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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 - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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 ride on the elephant

The elephant ride takes about 40 mins but you need to book your tickets early in the day to avoid disappointment. The carousels both childrens and adults were excellent and well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The elephant ride takes about 40 mins but you need to book your tickets early in the day to avoid disappointment. The carousels both childrens and adults were excellent and well designed. The machines inside were very good. The only downside to the visit were the lack of toilets for so many visitors, resulting in long queues and a rather... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The most unique "theme park" I've ever been to. You can see mechanical Heron, mechanical tropical garden and the mainattraction was the Elephant. Don't forget about the carousel too

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Spent a wonderful half day here. Only disappointment was that the elephant was closed for maintenance and the commentary was all in French so we lost a bit in the background information. Leaflet was in English so we gleaned an understanding.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The elephant is amazing and so are all of the machines. The carousels are incredible. Great imagination.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Carousel is exquisite and the imagination goes far! the seats are in Jules Verne and Leonardo Da vinci creations, there is also the giant elephant, great for kids, I which I had come here when I was one...

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For years, I have looked forward to visiting Les Machines de L'ile and taking a ride on Le Grand Elephant. The site looks very run down and, if I had not carefully calculated when to visit, some of the attractions would not have been available. The cafe was a disgrace - we arrived in time for the first elephant ride,... More 

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Apollo Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fantastic place,the imagination to come up with these mechanical creatures and then to build them just shows what can be done.Not only a great place for kids but adults as well.We were there on a Sunday and thre was a great art market as well.Really worth going to

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Marvellous tribute to Nantes's most famous citizen. The elephant particularly will transport you to a world of dreams and wonders.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the most fabulous thing I have seen in many years. Ride the Grand Elephant, something you will never forget. Ride the Carousel and wonder what kind of stuff they were on when they came up with this idea. Yes, it's not the cheapest thing you'll ever do, but the memories you'll take away will more than make up... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The elephant is advertised as the main attraction here, I rode on it with my daughters, whilst my husband watched with my Mother in Law - it isn't suitable for those with limited mobility. It was interesting to see some of the mechanics from the inside but probably not worth the cost, unless you do the rest of the exhibition... More 

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