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Les Machines de L'ile

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Address: Les Chantiers | Bd Léon Bureau, 44200 Nantes, France
Phone Number: +33 0810 12 12 25
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The Machines de l’Ile is an artistic and a tourist project. It is a blend...
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.
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A must in Nantes

Very good and interesting, also specially with children Prefer a visit in the morning to avoid a very long time to get tickets

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Very good and interesting, also specially with children Prefer a visit in the morning to avoid a very long time to get tickets

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Where in the world can you go and watch/ride a huge mechanical wondering around?! We were camping just over an hour away and decided to head to Nantes as the weather was shocking (rain and cold!), Les Machines is a fantastic attraction that is only going to get better. It is a newish development on a previously unused piece of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Fantastic attraction. My tip : queue and get your elephant tickets, or look online before you go - they sell out before the attraction closes. We tried to avoid the queue and go on something else first, but we then missed out on an elephant ride. Not to be missed if you're in the area though

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This entrance fee was inclusive in our Nantes Pass. Probably not something I would have thought of visiting but easily accessed by tram and bus. It was certainly different mechanical art - quite similar to New Zealand artwork - very clever. I loved the enormous elephant on which you could take a walk around the centre at a leisurely pace... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Les Machines de L'ile is an amazing attraction from the mechanised animals in the workshops to the giant elephant the ingenuity of the engineers is all about, but for me the carousel inspired by the tales of Jules Verne defies description - something for all the family.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We visited here on an overnight stay in Nantes. It was very interesting with lots to look at. The carousel is a bit pricey and you need to book the elephant in advance at peak times but well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I have now seen everything. Hydraulic and pneumatic man-sized mechanical gadgets, flying insects, slithering snails and a 45 tonne elephant you can ride around on. Don’t take the kids, why should they have all the fun? I want what these guys are on.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A very special tour! For all ages... but you don't come during the holiday. People are too much , and the wait is unbearable. I think that the children would be on the machine all day but you pay 10 euro to 1 hour wait and the you can do only 1 tour... and it's better only 1 becouse for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Breathtaking engineering - something for the whole family, fabulous creations and a giant elephant that actually walks around the outside and you can sit on it and ride with it. Extremely life-like, 12 metres high, makes trumpeting sounds, moves trunk, sprays water and blinks-so life-like....that'll shut the kids up for you! At 8.50 Euros, a must-do. Fantastic carousel too -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Amazing to see a 48 ton mechanical elephant walking round the attraction. Get there early to get tickets, and have a great ride. It's 12 metres high, takes about 30mins to walk round, bellowing and spraying water as it goes. Very slow walk and very safe for everyone. There's also a giant carrousel, and a viewing gallery to see other... More 

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