One of only two nuclear power stations in Scotland, Hunterston B generates enough low carbon electricity to power approximately 1.5 million homes.
This visitor centre was opened by Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing in August 2012. It has been awarded a 5 star rating from Visit Scotland, and in March 2016 received a Silver Award from the Green Tourism Board.
School party enjoying the exhibits at Hunterston visitor centre
Learning about nuclear power generation
How much electricity can you generate?
Official opening of Hunterston B visitor centre
Visitors enjoying a tour around Hunterston B power station
Visitor centre guides with their 5 start award
Exploring the visitor route at Hunterston B power station
Torness and Hunterston B visitor centres attend the Scottish Learning Festival
Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 16:00 hours, except bank holidays
Closed on Good Friday (14th April) and Easter Monday (17th April)
If you have any questions about the visitor centre, or about taking a tour, please contact our visitor centre co-ordinator Emma:
Telephone: 01294 826008
Address: Hunterston B power station, West Kilbride, Ayrshire. KA23 9QX
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 in advance and visitors will be subject to security clearance processes. All tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance; note some sites require four weeks notice. Please check the site individual requirements. You will be required to bring photographic identification with you, preferably your passport, to complete the arrangements prior to going on the 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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