Nuclear power station visitor centres

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at an operational power station? EDF has purpose-built visitor centres across the UK, each exploring how electricity is created in a fun and interactive way.

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic all site tours have been suspended for the foreseeable future. Our Exhibition Centres are either closed during this time or have limited opening arrangements with a requirement to book, further information can be found for each location on the 'plan your visit' section below. 

We have welcomed over 500,000 people through the doors of our visitor centres

Come and take a peek at our exhibition space – an educational environment designed for all ages. You will learn about the future of our energy mix, how we make our megawatts and what exciting career opportunities are available in our business.

Classrooms are also available for school visits, and pre-arranged tours around the power station are free of charge - find your nearest power station below and get in touch and we hope to see you soon! 

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Frequently asked questions

Why do I need to pre-book a site tour. Can't I just turn up?

To comply with the requirements of our Nuclear Site Licence and our regulators, all tours must be booked at least four weeks in advance. For safety and security reasons all our visitors are required to provide some personal information designed to allow background checks. The personal data submitted will be processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation; further information can be found in our privacy notice. You will also be required to bring photographic identification with you on the day, preferably your passport, and you will pass through airline style security checks before being allowed to take part in our visitor tour. If you do not have any photographic identification, please contact the visitor centre team to understand what identification will be acceptable. Those arriving without acceptable identification will not be permitted on to the station tour.

Is there anything I can’t bring on site with me?

Yes, to ensure we comply with our Nuclear Site Licence, there are restrictions on taking specific items on to site. This includes (but not exclusive to) weapons, cameras, mobile telephones, video recording equipment and all GPS tracking devices – including fitness watches. This applies to all staff and visitors. Please contact the relevant site to clarify whether you are permitted to take an object on to site.

I’m a foreign / dual national - am I allowed on the site tours?

Foreign nationals may be allowed on the pre-arranged tours but are subject to additional security requirements, and need prior approval from the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR). This process takes a minimum of 4 weeks. Please note that these requirements do not apply to children under the age of 16 who are visiting as part of an organised school party. Please contact the visitor centre of the site you wish to visit to make these arrangements.

How accessible is the pre-arranged tour?

Subject to the conditions of our Nuclear Site Licence, our visitor centres are open to everyone and are fully accessible to all. The walking tour of our sites takes approximately one to two hours to complete and may include lifts, narrow corridors and in some cases stairways; this may not be suitable for people with walking difficulties. Please check with our visitor centre staff prior to your visit if you have any mobility concerns or medical conditions the site should be aware of. Where possible, arrangements will be made to accommodate all visitors on a tour of the power station.

Will I be safe on a nuclear power station?

The safety of our staff, visitors and the communities around us is our number one priority. All our guides are fully trained to ensure that your visit will be both safe and enjoyable. During the tour you may hear alarm tests or announcements, these are part of our normal operations and your guide will keep you advised as to what they mean.

Do I need to wear special clothing?

It is a requirement that arms and legs are fully covered when attending a tour. Shoes should be flat and secure, heels or open-toed shoes are not permitted. A warm coat is recommended in the winter months; many of our sites are on the coast, and it can be cold and windy at times. Some of our sites require visitors to wear additional safety clothing such as a high visibility jacket and hard hat; these will be provided for you before you leave on the tour.

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