Visit Drax Power Station

Visit Drax Power Station

Drax Power Station supplies 6% of the country’s electricity needs, including 15% of its renewable power – 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 sustainable 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 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.

What you can see

Introduction to the power station

How we generate electricity. Before heading off around the station, find out from our expert guides how the whole place works.

Biomass domes

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.

Cooling towers

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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.

Turbine hall

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Enter the 1,400 feet long hall at the very heart of the plant, where six huge turbines turn the generators to produce electricity.

Control room

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.

 

Tour info

  • Tours take approx. 2 – 2.5 hours
  • You’ll be accompanied by a fully trained tour guide
  • 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

Opening hours

School holidays & Weekend Tours

We often arrange special tours and events at weekends and during the school holidays.  These tours and activities are bookable in advance.  Event information will be listed in Events and appear on our Facebook Page and Twitter.

Evening tours available during summer months (details available on application)

Book your visit now

Tours of the site can be arranged by completing the enquiry form below after which a member of the Drax team will contact you directly.

Map and address

Drax Power Station, Drax, Selby YO8 8PH

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