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Royal Gunpowder Mills

Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY, England
+44 1992 707370
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Great day out and disabled friendly.

My wife booked us to go along to the Gunpowder Mills on a live History- Theatre and Tea event. The... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2017
Adrian D
Sandy, United Kingdom
via mobile
Repeat visit very disappointing

I am very disappointed to be writing this review, especially as I have visited on more than one... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2017
Near London
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Uncover 300 years of hidden truth about this top secret facility through a film and interactive displays. Find out how gunpowder came to Britain and the vital role Gunpowder Mills played in both World Wars and the Space Race!New features for 2011 include the 'Rocket Vault' and Professor Nitrate's Mad-Lab set within the laboratory of an eccentric rocket scientist and full of explosive surprises. Set within 170 acres of natural parkland, there is also 1940s exhibition, Women at War Photo Gallery, Dangerous Days exhibition and a military truck tour. General opening times: Daily during the School Holidays PLUS Open Sundays April - August. Watch our website for Special Events, showtimes and prices.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY, England
+44 1992 707370
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Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

My wife booked us to go along to the Gunpowder Mills on a live History- Theatre and Tea event. The day was a very enjoyable way to spend a Monday. The day consisted off a interactive journey through part of the Mills as you work...More

Thank Adrian D
Reviewed 2 June 2017

I am very disappointed to be writing this review, especially as I have visited on more than one occasion previously and have given positive reviews. However, today I was incredibly disappointed. We visited on a "Victorian Day" but to be perfectly honest, if we didn't...More

Thank TravellerNearLondon
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

I visited the Royal Gunpowder Mills during half term with my 8 year old daughter and her 8 year old friend and mum. Easy to find and easy to park just off the M25. On arrival we got a map with a timetable of events...More

1  Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This place is steeped in history, you can actually smell it. The Royal Gunpowder Mills is a really good day out, it could be amazing if they did a couple of things to make the day flow a bit more. The staff were really friendly...More

1  Thank Danny M
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

We visited on the bank holiday weekend and overall had a great time. We really enjoyed going round the main exhibition which was a great learning opportunity for the kids We also enjoyed the short shows run by professor Nitrate who did a super job...More

Thank nikd76
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

We visited today with our 3 year old we had a fantastic day. It was cowboy weekend which was great we also enjoyed professor nitrate and the truck rides. So much to do we were there from opening to till about half three full day...More

Thank Liz M
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Prof Nitrate engaged all age groups with his approach. My kids loved to assist. Informative and fascinating history - huge grounds and so much to think about.

Thank Rachel H
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Been here many times .............and have always enjoyed my visit.......Their annual VE Weekend was one of the best in recent years.......The weather was good......and the turn-out of re-enactors was very high indeed.......Each one had a tale to tell.....and everyone is so friendly......and eager to answer...More

1  Thank mikejbondy
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

I went with my parents, son and two nephews on the bank holiday; professor Nitrate was hilarious for the grown ups as well as the kids and he was totally the best bit about the day! Walking around and seeing everyone dressed in old war...More

Thank NatalieBruff
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the WW2 VE Re-enactment last BH weekend. As the leaflet says, "this site is very important for the history of explosives & propellants & is on the European Route of Industrial Heritage". We took the Land Train Tour & got...More

Thank Wasessa
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2 June 2017|
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Response from Sarah C | Reviewed this property |
Yes I think it's suitable for a 15 year old. I'm sure they would like the science shows and learning about the history of the gunpowder mills. There is a ride that goes the whole way round the gunpowder mills that lasts for... More
Gregg B
29 April 2017|
Response from harveyp2 | Property representative |
Hi. Yes we are open on the bank holiday Monday the 1st May. It is the biggest event day of the year so get here early as parking will become a problem later in the day. Have a look on the website for full details.
Gregg B
29 April 2017|
Response from rogerreed2 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know but their website should tell you.