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Royal Gunpowder Mills

Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY, England
+44 1992 707370
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Overpriced and disorganised

I went to this on a family busy with my 8 year old sister and 10 year old brother who looked... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
James H
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London, United Kingdom
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Lovely family day out

We visited Royal Gunpowder Mills during the February Half Term. The event they were running this... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hemapu75
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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
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I went to this on a family busy with my 8 year old sister and 10 year old brother who looked disengaged the entire visit with the exception of the experiment show. The whole place is was overpriced arts and crafts with people merely suppling...More

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RGMadmin, Events & Marketing Coordinator at Royal Gunpowder Mills, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are sorry to hear of your experience at the Royal Gunpowder Mills. Firstly, we would encourage all families to visit the free Science Museum and other funded London places, but what we offer is very different, a unique site for history, science and nature,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Royal Gunpowder Mills during the February Half Term. The event they were running this Half Term was called ‘Mayhem in the Mad Lab’. We all enjoyed the visit. My 5 year daughter enjoyed making a rocket and launching it, making floam, space sand,...More

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harveyp2, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Gunpowder Mills, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We are delighted you enjoyed the day with us despite the long wait for the show. Unfortunately prof Nitrate got stuck in a massive traffic jam on the motorway and even being a mad professor he couldn't magic himself out of it. Unfortunately we don't...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a lovely day here learning about the history of gunpowder production. Fascinating human interest stories of the people who worked there. Loved the post industrial atmosphere and derelict buildings to explore. The people were knowledgeable and friendly. Kids (6-15) loved the Professor Nitrate show,...More

1  Thank James S
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RGMadmin, Events & Marketing Coordinator at Royal Gunpowder Mills, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi James. Many thanks for your review - we are glad that you had a fantastic experience and hope to see you again at our future events

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited with our 7 year old grandson. First off there is ample parking onsite. I will confess to being a little worried by the extremely slow entrance booth, but to be fair timekeeping is not a primary skill of the small but very friendly...More

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RGMadmin, Events & Marketing Coordinator at Royal Gunpowder Mills, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank your so much for Paul for your fantastic review - we hope to see you at some more of our events during our 2018 season.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Royal Gunpowder Mills deserve to be better known. I like industrial history, but didn't really know what to expect as I'd only vaguely heard of this. However, we had a superb day out. It's definitely best to start at the main exhibition, which has...More

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RGMadmin, Events & Marketing Coordinator at Royal Gunpowder Mills, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review Antony. We are glad you all had a great day out and hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great time visiting. The children had fun at the activity stations making slime, magic sand and rockets. There was a good balance of displays/information as well as hands on activities for the children. Professor Nitrates Lab is a must when you visit, but...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were meeting friends and found a place half way. I've never heard of this place and had low expectations...but was pleasantly surprised. Attended 2 science shows which were fantastic. The guy doing them was absolutely brilliant, for children and adults. Also children made slime...More

1  Thank Londonmum487
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went today, during Feb half term. There is lots to do including making slime, 'space sand' and rockets. We spent quite some time in the main exhibition and considering the usual attention spans of my kids (7,4 and 18months) it kept them entertained for...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is quirky, Entertaining for the kids as their is 3 shows on a day ( magic and scientific ) A on site cafe ( reasonable prices ) The kids can make a rocket out of paper and then they have competitions who can...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Given that gunpowder mills is run by volunteers it’s a great day out. There are interactive areas (build a rocket, fire a pellet gun and exhibits) for children aged 3 - 15 there are different parts to enjoy. We went with a teenager who enjoyed...More

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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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Gregg B
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Response from rogerreed2 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know but their website should tell you.
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