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Museum, £9.75


Royal Gunpowder Mills

Royal Gunpowder Mills


Beaulieu Drive,
Waltham Abbey,


The Royal Gunpowder Mills is a 170-acre oasis of natural beauty and heritage with an extraordinary history of explosives and research into rocket fuels. Closed in 1997, the site has a very important place in both the history of Great Britain, its home town of Waltham Abbey and internationally, bearing the imprint of 300 years of manufacturing explosives in its structures and landscape. It is designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Children are at the heart of our fun Science Shows in the Mad Lab and activities such as making and launching a rocket. There is a real rocket exhibition and an interactive exhibition for the history of explosives. We run special events and school education programmes. There is a lot for adults to do too!

A very popular land-train takes you on a guided tour by a long road that wends a way through alder woodland criss-crossed with streams and dry canals and with mysterious historic buildings peeping through the trees. Look out for deer and the picturesque Press House. A magical day out for all.

See our website for more information and ticket prices which include a range of family tickets.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Opening details

2016 Opening Times:
Open Daily during School Holidays.
Open every Sunday 25 March - 29 August.
10 am - 5 pm (last entry 3 pm)


See our website for more information and ticket prices which include a range of family tickets.

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 22 - Sun 30 Oct October Half Term spooky fun
Sat 22 - Sun 30 Oct Spooky Secret Island
Sat 5 - Sun 6 Nov Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks



Plan route to Royal Gunpowder Mills using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TL 376008  Lat: 51.68967 Long: -0.01007

By Road:
By Road:
From the M25: Leave jct 26, follow signs for A121 to Waltham Abbey. At traffic lights, McDonalds on your left, our entrance is opposite in 'Beaulieu Drive'.

Nearest station: Waltham Cross
By Public Transport:
From Waltham Cross station it is 20 minutes' walk to Royal Gunpowder Mills.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Waltham Cross station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)