We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Save
Share
Review Highlights
EDF and Barrrage de la Rance

The excellent displays are the only thing you can visit at the power plant constructed in th 1960s... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Susan M
,
Gainesville, Florida, United States
Remarkable civil engineering

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

Reviewed 8 July 2017
BionicJohn
,
West Kirby, Glannau Mersi, Deyrnas Unedig.
via mobile
Read all 275 reviews
109
All photos (109)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good60%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“power station”(4 reviews)
“the river”(5 reviews)
“power plant”(2 reviews)
About
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
20°
12°
Aug
18°
10°
Sep
15°
Oct
Contact
La Richardais, Dinard, France
Website
+33 2 99 16 37 14
Reviews (275)
Filter reviews
26 results
Traveler rating
8
14
2
2
0
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
8
14
2
2
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviewspower stationthe riverpower plantst malolocktrafficconstructiongallerybarrageelectricityaccessfrenchsea
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 26 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The excellent displays are the only thing you can visit at the power plant constructed in th 1960s an still in operation using both incoming and outgoing tides to propel six giant turbines which provide hydroelectric power at no cost to the environment Difficult to...More

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 8 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 29 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

2  Thank traveller123456277
Reviewed 15 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....

1  Thank gill63
Reviewed 17 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
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
ClareHaz
10 December 2015|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from traveller123456277 |
Many of the boards have English translations and much of the booklets have English as well
1
Vote