The Royal Gunpowder Mills
300 years of intrigue and history in a stunning natural setting are ready to explore. Visitor activities, busy schools 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. Over the centuries the factory grew, adopting to new technologies, and expanding its workforce to meet 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. Other animals that make their home at the Mills include fallow deer & muntjac.
We’re only open on selected dates in 2023 and it’s essential to pre-book your tickets on our website before you travel.
We’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.
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