About the Hinkley Point Visitor Centre

We're relocating our visitor centre from Bridgwater to Cannington. The Angel Place Centre closed due to the pandemic, and we're not planning to reopen it, but instead are focussing our efforts on being ready to welcome visitors to our new centre, within Cannington Court, this winter. Our team remain available to answer queries about our activity at Hinkley Point, you can find out how to contact us here.

 

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How to find us

Address

Hinkley Point Visitor Centre
Angel Place Shopping Centre
Bridgwater
TA6 3TQ

 

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 16:00 (except bank holidays)

 

Book a tour of Hinkley Point B or Hinkley Point C

All of our site tours are free of charge and have a minimum age limit of 8 years old.

Hinkley Point B power station tours

Join us on a walking tour of our generating nuclear power station, starting at one of our Visitor Centre locations. Your tour will take in the sights and sounds of our control room viewing gallery, the turbine hall and our pilecap viewing gallery which is situated 160ft above sea level and looks down onto the top of our two reactors.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all tours of Hinkley Point B and Hinkley Point C are currently suspended. Please register your interest here and we will let you know when tours become available again.

Hinkley Point C general public tours

Join us on an exciting coach tour of the extensive new nuclear build site at Hinkley Point C, starting at the Hinkley Point C Cannington Park and Ride facility. Our general public tours are available on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all tours of Hinkley Point B and Hinkley Point C are currently suspended. Please register your interest here and we will let you know when tours become available again.

Hinkley Point C organised business group tours

Join us on an exciting coach tour of the extensive new nuclear build site at Hinkley Point C, starting at the Hinkley Point C Cannington Park and Ride facility. If you have a business need to visit Hinkley Point C we would like to arrange the tour to meet your business requirements. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all tours of Hinkley Point B and Hinkley Point C are currently suspended. Please register your interest here and we will let you know when tours become available again. 

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, and sometimes longer than this due to the popularity of our visits. For safety and security reasons all of 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 notices at edfenergy.com/yourprivacy. You will also be required to bring photographic identification with you on the day, preferably a current passport, and you will pass through airline style security checks before being allowed to take part in our visitor tour. Please contact the visitor centre team to understand what photographic 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 site tour of our operational power station, Hinkley Point B. On all of our site tours, shoes should be flat, secure and fully enclosed (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. Please contact our visitor centre staff who will be able to answer any enquiries you have.

What else should I know about before booking onto a site tour?

EDF Energy has a policy on drugs and alcohol which is a fundamental part of our commitment to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of our employees and the public. We will not accept anybody on our site who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Privacy Notice

We respect your privacy and value the trust you place in us when you share your personal information with us. Our Privacy Notice (together with EDF's Privacy Policy and Website Terms and Conditions), sets out how we collect and use your personal information, why we use it, with whom we share it, the rights to which you may be entitled and your choices about our use of your personal information, that may arise from your interactions with us. 

Explore nuclear power from the comfort of your own home

Take a virtual tour of Hinkley Point B

Take a virtual tour of Hinkley Point C

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