Heysham 1 power station

Heysham 1 is a nuclear power station on the north west coast of England near Lancaster. Heysham is the only site in the UK to have two operating nuclear power stations. 

In 2020 Heysham 1 generated low carbon electricity for 1.6 million homes

Avoiding 2.1m tonnes of CO2 emissions*

Like taking 1m cars off UK roads for a year

* When compared to direct emissions of combined cycle gas turbines | all figures rounded to the nearest hundred thousand

About Heysham 1

  • Station Director:Martin Cheetham
  • Reactor type: 2 Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors
  • Total supply to the national grid: 1155 MW
  • Coolant: Carbon dioxide gas (CO2)
  • Start of construction: 1970
  • 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)
  • EDF also operates another nuclear power station in Heysham. Find out more about Heysham 2

Visit Heysham 1 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.

Our Heysham site is unique to the business, as it is our only location to have two operating nuclear power stations. Our visitor centre supports both sites – with tours taking place on Heysham 2. 

The visitor centre, which opened in July 2013, has an interactive exhibition to help visitors understand more about nuclear power generation and allow people to ask questions to our trained guides. We have a fantastic classroom facility and you can pre book a tour of the power station too.

Tour Information

Tour time: Approx 2 hours.

Minimum age: Minimum age for the station tour is 8 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 reactor viewing gallery, the turbine hall and the control room viewing gallery (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 Thursday: 10:00 - 16:00
Friday: 10:00 - 14:30
Saturday: Pre-booked tours by appointment only.
Sunday and bank holidays: Closed

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: 01524 868451
Address: Heysham 2 power station, Morecambe, Lancashire. LA3 2XH
Email: heyshamvisitorcentre@edf-energy.com

Find out more about Heysham 1


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. Members of the public are invited to observe the meeting and questions will be taken at the end of session.

Picture of Heysham nuclear power station

Contact us

  • Address:
    EDF Heysham power station
    Lancashire LA3 2XH

    +44 (0)1524 853131
  • Media and community requests:
    Martyn Butlin
    +44 (0)1524 863565

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