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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 #3 of 26 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Please visit such art program in person as you will experience something cannot be told with words! The famous giant elephant , the machine gallery, the carousel, were all run by some teams of great uniqueness. Some artists. Originally we visited as we thought it would be great for kids. And actually it was a extraordinary act of art to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Loved it. Super unique, and worth to see 100%. There are so many things to do, to climb artificial tree, to go on elephant, or just to walk around and be amazed by nature of machines, modern, contemporary approach. Love it.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Just great. Went to the Carousel! Enjoyed every moment watching and riding! The Walking huge metal Elephant is hilarious! tho paying 8 EUR for each attraction (Elephant / Carousel/ Exposition)... felt too much...

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Italy
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Book the ride on the elephant online. It's easy to pick up reserved ticket(s) in the morning. The ride was fun, but as another reviewer said, it's just as fun to watch it and see & hear the elephant as it walks to the carrousel and back. Do ride the 3-tiered Carrousel des Mondes Marins! Fun if you're 8 or... More

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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The elephant and the artificial tree are really nice. Even-though going on the elephant seems more appealing, staying outside with the crowd is more enjoyable because you can feel the random water splashes from its hose. You can also take a tour on the carousel if you have kids.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Do not miss this attraction. The huge elephant marches around the park trumpeting and squirting water at onlookers. Just stand and watch the mechanisms as the huge feet plod around the park. Do take a ride -but get there early -they sell out fast. Some good brasseries for plat du jours on a side street opposite the elephant 'house' worth... More

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near ASCOT, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Reason for a detour to Nantes. The Grand Elephant & ride was superb. Gallerie des Machines fascinating - also had a nice lunch in the cafe attached to the arts venue there - a thoroughly enjoyable day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We really enjoyed the machines. The elephant ride was a little anticlimactic, but the carousel was surprisingly fun. They are developing more every day, it will be fun to go back in 10 years to see what they have added.

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Opelika AL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The elephant is AMAZING !! You can feel the mist from his trunk and the earth shakes when he trumpets ! Quite a feat of engineering.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

As many have probably already said, it is a unique attraction & is especially great for families & young children. The elephant ride lasts about 20 mins, but is staggered throughout the day in which you have to purchase a ticket in advance. I bought a ticket at 11am yet earliest slot to ride was at 3.45pm, so bear that... More

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