Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park


Oare Gunpowder Works is a unique blend of heritage and wildlife.

Visitors are invited to follow well-marked trails to discover the remains of one of the significant gunpowder works of the area and appreciate some of the wildlife of Kent.

There is easy parking, well-marked trails and several picnic areas. Interpretation panels are spread throughout the site and there are more in the Visitor Centre.

The Visitor Centre is open to the public on weekends from April to November from 10.30am to 4.30pm. There are displays explaining how gunpowder was made at Oare and reflecting the part the Works played in the development of Faversham. Postcards and publications about gunpowder are available in the visitors centre shop. There are toilets both within the visitor centre and in the car park. A toilet suitable for wheelchair users and those with other disabilities is at the visitor centre. Adjacent to the visitor centre is a small picnic area with tables.

The surfaced trails around the site are colour coded. They will lead you around through the woodland past the remains of the buildings. Different trails pass close to the massive walls of the Corning House, alongside the canals (or leats), across the Marshland Boardwalk and onto the viewing deck of the millpond. Other trails lead to the firing range and through the open grassland meadow. At key points throughout the site there are interpretation panels helping to interpret the site. Reflecting the unique blend of wildlife and history, the boards include old photographs of buildings and comments about the wildlife present in the area.

Kent Wildlife Trust has designated the site as part of a larger Site of Nature Conservation Interest (Local Wildlife Site) acknowledging the importance of the wildlife within the county of Kent.

The area also contains part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The reason for the notification is that the millpond reed bed forms part of the largest remaining area of freshwater grazing marshes in North Kent. Additionally it has been noted that some bats use the site.

Opening Times (please check before visiting)
The site is open to the public seven days a week.
Please note that vehicle access to the car park will be restricted to the following times : 9 am to 5pm weekdays, 10.30am to 4.30pm weekends.
It is vitally important that vehicles vacate the site before 5pm as the gate will be closed and locked at this time.

Visitor Centre Opening Times:
April - November 10.30am to 4.30pm (Weekends Only).

The Oare Works are located 1 mile west of Faversham, just off the B2045 and close to the M2.

Our address is:
Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park,
Western Link,
ME13 7UD

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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015