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Barrage de la Rance

La Richardais, Dinard, France
+33 2 99 16 37 14
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Remarkable civil engineering

I was surprised the read here that some people think this pioneering tidal hydraulic power station... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2017
West Kirby, Glannau Mersi, Deyrnas Unedig.
via mobile
Very interesting visit but a bit hard to find

Very interesting visit to a magnificent piece of engineering. Its a bit tricky to find if you use... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2016
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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La Richardais, Dinard, France
+33 2 99 16 37 14
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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

I was surprised the read here that some people think this pioneering tidal hydraulic power station is just a bridge or barrage. This construction by nationalised electricity company (EdF) in the 1960s was the world's biggest tidal power station at the time with innovative reversible...More

Thank BionicJohn
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Very interesting visit to a magnificent piece of engineering. Its a bit tricky to find if you use sat nav and the map here on TA shows the visitor centre in the wrong place. Basically as you come over the dam east to west turn...More

1  Thank traveller123456277
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

First time in 42 years I've managed to see the bay filling!! Excellent!! Traffic constantly busy but no major problems.

Thank neroadtrippers
Reviewed 12 September 2016

The Rance is a special hydro-electric station, as it is based on the tidal effect. This coast of Brittany is known for the tidal effect and this station is between the see side and the lake side. Visit is free.

Thank Meir G
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Seems to be a way to generate electricity from tidal power - and at the same time its a bridge for cars - nice job

Thank Ray A
Reviewed 30 August 2016

The Rance Barrage and tidal power plant was inaugurated by General de Gaulle in 1966, having taken six years to build. It consists of a 750 m long road way, a sea lock and lifting bridge to allow boats to pass up and down The...More

2  Thank RedRambleTours
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

A massive lock on the edge of a dam on the river Rance in Brittany. Great experience going through the lock on a 37 ft sailing yacht. French engineering at its best

Thank Tony H
Reviewed 12 August 2016

It used to be a hydro electric dam but that has been decommissioned and now it is a bridge over the Rance. Quite interesting when there is a boat waiting to go through the lock but apart from that....

Thank gill63
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

It's interesting in its own way, more so if you have an engineering interest in water structures, but otherwise don't make a special detour to see this

Thank Alan E
Reviewed 25 June 2016

As well as the little visitor centre, you can spend ages looking at the sea, the bay and the whirlpools. The car park is free and the views are spectacular.

Thank Neatham
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10 December 2015|
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Response from traveller123456277 |
Many of the boards have English translations and much of the booklets have English as well