Tours at Ardnacrusha Power Station 

ESB has been running school and summer public tours of its Ardnacrusha Power Station to showcase one of Ireland's greatest engineering developments.

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.

Tours for the 2018 season have now closed. 

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
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.