Visit the ESRF

Discover the European Synchrotron

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT ACCEPT ANY VISITS FOR THE TIME-BEING DUE TO REINFORCEMENT OF SECURITY MEASURES ON THE EPN SCIENCE CAMPUS, FOLLOWING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY ESTABLISHED IN FRANCE AFTER THE TERRORIST ATTACKS IN PARIS ON 13 NOVEMBER 2015.

What is a synchrotron? How does it work? What is done there?
Have you ever wanted to see with your own eyes what a synchrotron looks like?
Now this is your chance to discover one!

Every year, thousands of visitors come from around the world to discover the ESRF.  

The visits include a general introduction in our Visitor Centre, followed by a guided tour to the experimental hall and the beamlines where the scientists work.

Please note our safety requirements:

  • Visitors must be at least 15 years old
  • Visits must be booked 2 months in advance
  • The following information is needed at least 15 days in advance, for site access reasons: full name, date of birth, place of birth, nationality, for all those in the group.
  • Please bring your passport or national ID card (to get access to the restricted area)

 

Introducing the facility to a class of students

Introducing the facility to a class of students.

 

In the Visitor Centre

Visitors in the Visitor Centre.

Book your visit

Visits for Groups

  • Last for about 2½ hour (in the morning or afternoon)
  • Are organised on week days from Tuesday  to Thursday
  • Are reserved for groups of 15 participants minimum

Depending on age, scientific background and profile of the visitors, we adapt the level of difficulty and the amount of specific detailed information.

If you want to make a reservation for a group visit please send your request to: Visits Requests.

 

Viewing the storage ring

Viewing the storage ring during an open day event; the roof of the tunnel has been removed.