Drax generates approximately 7-8% of the UK’s electricity – that’s a lot of boiling kettles. To do this, Drax operates on a massive scale. We’ve got 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, our tours are free and open to the public.
At Drax Power Station you can see every part of how electricity generation is done and find out how we’re upgrading to the latest biomass technology. This means we can use compressed wood pellets instead of coal, which cuts our carbon footprint by 80%.
Expert guides with years of experience are on hand to lead tailored tours for groups of all types, including those that support national curriculum studies, making it perfect for school students (and, who knows, future engineers) from all over the country.
All our tours include an interactive session in our visitor centre and guided walks inside the very heart of the station. Our tailored experiences fit with school and higher education study, as well as areas of special or professional interest such as rail, sustainability and engineering.
Before heading off around the station, find out from our expert guides how the whole place works.
Explore these huge structures – each taller than Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s roller coaster ‘The Big One’ – which store up to 80,000 tonnes of biomass.
See how fuel arrives at the station in one of 200 custom-built wagons, each carrying up to 71.6 tonnes of biomass.
Witness the sheer scale of our 12 cooling towers, each one 374 feet high, where water the station uses is cooled and released as clean vapour.
Enter the 1,400 feet long hall at the very heart of the plant, where six huge turbines turn the generators to produce electricity.
Visit the control room, the station’s nerve centre, where our operators oversee the whole process of helping power the country.
The Skylark Centre and Nature Reserve
Our weekend tours include a visit to the Skylark Centre and Nature Reserve where you can explore local landscape and wildlife.
- All tours are free and take approx. 2 – 2.5 hours
- You’ll be accompanied by at least two fully trained tour guides
- Personal Protection Equipment is provided
- Please book at least two weeks in advance
- Minimum age for tours is seven-years-old
- Visitors will be asked to conform to safety procedures and instructions while on site
- Tours will include climbing stairs and similar activities – sturdy shoes and comfortable clothing are recommended
- Remember, we’re an operational site, so please don’t bring too much baggage with you
Mon – Fri 09:00 – 16:00.
Tours of the power station are also available every Saturday between the months of February and November. Tours depart at 10am and last approximately 2hrs. Please note, we must receive your booking before 12pm on Friday to accommodate your visit.
Evening tours available during summer months
Drax Power Station, Drax, Selby YO8 8PH