The visitor centre is built on EDF Energy’s newest power station – West Burton B Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT). The carbon-neutral centre is even equipped with a solar pV system and rain water harvesting, to showcase the benefits of being sustainable.
The centre caters for all ages from key stage 2 and above – and includes a classroom which can be booked for school visits. Tours of the power station are available too; these just need to be booked in advance to ensure a guide is available for you
A local school look at electricity generation with one of our engineers
School party ready to head out on their tour of West Burton B!
Celebrating the visitor centre's first birthday
Learning about power generation
John Mann MP, with pupils from Tuxford Primary Academy
Pupils generate their own power
Experiencing a day in the life of an operator
Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 16:00 hours, except bank holidays
Evening and weekend tours by prior arrangement
Closed on Good Friday (14th April) and Easter Monday (17th April)
Bookings must be made at least 2 weeks in advance
You will be accompanied by a guide for the station tour
The tour includes steps and grated flooring. Tours can be revised, however contact the centre to arrange in advance
If you have any questions about the visitor centre, or about taking a tour, please contact our visitor centre co-ordinator Lyz:
Telephone: 01777 274 768
Address: West Burton B CCGT power station, Sturton Road, Retford. DN22 9BL
Why do I need to pre-book a site tour. Can't I just turn up?
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?
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. 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?
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 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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