Tours at Ardnacrusha Power Station 

Planning a family day out this summer? Looking for a group activity for your local club or camp? Or simply interested in visiting the power station that once provided electricity for the whole country?

This summer ESB is once again inviting the public to visit and explore Ardnacrusha Power Station, one of Ireland's greatest engineering developments. The tours will run until Friday, September 14, 2018.

More than 90 years ago the Ardnacrusha power station was built to harness Ireland’s natural resources and soon became the starting point for rural electrification in Ireland.

The interactive experience of the tour follows ESB’s journey from the past into the future with exclusive insights into the historical operations of ESB.

Tour Information

What to expect

  • Timeline of integration of electricity in Ireland
  • Video insight into operations
  • Display of first advertisements to promote electricity
  • Archive of electrical appliances
  • Art gallery by Sean Keating documenting the construction of Ardnacrusha

Safety Information

  • You will be required to wear Personal Protection Equipment (Hi-vis jacket; safety hat; safety glasses)
  • There are around 100 steps to be negotiated during the course of the tour
  • The tour is partially accessible to wheelchair users

Tours can be booked below. 

As part of the Shannon hydro-electric scheme, Ardnascrusha 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.