Royal Gunpowder Mills
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The Royal Gunpowder Mills museum is 10km west of Cork city. Covering 130 acres of landscaped grounds, it is an impressive heritage project featuring canals, weirs, sluice gates, mills and worker's cottages. The mills were established in 1794 and flourished during the Napoleonic Wars, when the British used them as a military base. By the 1850s, gunpowder production had become one of Cork's foremost industries. The mills eventually closed in 1903, at the end of the Boer War. A guided tour covers the production of gunpowder in the main mills, and visitors are free to explore the rest of this interesting complex at their leisure. Hours change seasonally, so make sure to call ahead.