For an alternative day out, why not discover the local power station that’s responsible for generating 6% of the UK’s electricity, including 15% of its renewable power – that’s a lot of boiling kettles!
Electricity is at the heart of everything we do, but how often do we stop and think about how it’s produced?
It’s a fascinating process. Drax operates on a massive scale and you can see every part of how electricity generation is done. They have six boilers, each as high as a 15-storey office block, a main chimney taller than the London Eye, and over 1,800 miles of steel tubing, enough to stretch from John O’Groats to Land’s End and back again. It’s a site built on superlatives and on a tour at Drax you can see it all first-hand. Even better, tours are free and open to the public.
Expert guides with years of experience are on hand to lead tailored tours for groups of all types. All tours include an interactive session and guided walks inside the very heart of the station. It’s not just the power station that’s open to visitors either. You can also explore the Skylark Centre and Nature Reserve, to see local wildlife on a stunning reserve built and maintained by Drax.
Please note that, due to Covid-19, public tours of and visits to Drax Power Station are currently suspended. The suspensions are to reduce the risk to business-critical areas of operation. They are planning to resume tours and visits in 2021. Please check the website for the latest information and virtual tours.