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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 33 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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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

For those grown up with Jules Verne's books it is a must see!! The giant elephant is one of the highlights of the attraction. We also had the chance to see the giant horse/dragon in action!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

Initially, it was a appealing with mechanical moving structures with places for a few people to participate. But after a while, it looses its interest as its novelty wears off. A gigantic mechanical elephant ride lasting 30 minutes was fun to watch, but we prefer a real elephant ride which we have done in Patara Elephant Farm in Chiang Mai.... More

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Jules Verne was born in Nantes and his spirit and style is captured in Les Machines de L'ile. It is a work in progress but well worth a visit. The technology and engineering are superb.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Make sure you go even just to see the enormous mechanical elephant, you won't believe your eyes! The carousel is also a highlight.

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San Antonio, Texas
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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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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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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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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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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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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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