Hartlepool power station

Hartlepool is a nuclear power station on the north east coast of England. It is capable of supplying electricity to over 2 million UK homes.

In 2020 Hartlepool generated low carbon electricity for 2.3 million homes

Avoiding 3.0m tonnes of CO2 emissions*

Like taking 1.4m cars off UK roads for a year

About Hartlepool

  • Station Director: Craig Dohring
  • Reactor type: 2 Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors
  • Total supply to the national grid: 1185 MW
  • Coolant: Carbon dioxide gas (CO2)
  • Start of construction: 1968
  • Start of generation: 1983
  • Estimated end of generation: March 2024
  • People: Approximately 530 full time EDF employees plus over 200 full time contract partners
  • Daily plant status - find out which reactors at our eight nuclear power stations are in service and what they are generating (data updated on weekdays)

Visit Hartlepool power station

Due to Coronavirus all site tours have been suspended and our exhibition centre remains closed, we are also unfortunately unable to take any forward bookings at this time. We will update our website with further information when the situation changes.

Hartlepool visitor centre also houses The Partnership for Nature where EDF supports Natural England, Hartlepool Countryside Wardens and the Teesmouth Field Centre.

Hartlepool power station is a member of the Partnership for Nature. The borough of Hartlepool is fortunate to have habitats of international importance, a major resource for the area’s urban population; all of which you can find more about within this visitor centre. 

The objectives of the partnership are:

  • Conservation: to protect the countryside and enhance valuable wildlife habitats
  • Recreation: to encourage people to use, enjoy and appreciate the area
  • Education: to promote opportunities for learning about the local environment. A key aim of the partners is to involve the local community in its activities

Tour Information

Tour time: approx 2 hours.

Minimum age: minimum age for the station tour is 7 years old.

Bookings must be made at least 3 weeks in advance.

You will be accompanied by a trained station guide and will include the cooling water intake, turbine hall, reactor viewing gallery and control room simulator (subject to availability).  All site tours include a safety and security briefing and the issue of relevant PPE (personal protective equipment).

Opening hours and events

Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 16:00 hours, except bank holidays

Please note: The visitor centre will be closed on a number of dates for special events. Please call us in advance of your visit.


Dates for your diary:​

We will update our events calendar as soon as our Visitor Centre has reopened.

Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions about the visitor centre, or about taking a tour, please check our FAQs.

Contact the visitor centre on:

Telephone: 01429 853582
Address: Hartlepool power station, Tees Road, Hartlepool. TS25 2BZ
Email: hartlepoolsitetours@edf-energy.com

Find out more about Hartlepool


EDF hold regular meetings (Local Community Liaison Council or LCLC) with local people, the media, council and emergency services representatives and local politicians to maintain regular communications about the nuclear site. 

Contact Hartlepool

  • Address:
    EDF Hartlepool power station
    Tees Road
    Hartlepool TS25 2BZ

    +44 (0)1429 853535
  • Media and community requests:
    Martyn Butlin
    +44 (0)1524 863565

Latest news and community updates

Format: 18/09/2021
Format: 18/09/2021
Hartlepool turbine hall
Thursday, January 14, 2021

Great year for Hartlepool

The site has produced more than 8.5 terawatt hours of electricity, one of the best annual outputs in the station’s history.
Hartlepool's 2020 apprentices
Monday, January 4, 2021

Hartlepool searches for new apprentices

HARTLEPOOL power station has extended its deadline for applications to join its company’s renowned apprentice scheme – with the closing date now January 24

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