Must See Attractions
The Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey is an important heritage site with a remarkable true story. The charity which runs the attraction is committed to conserving and sharing the fascinating 300 year history with future generations by providing exciting and interesting educational programmes and family activities.
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The Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey is an important heritage site with a remarkable true story. The charity which runs the attraction is committed to conserving and sharing the fascinating 300 year history with future generations… Read More
The Mad Lab
Home to the eccentric Professor Nitrate and his loyal team of lab-rats. The mad lab is filled with curious contraptions, extra-ordinary experiments and mysterious machines!
The professor is always on the look out for willing volunteers to tes… Read More
The Rocket Vault
From tank busters to rocket motors used to launch satellites into space – see some of the secret rockets worked on at Waltham Abbey in our brand new exhibit.
The exhibition shows the development of rocket motors and propellants from Cong… Read More
Film and Exhibition
An award winning film revealing the history of explosives and how they were produced at the Royal Gunpowder Mills.
The Film shows every 20 minutes throughout opening hours and is screened in the Lecture Theatre located on th… Read More
The Armoury is one of our most popular attractions.
The Armoury is a comprehensive collection of small arms and militaria recently acquired, catalogued and redesigned by The Royal Gunpowder Mills with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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Land Train Tour
Fees:Adults - £2.00 Children (5-16) - £1.00 Children under 5 sitting on an adults lap are carried Free.The Land Train Tour can also accommodate wheelchairs.
Schedule:12am; 1pm; 2pm; 3pm; 4pm
These rides are operated on a first come f… Read More
The Bangs Galore & Gunpowder Creek Railway
Take a ride on The Bangs Galore & Gunpowder Creek Railway! Great Fun for all the family.
The Railway is a 7 1/4 inch gauge miniature railway built by Uncle John and his Merry Team.
1.00p… Read More
Narrow Gauge Railway Project
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Experience the brand new Test Range where you can try your hand at Crazy Carts and Airsoft Rifles (age 9 and above).
Airsoft Rifle Range
(age 9 and above)
Children's Playground with Zip-wire, Swings, and Obstacle Courses.
Picnic tables are available for parents. Read More
Historical Walk & Audio Tour
Discover the science and history surrounding the manufacture of gunpowder and other explosives by taking our 23 point Online Audio Tour which can be listened to by clicking the speaker icons.
When you visit our site in … Read More
A crime scene investigation-style feature utilising archive material to shed new light on the Gunpowder Mills deadly past. Read More
Women at War
Over 3000 women worked at ‘The Powder Mills’ during the war. This is a fascinating photographic display highlighting the vital and varied role women played.
The Home Front during the First World War is exceptionally well r… Read More
The Wildlife Tower is on the edge of the woodland and offers visitors a great vantage point with panoramic views for the resident wildlife. Things to do include:
• Bark Rubbings, Quizzes and Colouring are available for children. • See up-… Read More
Woodlands Nature Walk
Take the Nature Walk trail and perhaps detect some of the amazing wildlife that live here - don't miss the Wildlife Tower for lots more information.
Pick up a free Nature Walk Guide Map in the Shop.
The Nature Walk will highlight m… Read More
Gunpowder Production in Waltham Abbey
Documentary evidence shows that gunpowder was produced in the Waltham Abbey area from at least the 17th Century. Later the Royal Gunpowder Mills became the leading English producer. The Waltham Ab… Read More
Gunpowder Plot Display
Using archive materials and an animated 3D fly-through animation of the Parliament Buildings, the exhibition unfolds the turbulent times and events leading up to this infamous assassination attempt on James I.
It was at the openi… Read More
The first ballistic pendulum was invented in 1742 by Benjamin Robbins to measure the explosive energy of gunpowder. There are 2 pendula (or pendulums) on display, which were donated by the Health & Safety Establishment at Buxton, whe… Read More
The Burning Ground dates from 1963. This is where various types of discarded explosives or unwanted materials were burned and destroyed. This piece of triangular ground also has much earlier structures.
The nearby Gunpowder P… Read More
Explore war-time life with reconstructions from the 1940s. Experience the sights and sounds as you step inside an Anderson air-raid shelter, peek into a war-time kitchen, and toy shop, and browse in a 1940s general store.
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This boat was one of a number built between 1850 and 1936. They were used to convey Gunpowder and later Cordite around the waterways of the Royal Gunpowder Mills.
This particular boat, No. 20, was built in 1920 and it is now unique and is… Read More