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Les Machines de L'ile

Les Chantiers | Bd Léon Bureau, 44200 Nantes, France
+33 0810 12 12 25
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Ranked #4 of 27 attractions in Nantes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Galleries, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Machines de l’Ile is an artistic and a tourist project. It is a blend of the invented worlds of Jules Verne, the mechanical universe of... more » Owner description: The Machines de l’Ile is an artistic and a tourist project. It is a blend of the invented worlds of Jules Verne, the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and the industrial history of Nantes, on an exceptional site in the former shipyards. A ride on the 12-meter tall Great Elephant, climb aboard the Marine Worlds Carrousel of 27 moving sea creatures or the Heron Tree to fly over the hanging gardens. « less
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Glasgow
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40 reviews 40 reviews
3 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

great experience with the family at the machines on the nantes island- its a must to see- well done nantes- well set up for Tourists

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Kopavogur, Iceland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

This place is just a must see. I didn't explore everything there but I wish I had! I just watched the elephant walk by, sat at the café, saw a small part of the area and took a few photos. There are two amazing carousels, one of them on three levels! This is one of the coolest urban projects I've... More

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London
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92 reviews 92 reviews
21 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

It hurts me to mark this place down slightly because I really wanted to love it. But it is a bit of a one trick wonder. Sure the machines are amazing; the imagination, the ingenuity, the workmanship and the humour and undoubtable. Their ambition too is stunning. However, it has to be said, once you've seen one hydra-electrical controlled stage-set... More

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Paris, France
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We had seen photos and did not really understand what the attraction might be. Luckily we decided to walk over early one morning. It is a MUST SEE in Nantes. Seeing the elephant up close and then in motion was a thrill. We also went (as two adults) on the machine merry-go-round ... and we had a blast. Just pure... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

A must see! We just enjoyed watching the elephant walk and didn't ride on it. Thanks to the reviews. Ppl on the elephant looked bored, but everyone one the street had fun! Even my husband loved it! And the caruselles are amazing!

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Gandia, Spain
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

This is an unmissable experience and one of the very best attractions I have ever visited. Suitable for everyone from tots to old relics like me. Great for the disabled as there is easy access just about everywhere. The staff especially Chloe were very helpful, very attentive and very kind. Most spoke at least some English. Great value for money... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

What a fantastic, unique, attraction. Imaginative, innovative. A creative marriage between nature and machines, a must visit!!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Don't begrudge the money; this experience knocks spots off any other amusement park. The most creative, awe-inspiring, educational experience this Mum has had in a long time and absolutely wonderful for kids. Not overrun by tourists, easy to park and food on site. To try to describe it is to fail immediately - it will blow your mind. Can only... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Mechanical elephant slowly charges through the square, an sea-themed carousel with wild and fantastic creatures, and their latest in-progress item ... a crane tree. All have different ways to allow you to interact (you ride the elephant or walk alongside it, you animate the sea creatures, you walk up into the tree) which keeps it fresh. Budget tip: on reflection,... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The worst value 'attraction' I have ever visited. We were staying in a Gite an hour or so away. For our 30 Euro family ticket we got: (i) to see the Elephant walk through the complex. Since it continues into a public square we could have seen this for free (ii) a 30 minute talk (in French with no written... More

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