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The Royal Gunpowder Mills

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Type:Heritage / Visitor Centre

Beaulieu Drive
Waltham Abbey
Essex
EN9 1JY

Tel: 01992 707370

Fax: 01992 707372

Wildlife Tower, footbridge and canal-side building at the Royal Gunpowder Mills Waltham Abbey.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Ticket£10.50 per ticket
Child Ticket (3-15yrs)£8.50 per ticket
Concession Ticket (over 60 or full-time student)£9.00 per ticket
Disabled and Carer (ticket required per person)£9.00 per ticket
Family Ticket 2 adults and 2 children£34.20 per ticket
Family Ticket 2 adults and 3 children£41.85 per ticket
Season Ticked - Disabled and Carer (per person)£24.00 per ticket
Season Ticket - Adult£29.00 per ticket
Season Ticket - Child£22.00 per ticket
Season Ticket - Concession£24.00 per ticket
Season Ticket - Family 2+2£90.00 per ticket
Season Ticket - Family 2+3£110.00 per ticket
Season Ticket - Single Parent Family 1+2£64.00 per ticket
Season Ticket - Single Parent Family 1+3£86.00 per ticket
Single Parent Family Ticket 1 adult and 2 childern£24.75 per ticket
Single Parent Family Ticket 1 adult and 3 children£32.40 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Facilities

Attraction Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Countryside Setting
  • Forest Location - The large site includes unique Alder plantation and associated wildlife. The whole site can be visited by the Land Train or Military Truck Experience.
  • In countryside - Although on the outskirts of Waltham Abbey and close to London, this unique site has large areas of grass and wooded sections. It is adjacent to the Lee Valley Park.
  • In town/city centre - The site is on the outskirts of Waltham abbey, itself a historic market town.
  • Indoor Attraction - The main exhibition, armoury and rocket collection, plus Professor Nitrates Mad Lab are all indoors.
  • Outdoor Attraction - The Royal Gunpowder Mills is a very large unspoilt site with areas designated of special scientific interest (SSIs). The dangerous nature of gunpowder manufacture, and the later chemical explosives, made it sensible to space buildings apart. So the industrial processes can be explored within a natural environment. Trees were allowed to flourish between the buildings as they provided an additional safety barrier should an explosion occur in a building, and canals link all parts of the site.

Accessibility

  • Accessible Lift - All the publically accessible buildings on the site are ground floor accept the main exhibition building where there is an accessible lift.
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - All the publically accessible buildings on the site are ground floor accept the main exhibition building where there is an accessible lift. As this is a heritage site, there is some uneven ground but most areas and buildings are wheel chair accessible as is the Land Train which conducts guided tours of the whole site.
  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Wheelchair user accessible - All the publically accessible buildings on the site are ground floor accept the main exhibition building where there is an accessible lift. As this is a heritage site, there is some uneven ground but most areas and buildings are wheel chair accessible as is the Land Train which conducts guided tours of the whole site.

Children & Infants

  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome
  • Outdoor children’s play area

Parking & Transport

  • Bus stop within walking distance
  • Coach parking
  • Free parking
  • On Site Car Parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)
  • Secure cycle parking - The car park includes an open, but covered cycle parking area.

Catering

  • Cafe
  • Catering for groups
  • Catering Provided
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Outdoor eating area
  • Picnic area
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • All weather attraction - Although we hold special events which take place outdoors, our main exhibitions are under cover and the site can be visited via our covered land train or military truck experience.
  • Guided tours
  • Guided tours by arrangement - Visitors who have a specific interest in a particular aspect of the history or processes or items exhibited at the Royal Gunpowder Mills, can arrange to have a volunteer guide with relevant knowledge available when they visit. This is by arrangement and dependant on the relevant expertise being available.
  • Marquee Space Available
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Special Opening for Groups by Arrangement
  • Team / Corporate Activities

Specialist Features

  • Cyclists welcome
  • Educational Groups - The Royal Gunpowder Mills has a dedicated education team and regularly delivers a range of programmes for local schools.
  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children - Children love Professor Nitrates Mad Lab shows.
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth
  • Marketed Towards Students / Youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted - The Royal Gunpowder Mills has a dedicated education team and regularly delivers a range of programmes for local schools.
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - The Royal Gunpowder Mills is lucky to have an army of knowledgeable volunteers who can answer technical (and not so technical) questions and bring the past and processes alive. Some of the volunteers are past employees. The land train tours of the site include guides who explain the history of the site, its buildings and the processes which went on there.

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