170 acre historic landscape featuring 20 listed buildings and a network of canals survive, showing the manufacture of munitions from the 17th century. Various exhibitions and guided tours of the gunpowder sites. 2ft 6in. demonstration railway.
- Souvenir Shop
- Full disabled access
Beaulieu Drive Waltham Abbey Essex EN9 1JY
10-18 Feb. 28 Mar, 1-17 Apr. 29 Apr-1 May, 27 May-4 Jun 1000-1700 (Last entry 1500). No further dates available at press time. 2017
By Rail: Waltham Cross / 1 mile
Science, history and nature themes are embedded in the landscape and buildings of the Royal Gunpowder Mills. Here, gunpowder and other explosives were designed, tested and manufactured from 17th century onwards and after the 2nd World War was the site of secret work on rocket fuels until closure in 1991.
We connect children and adult visitors to history, science and nature via our open days and events. Visitors can ride on the land train on a journey to explore the northern parts of the site, criss-crossed with dry canals, alder woodland and the mysterious buildings uniquely designed to manufacture explosives peeping through the trees.
The site is an anchor point of the European Route of Heritage. It is a Sheduled Ancient Monument and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Keep an eye out for wild deer and other wildlife in the beautiful setting throughout your stay.
We run a Heritage Steam day each May, and have a miniature railway and a 2ft 6in. railway, each keeping alive the original presence of railways on the industrial site.
A brilliant day for any visitor, we take care to welcome families, and have informative and enthusiastic volunteer guides, many connected to the site when it was a working establishment.