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ESB reopens Ardnacrusha to school and public tours for summer 2019

  • School tours to run from 23 May until 28 June while public tours run from 1 July through to 13 September
  • Over 10,000 visitors welcomed on tours last year. All bookings can be made online via

25 April 2019

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.

The decision to run the tours this summer is based on the popularity of both school and public tours over the past two years when, in 2017, ESB opened the gates to visitors to mark 90 years since ESB’s Foundation.

School group visits are being facilitated from 23 May to 28 June 2019, while public tours run from 1 July to 13 September 2019. The free guided tours run from Monday to Friday, run for approximately 90 minutes and each tour can accommodate groups of up to 30. All bookings can be made online at

Visitors are welcomed to the Ardnacrusha Experience at the recently 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’s Alan Bane, Plant Manager at Ardnacrusha says: “The Ardnacrusha Experience tells the story of the power of electricity and its transformative impact on Irish life; it offers the opportunity for people to learn not just about the history of the plant dating back to its inception in the 1920s but also of ESB’s brighter future strategy which is leading the secure, affordable transition to a low-carbon energy future for Ireland. All of us who work at the plant have been very proud to open our gates to the general public. We look forward to welcoming school groups and indeed, all those with an interest in engineering, history and heritage for pre-booked visits over the summer.”

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