Ardnacrusha Power Station Visitor Experience
ESB is once again opening the gates of the historic Ardnacrusha Power Station to schools and the general public for a unique visitor experience into Ireland’s first national hydro-electric station in Co. Clare.
Ardnacrusha Hydroelectric Power Station is marked as one of the Engineering Milestones of the 20th Century and one of Ireland’s greatest engineering developments.
As part of the Shannon hydro-electric scheme, Ardnacrusha took just four years (1925 to 1929) and 5,000 workers to build. Costing more than IR£5m to construct at the time – almost one-fifth of the entire annual budget – Ardnacrusha became a symbol of forward thinking in relation to harnessing Ireland’s natural resources. With the national grid constructed at the same time, the 86 MW capacity was then enough to meet the electricity demands of the whole country. Today, Ardnacrusha represents around 2% of our total installed capacity.
Ardnacrusha Power Station Experience Tours
Visitors are welcomed to the Ardnacrusha Experience at the newly refurbished visitors’ centre before going out on site to view the impressive headrace canal, locks and tailrace. Once inside the station, the living heritage of Shannon Scheme is brought to life through a series of animations which celebrate the history and impact of this iconic project. Visitors are given access to the very heart of the station with unique views of the turbine hall and a visit to the original control room.
ESB is highlighting through its Brighter Future Strategy, the critical role electricity has played in enhancing Irish life since the construction of Ireland’s first power station at Ardnacrusha over 90 years ago and how ESB is leading the secure, affordable transition to a low-carbon energy future for Ireland.
School group visits are being facilitated from are from 23 May to 28 June 2019, while public tours run from 1 July to 13 September 2019
The free guided tours can accommodate groups of up to 30 people and runs for approximately 90 minutes. As this is a working power station, tours are available from Monday – Friday only.
Booking Online – To book a free tour or for more information please visit Ardnacrusha Power Station Experience Tours
Please note separate dates for schools and public tours before making a booking.
For booking queries please contact Carolyn Cousins at AIKEN, [email protected]