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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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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Alfred, New York
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147 reviews 147 reviews
16 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The machines are scattered in five buildings and over a broader area. Construction is on-going. I was not able to make sense of the program and the guides were confusing in their direction. It is the only place in town to buy souvenirs of their exhibit and some of the local shopkeepers resent how they throw their weight around.

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Yeovil
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5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

A ride on the mechanical elephant is well worth the trip if you are in the Loire region of France. It is just so not like anything else you have seen. Ticket price includes access to a viewing gallery to see the workshops and also a short film on its history. A very gentle ride suitable for all ages. 29€... More

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