Heysham 2 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.
The lifetime output of Heysham 2 is 288TWh, enough to power every home in Lancashire for 133 years
Avoiding 100m tonnes of CO2 emissions*
Like taking 48.3m cars off UK roads for a year
About Heysham 2
- Station Director: John Sandford
- Reactor type: 2 Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors
- Total supply to the national grid: 1230 MW
- Coolant: Carbon dioxide gas (CO2)
- Start of construction: 1980
- Start of generation: 1988
- Estimated end of generation: 2028
- People: Approximately 520 full time EDF employees plus over 250 full time contract partners
- Daily plant status - find out which reactors at our 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 1
Visit Heysham 2 power station
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 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
Weekends and bank holidays: Closed
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
Find out more about Heysham 2
Safety and reporting
EDF is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and its largest producer of low-carbon electricity.
Because nuclear safety is our overriding priority, we have produced a summary of our nuclear safety and waste policies and management systems.
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.
EDF Heysham power station
Lancashire LA3 2XH
+44 (0)1524 863863
- Media requests:
+44 (0)1524 863565
+44 (0)1524 863851
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