The Pontivy Community Tourist Office welcomes you all year round in an atypical place: the Duchesse Anne barge. You will be able to discover an extraordinary welcome place while having at your disposal brochures and maps of the territory and the Brittany region.

Emmanuel Berthier

Duchess Anne barge

The Pontivy Community tourist office, an unmissable place in Pontivy.

The Duchess Anne is the only barge in France to accommodate a Tourist Office. It welcomes the public all year round, at the dock, but has retained its navigation capacity! Approximately every 5 years, we unhook it from the quay and set off to meet hikers and locals on the banks of the canals of Brittany. 

This barge happens to be one of the last ladies of the canal from Nantes to Brest in Brittany.

History of this barge

Before bearing the title of Duchess, this boat was assigned to the transport of goods which bore the name of Ideal. It was launched on November 21, 1929. It is a barge-type boat decked with a propeller made of iron. Its hull length is 26,38 m and its width is 4,55 m with an average empty draft of 0,40 m and a maximum loading capacity of 130,787 tonnes. Norman Riddle undertook numerous rehabilitation works and gave her the appearance of a small yacht, until the engine change (260 HP) which gave her the ability to sail at sea. At that time, she sailed on the Nantes to Brest canal. with a wealthy American clientele on board. Ronald Reagan's bodyguard was one of his guests from across the Atlantic. It was Norman Riddle who named it “Duchess Anne”.

Opening hours from February 24 to April 20, 2024
Monday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17 p.m.
Wednesday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17 p.m.
Thursday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17 p.m.
Friday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 17 p.m.
Saturday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Opening hours from April 22 to July 07, 2024
Monday Open from 09 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 09 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Wednesday Open from 09 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Thursday Open from 09 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Friday Open from 09 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Saturday Open from 09 a.m. to 30 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Opening hours from July 08 to August 31, 2024
Monday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 13 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Tuesday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 13 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Wednesday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 13 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Thursday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 13 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Friday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 13 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Saturday Open from 09:30 a.m. to 13 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Sunday Open from 10 a.m. to 13 p.m.
Farm. Opens tomorrow at 09:30 p.m.
Duchess Anne barge 2 Niémen quay
56300 Pontivy
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