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Royal Gunpowder Mills

Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY, England
+44 1992 707370
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Very good day out

Very good day out, lots of things to do and very good value for money with lots of things free once... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2017
Billericay, United Kingdom
good day out, lots of history

Our visit here was an interesting day out, you can see old army vehicles and see how the bunkers... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2017
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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.
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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY, England
+44 1992 707370
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Reviewed 26 August 2017

Very good day out, lots of things to do and very good value for money with lots of things free once you have paid admission. Land train highly recommended.

Thank christaft2016
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Our visit here was an interesting day out, you can see old army vehicles and see how the bunkers used to be in the second world war.

Thank CharlieN3
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

We visited with 6 children ranging from 6 to 12. We were pleasantly surprised at what there was available. All the children were engaged with the film, looking around the armoury and the information and interactive information point in the Secret Island. The Mad Lab...More

Thank MinxySos
Reviewed 21 August 2017

This was a second visit with grandsons. They particularly wanted to fire airguns, visit the armoury and listen to Professor Nitrate.. The Nitrate lecture has deteriorated and it was difficult to understand what age group it was aimed at. The other two activities were up...More

1  Thank Lenmancon
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Two adults and two boys aged 11 and 9 enjoyed a thrilling 5 hours at this location and we could have stayed much longer. There are Mad Lab displays by Professor Nitrate that last 30 minutes each. These presentations were a mix of fun, humour,...More

Thank David P
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Overpriced and a waste of time and money. I'd suggest you avoid, and take your kids to chessington or Thorpe park.

Thank philleeds14
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Admittedly, it was a rather dreary Monday when we visited so it was rather quiet with only a few visitors. Apparently there were even fewer volunteer staff members. Admission, for four adults and one child cost a little over £50 and in exchange we got...More

Thank Mike and Pat O
Reviewed 31 July 2017

Like several other viewers, had never heard of this place, or found it searching for things to do with kids. SO glad we visited. First off, plenty of space to park cars. Straight forward entry fee. What impressed were the friendliness of staff, the simple...More

Thank PaulCockerton
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Never heard of it until our visit. Found whilst staying with family in Hertford. Only two of us visited but plenty to see and do with friendly knowledgeable staff. Would be good for young boys say 7 yrs upwards.

Thank michaelapps
Reviewed 27 July 2017

A friend lives in the local area so we decided to visit, as on paper it sounds like a fascinating place – and we were particularly pleased to see that there happened to be a Wild West re-enactment that weekend. There are certainly quite a...More

Thank IndigoStar79
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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.