Hunterston B Power Station Visitor Centre


Nuclear Generation, EDF Energy, West Kilbride, Ayrshire, KA23 9QX

    Welcome to Hunterston B Power Station

    Welcome to Hunterston B Power Station

    EDF Energy is opening new visitor centres at each of its nuclear power stations across the UK.

    The first visitor centre to open was at Hunterston B power station in Ayrshire, closely followed by Torness’s power station in East Lothian.

    The visitor centres are where you can find out more about EDF Energy’s nuclear power station operations, how we generate electricity and more about EDF Energy.

    Pre arranged site tours are also available – please give us at least two weeks’ notice. And please check our frequently asked questions about accessibility to our sites

    Groups will be able to come on site and explore electricity with us – seeing first hand how we use nuclear power to provide low carbon electricity for the UK.

    And all this is free…

    5 Visitor Attraction
    Cyclists Welcome Children Welcome Walkers Welcome
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times 2015
    6 Jan 2015 - 19 Dec 2015
    Opening Times 2015
    1 Jan 2015 - 19 Dec 2015

    Visitor centre
    The visitor centre is open for you to visit between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday. All site tours require advanced booking. Tours will be available at the weekend, subject to availability and demand.


    • Toilets Ladies, Gents and Disabled


    • Coastal Location


    • Free Parking On-Site Car Park is adjacent to Visitor Centre Disabled parking available


    • Hearing Loop

    Special Requirements

    • Groups Welcome

    Road Directions




    First produced power in 1976 and has an expected lifetime of 2023. The site has two reactors and produces enough low carbon power for around 1million homes. The site employs around 550 EDF Energy staff along with about 250 full-time contractors. See below for careers at EDF Energy.

    Visitor centre

    The visitor centre is open for you to visit between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday. All site tours require advanced booking.  Tours will be available at the weekend, subject to availability and demand.

    If you would like to book a tour or get more information contact us:

    Telephone: 01294 826008


    Public Transport Directions




    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Why do I need to pre-book a site tour, can I not just turn up?

    A: To comply with the requirements of our site licence and our regulators, all tours must be booked in advance and visitors will be subject to some security clearance processes.  This means tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance.  You will also be required to bring photographic identity with you, preferably your passport, to complete the arrangements prior to going on the tour.

    Q: Is there anything I can't bring on site with me?

    A: Yes, to ensure we comply with our Nuclear Site License, there are restrictions on taking specific items on to site, including weapons, cameras, mobile telephones and video recording equipment. This applies to all staff and visitors. Please contact the site to clarify whether you are permitted to take an object on to site.

    Q: I’m a foreign national, am I allowed on the site tours?

    A: Foreign nationals may be allowed on the pre-arranged tours but are subject to additional security requirements and need prior approval from the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR). This will take a minimum of 15 working days.  Please note that these requirements do not apply to children under the age of 16 who are visiting as part of an organised school party.

    Q: How accessible is the pre-arranged tour?

    A: Our visitor centres are open to everyone and are fully accessible to all.  The walking tour of the station can take approximately one hour to complete and does take in lifts, narrow corridors and in some cases stairways, so may not be suitable for people with walking difficulties. Please check with our visitor centre staff prior to leaving on the tour if you have any concerns

    Q: Will I be safe on a nuclear power station?

    A: The safety of our staff, visitors and the communities around us is our number one priority.  All our guides are fully trained to ensure that your visit will be both safe and enjoyable.  During the tour you may hear alarm tests or announcements, these are part of our normal operations and your guide will keep you advised as to what they mean

    Q: Do I need to wear special clothing?

    A: No.  Some of our stations require visitors to wear a high visibility jacket and in some cases hard hats, these will be provided for you before you leave on the tour.  It is advisable to wear shoes that are comfortable for walking long distances.


    What our visitors say

    Joan Carrigan, Ayrshire Hospice "a very BIG THANK YOU for the time they spent with our Hospice Out’n’About Group.  You have an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, friendly team who were keen to make sure we all had a good experience."

    Dept of Economics - Strathclyde University "Thank you very much for your hospitality at our visit, we received very positive feedback from our students about the visit and look forward to seeing Hunterston B in the future again"

     Jennifer Purss, stem ambassador - Duncanrigg school visit: "The tours guides were very knowledgeable and able to relate technical information and statistics to every day life, making the tour relevant for the pupils.

    “The school really enjoyed the visit, learned a lot and left the site enthused about their project with EDF Energy."



    EDF Energy is the fastest growing utility company in the UK and our goal is to make EDF Energy the number one utilities company for personal development, where talented people are identified and progress quickly to fulfil their potential.

    We have put a range of world class development programmes in place at varying levels within the company to develop employee skills and competencies.

    Hunterston and Torness have well developed apprentice schemes, with recruitment starting each autumn, and also highly regarded graduate and industrial placement programmes. There are also engineering and business support vacancies at the sites.

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair


    • Where appropriate there is a hearing loop system [e.g. ticket counter/ gift shop]

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance
      • There is a handrail by the ramp
    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • There is a handrail by the steps


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction
    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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