ESB to restart popular public tours of Ardnacrusha Power Station

Students from Scoil Íde Primary School, Corbally, visiting the Ardnacrusha Experience

Students from Scoil Íde Primary School, Corbally, visiting the Ardnacrusha Experience

ESB IS once again opening the gates of the Ardnacrusha Power Station to schools and the general public for a visitor experience into Ireland’s first national hydroelectric station. 

School group visits are being facilitated from May 14 to June 29, while public tours will run from July 2 to 14 September 14. 

Visitors will be welcomed to the Ardnacrusha Experience at the newly refurbished visitors’ centre before going out on site to view the headrace canal, locks and tailrace.

Once inside the station, the heritage of Shannon Scheme is brought to life through a series of animations celebrating the history and impact of the project.

Visitors are also given access to the heart of the station and to the original control room.

Last year, to celebrate ESB’s 90th anniversary, the site welcomed more than  10,000 visitors, according to Alan Bane of the ESB. 

"The Ardnacrusha Experience and the guided tour of the station tells the story of the power of electricity and its transformative impact on Irish life," he said.

“It has been a source of great pride to everyone who works here to open our gates once again to the general public.

"Last year, to celebrate ESB’s 90th anniversary, we welcomed over 10,000 visitors from far and wide and we are delighted to build on this success. We look forward to welcoming all those with an interest in engineering, history and heritage for pre-booked visits over the summer.”

Guided tours can accommodate groups of up to 30 people and runs for approximately 90 minutes.All bookings can be made online on www.esb.ie