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“Great day!”

Royal Gunpowder Mills
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Uncover 300 years of hidden truth about this top secret facility through a film and interactive displays. Find out how gunpowder came to Britain and the vital role Gunpowder Mills played in both World Wars and the Space Race!New features for 2011 include the 'Rocket Vault' and Professor Nitrate's Mad-Lab set within the laboratory of an eccentric rocket scientist and full of explosive surprises. Set within 170 acres of natural parkland, there is also 1940s exhibition, Women at War Photo Gallery, Dangerous Days exhibition and a military truck tour. General opening times: Daily during the School Holidays PLUS Open Sundays April - August. Watch our website for Special Events, showtimes and prices.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great day!”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Cold February 1/2 term visit. Arrived in time for mad science at lunchtime fantastic 30 mins of fun for all ages. Rocket making & launch simple but entertaining. Nerf gun range long queue for short go but boys enjoyed. Plan to go back in summer to see more. Truck ride to look forward to. Great value day £45 for 2 adults & 5children.

Visited February 2013
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English first
Letchworth, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“What an amazing and informative place”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

I took William and a friend here last summer. fantastic place, steeped in history and natural beautiful surroundings. The Nutty Professor was fun!

Visited July 2012
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Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Worth a visit if your not too far but not worth a long journey!!”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

Have been to the Mills a few times but only because it's not too far away.
They have a science show with a mad professor which is fun to watch & take part in. The sights are average, they used to make them more fun to walk around with air raid sirens etc. But last few times they haven't been on. They have an armoury & a cinema screen showing the history of gunpowder.
They have different days & activities on throughout the year like medieval weekend & spy weekend which are rather fun but can be a little unorganized sometimes.
They have some science experiments to try out and a rifle range & a kiddy archery range. They give each person 1 free go on the rifle range & archery but you've got to buy tickets for £1 each for more goes.
Overall, depending on the day you choose to go on will depend on the day you have.
Worth a day out if its not a long journey but not worth a long trip.

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england
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Cafe was fairly dirty with very basic quite unhealthy foods.”
Reviewed December 4, 2012


Visit overall wasn't bad, especially the talk which involved some tasty bangs!
The cafe whilst having good potetnial has very down market fayre and was quite dirty. The staff seemed not to be aware at all of this.

Visited September 2012
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London, England, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“two for one”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

The best part about this place is the day you visit, you get a voucher to go back again the following week. There is always something on, be it jousting or re-enactments from the past. we had a good time here over the 2 days we went.

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