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Royal Gunpowder Mills

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

My visit was excellent. Very educational, didn’t know this place existed. The mad scientist was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Maureen N
Interesting enough but long dilapidated site

Quite expensive (even after the discounted Sunday in June / July rate) for what turned out to be a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
M M
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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 year history and 170 acres of secret science and hidden heritage there's always a great day out to be had at the Royal Gunpowder Mills - Next open February 10 - February 18 for MAYHEM IN THE MAD LAB
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY, England
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+44 1992 707370
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Reviewed yesterday

My visit was excellent. Very educational, didn’t know this place existed. The mad scientist was absolutely fantastic for children and adults. The ticket price was very reasonable, other places are far more expensive. Thank you.

Thank Maureen N
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Quite expensive (even after the discounted Sunday in June / July rate) for what turned out to be a large site with many buildings and exhibits in desperate need of some TLC. Some modern features mixed in and the history of the site is evident....More

Thank M M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with my 2 yr old and 6 yr old. Great fun and also very educational without my son noticing... Lovely helpful people running it, with a real passion. Good clean facilities. It is a day long visit so entry prices are value for money.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Did not know what to expect.. made a rocket and launched it, send a bottle zipping down track, prof nitrate was brilliant, kids nearly exploded with excitement, never laughed so loud for long time.. all you want fire , explosions, rockets blasting , not expensive,...More

Thank Diane G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family of 2 adults and kids aged 10 and 8 were camping nearby and spent a great day at the gunpowder mills. There's an interesting exhibition which is fairly accessible, a big room full of guns which kids loved (!), good outdoor play stuff,...More

Thank Paul H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went today with two kids aged 5 and 2 and they had a brilliant day. Some much to do that is included in the entry price only extras were cafe/ train and tractor rides but they were in expensive. The kids made rockets, launched...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went with a friend & had with us 4 children aged 6, 7 & two who are 9. It was half term & they had their spy event on. It was a lovely day, not too busy, nice little playground & brilliant activities. The...More

Thank Rebecca T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a lovely full day here, very reasonable entry price and a refreshingly non commercialised venue. Lots of enthusiastic volunteers happy to share their knowledge of the place. Professor nitro show in the lab was a particular highlight which the kids loved. Playground, picnic spots,...More

Thank rugbyglobetrotter
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fab day out with my 5 year old and my parents in their 60's. Plenty to see and do during the spy event. My son ran all day, great little adventure play area and lots of grass. Masses of seating available and shady spots which...More

Thank Kerry8097
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Reviewed 11 May 2018

Went 8 May with 60 cub scouts and had a wonderful day. They were enthralled with Proffesor Nitrate an interactive show and not to be missed. Teaching science to them explosions fire etc and they really did learn VE weekend the stalls for example the...More

Thank jill t
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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
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Annieangel999
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
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Gregg B
29 April 2017|
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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.
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