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Immerse the children in fun exploration of science, history and nature at the Royal Gunpowder Mills!

On selected dates in 2023, 300 years of intrigue and history in a stunning natural setting are ready to explore. Visitor activities, busy school programmes, talks, walks, tractor tours, a miniature and a narrow gauge railway, exhibitions, workshops and re-enactments are amongst the ways visitors can explore and enjoy our unique site in 2023. The Royal Gunpowder Mills shaped military history as well as the development of civil industries such as mining and quarrying. It began as a family-run business, but later became Crown property and a major local employer of workers in the Lea Valley. Over the centuries the factory grew, adapting to new technologies, and expanding its workforce to meet the increasing demand for explosives and propellants. Much of the 170-acre site is now a scheduled ancient monument and site of special scientific interest. The nature reserve attracts a wide range of birds, such as the siskin, barn owls, herons and kingfishers. Other animals that make their home at the Mills include fallow deer, muntjac, grass snakes and various species of bat. The waterways are inhabited by large carp and other fish, such as pike; in summer, these areas are alive with dragonflies and damselflies.  

They're open on selected dates in 2023 and it’s essential to pre-book your tickets before you travel. Please note that we’re opening differently to the way we’ve opened in the past with a variety of selected activities and events replacing our standard opening days
They also have a range of special events showcasing living history, and heritage, demonstrating explosives and going out on Guy Fawkes night with a big bang!
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Beaulieu Drive
Waltham Abbey,

Tel: 01992 707360

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