Set in 170 acres of parkland and boasting 21 buildings of major historical importance the Royal Gunpowder Mills mixes fascinating history, exciting science, and beautiful surroundings to produce a magical day out for all.
Scientific methods developed at the Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey made British gunpowder the envy of the World. From the development of Congreve’s Rocket in the 1800’s to the bouncing bomb of WWI, Waltham Abbey has always been at the centre of scientific research. Eventually becoming a centre for research and development, work done here was at the cutting edge of rocket technology during the late 20th Century.
Many listed historical structures and canals combine with extensive wooded areas creating a hidden world with a thriving ecology. Visitors are free to explore a large area of the site unguided. There is a self-guided nature trail and wildlife watchtower with panoramic views. A guided land train tour takes visitors deep into the conservation area that cannot be accessed on foot.
There is plenty to keep kids amused with an interactive exhibition, a recreation of a shops and rooms from ‘London in the Blitz’ including a kitchen, Post Office and General Store and toyshop. There are free I Spy games and wildlife leaflet introducing a selection of animals that are likely to put in an appearance during your visit.
The attraction boasts an extensive special events programme with living history and battle re-enactments from many periods. See the separate events listing for details.