Explore nuclear power generation in our 5 star interactive visitor centre or you can book a free station tour where our knowledgeable guides will help you s
Power Station Road, Hunterston, West Kilbride
Tel: 01294 826008
Historical Sites, Science and Technology
Ages 5 - 12, Schools and Groups, Teenagers
(based on family of 4)
For a day out with a difference visit Hunterston Power Station on the North Ayrshire and Clyde Coast, about an hour West of Glasgow. The Hunterston Power Station Visitor Centre opened in 2012 and has received a Five Star rating from VisitScotland and a Silver Rating from The Green Tourism Board, the centre is open from 09.00 – 16.00, Monday to Friday. Begun in 1968 and finished in 1976 Hunterston Nuclear Power Station is one of only two in Scotland and is capable of supplying power to around 1.5 million homes in the UK. Currently operated by EDF Energy, who operate 8 purpose built visitor centres around the UK, you are welcome to attend the 5 Star visitor centre and explore how electricity is created in a fun and interactive way, via models, touch screen computers and information panels. You will also be able to learn about the energy mix, how the power industry is working to make their business more sustainable and their approach to safety. Also covered are radiation, nuclear waste and other forms of electricity generation. It is also possible to book a free station tour, where knowledgeable guides will help you see for yourself exactly how a nuclear power station generates low carbon electricity, these tours last approximately an hour and a half, and include the reactor viewing gallery and the turbine hall viewing gallery. The minimum age for the power station tours is seven and to comply with Nuclear Site Licences and Regulations tours must be pre-booked at least three weeks in advance. Note also that there are restrictions on taking specific items on to site, this includes cameras, mobile telephones, video recording equipment and GPS tracking devices. You may be issued with hard hats and high visibility vests and the trip might involve walking over some distance, so sensible and comfortable footwear is advised.