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Royal Gunpowder Mills

Open today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An interesting day out

We visited as a group and were able to enjoy a trip around the site on the land train. The film... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2018
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Very enjoyable Bank holiday

Spent a very enjoyable bank holiday here with the kids. 7 year old daughter and 10 year old son... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
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  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“land train”(52 reviews)
“mad lab”(36 reviews)
The Royal Gunpowder Mills is a great place for families to spend days out exploring the secret history of gunpowder, explosives and rocket propellants through our engaging interactive Exhibitions, Science Shows and Children's Activities. With a 300...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY, England
+44 1992 707370
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Reviewed 10 September 2018

We visited as a group and were able to enjoy a trip around the site on the land train. The film presentations were interesting and the weapon exhibition was well-presented. All the volunteers were enthusiastic and knowledgeable and contributed to a very informative and enjoyable...More

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Reviewed 28 August 2018

Spent a very enjoyable bank holiday here with the kids. 7 year old daughter and 10 year old son loved the mad lab. Professer Nitrate is very humorous and kept everyone entertained (including adults). They also enjoyed the test range where you can try water...More

1  Thank J K
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Every year the Mill has a summer Mad Lab on certain days each week with activities to build and launch rockets, watch science experiments, and, if you are over 10yrs to have a go on their shooting range. The activities and science show are really...More

Thank McGuinness_129
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

We arrived there today there wasn’t much to do there but I saw a stagg deer which really topped my day off but apart from that there wasn’t much to do there could I be improved Like more exhibitions but sorry we will not be...More

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Reviewed 15 August 2018

We arrived at 10am, departed 4pm and only stopped for 30 mins for our packed lunch! The 4 boys were age 7 and 8, and the day scored two 9 out of 10s and two 10 out of 10s at the end of the day...More

Thank Emma B
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

Just had an amazing educational full day out at The Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey. Together with my 7 & 10 year old boys we made rockets and launched them, learnt about rockets in the rocket vault, made slime, wrote secret messages before taking in...More

Thank Lorraine K
RGMadmin, Events & Marketing Coordinator at Royal Gunpowder Mills, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2018

Hi Lorraine. Many thanks for your lovely review. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

This place has infuriated me twice- on both occasions the website was not updated so a 40 minute journey was wasted. The site closes according to staff availability and the online info is inaccurate- be safe and phone them before wasting an hour of your...More

1  Thank Jonatenner
RGMadmin, Events & Marketing Coordinator at Royal Gunpowder Mills, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

Hi Jonatenner. Sorry you we're not able to visit us on two occasions. Our website does state on our home page that our Opening Times are 10am - 5pm and that these opening times apply to Sunday - Wednesday until August 29. This is not...More

Reviewed 9 August 2018

We visited today, arriving at 11am and leaving at 5pm, with 6 children aged 7-13 and they all had a great time. Admittedly it isn't as polished as some visitor attractions but I think that's part of its charm and what it may lack in...More

Thank _emaillouisew
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Expensive day out for what you get. The show of the Professor was good fun and an interesting collection of machine guns but the rest of the venue was poor in set up. Also there was no place to park your bikes inside the park....More

Thank Bas B
Reviewed 1 August 2018

We took a 7 and a 10 year old here for the day. All in all an excellent day. A little bit of a drive to get there but there was ample parking when we went. We engaged in a guided tour via tractor (paid...More

Thank Darren D
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3 August 2018|
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Response from RGMadmin | Property representative |
Hi. Thank you for your question. Since our 2017 season the decision was made to open Sunday - Wednesday in the Summer Holidays due to a noted pattern of busier days in previous summer holidays. On days we are not open to... More
Debbie H
5 May 2018|
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Response from Minky1981 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Debbie yes all the attraction is wheel chair friendly. Hope this helps
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