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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 31 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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San Antonio, Texas
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77 reviews 77 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A very interesting combination of artistic interpretation and engineering! Although they were doing maintenance it was still interesting to see. No fee if you just want to observe the elephant rooming the grounds.

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North Wildwood, New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The Machines was a happy accident~ our concierge mentioned the 'walking elephant' and it piqued our curiosity. It is like a sneak peak of the 'next big thing'.....the machines are incredibly interesting, the concept ambitious and the demonstrations 'hands on'. Ask for an English speaking guide if you do not understand French. It is fascinating! Worth a couple of hours.... More

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London
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I loved Les Machines! It was very interesting to see the scale of the works both past and present. There is an interesting video that you can watch before hand that has English subtitles, that tells the history of the elephant and of the carousel. I did not visit the carousel, but did ride the Elephant. The Elephant ride was... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

If you visit the lovely city of Nantes in west France, you must visit Les Machines De L'Ile. Built on the site of the old shipbuilding yards on the Ile de Nantes, a large island in the middle of the River Loire, right in the heart of the city, this is a unique example of what can be done with... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We heard about the elephant and were keen to check it out, walked to the docks and spotted him in the distance, put a smile on our faces immediately! Such a unique experience and a wonder of technology and innovation. He doesn't go far or fast but it's a laid back perspective on the docks and it felt pretty special.... More

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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This is a fantastic day out, a little pricey, but well worth it, situated in Nantes , north west France. We took our granddaughter & she loved it , as did we. If you saw The Giants when they were in Liverpool then you'll have an idea of the type of machines that are there, there is a gallery of... More

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Düsseldorf
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

this is one of the most different experiences. We have been here with some Managers of our Company and they all were amazed. We did ride the Elephant, made a Tour through the Doclands and did two rounds with the carousell/ Mary go round. Everybody got his childhood smile within minutes. Absoultely worth doing it - you will never forget... More

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Rodrigues Island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

All those who come in Nantes must organize themselves to visit les machines de l'ile. It is a place where you can fin some huge attractions principally for all visitors. If you want something giant, the place is for you. Just ask to see the great elephant which is étonnant.

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Trnava, Slovakia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

An amazing place to discover either with friends or kids who will definitel enjoy the elephant sprinkling water on them. We just loved it!

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Memphis, Tennessee
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Feel like a child again. Discovery is the overwhelming feeling. You mouth will be open from the wonder. The elephant alone is worth the trip. It's Ike you stumbled across a mini scifi carnival.

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