Are there any UK power stations open for guided tours?
So. Ms Markie Jr would very much like to go on a tour of a power station. Very much indeed. Sadly, our local station (Didcot) no longer offers tours (or power, FWIW).
Does anyone know of any power stations which do offer tours? Would prefer either Oxfordish South East or near Manchester / Warrington…Posted 4 years agokimbersSubscriber
we went here with the scouts many years back
swam in the sea at the beach there tooPosted 4 years agoheadpotdogMember
My old man was one of the engineers involved in the commissioning and running of Heysham 1 and 2 nuclear power stations and he took me round the station when I was a teenager. The sheer size and complexity of the station was so impressive and well worth seeing.
If you have a look on the EDF website there are contact details if you’d like to arrange a tour round.Posted 4 years agomikemoriniMember
The CCGT station at Didcot is still running, but don’t do tours.Posted 4 years ago
To be honest there’s not much to see, just a load of lagged boxes making a lot of noise. The old A station last did a public tour in 1993 (if I remember correctly). My daughter who was three at the time still remembers it.takisawa2Subscriber
Had a tour of Rugeley B when I was at Uni.
That was ace. Walking across the grid flooring with a 200ft drop beneath was an eye opener.
As an Engineer I was in my element. The scale of it is staggering.
They did open days years ago, when A & B were both open. They were even doing helicopter flights…!!!
I guess H&S killjoys have had their way these days.Posted 4 years agoandyflaSubscriber
On a complete aside the company I used to work for were doing some exploratory work for Sizewell C (which may or may not ever be built) with portacabins located in the car park of the existing Sizewell power station, unfortunately it all had to be run off generators as there was no power available …….Posted 4 years agobencooperMember
Hunterston do tours, as do a bunch of others:
If it hadn’t been demolished, I’d have happily taken you on a tour of Inverkip 😉Posted 4 years agoacehtnMember
Hinkley A used to do tours, that was stopped and security ramped up loads after the twin towers.
Used to be by booking only and then names had to given pre-tour for security, so no just turn up and have a tour. Tour was really good and although we didn’t get to walk on the core cap, we did look down on it and all the people milling about, and the fueling equipment.
Don’t think B has ever done tours.
Lots of razor wire and armed guards though.Posted 4 years ago
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