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Les Machines de L'ile

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Address: Les Chantiers | Bd Léon Bureau, 44200, Nantes, France
Phone Number: +33 810 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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Bizarrely fun

Going to see the elephant is a must when visiting the beautiful city of Nantes. It is so unusual and bizarre and like nothing I ve seen before. It is beautifully made and fun to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Going to see the elephant is a must when visiting the beautiful city of Nantes. It is so unusual and bizarre and like nothing I ve seen before. It is beautifully made and fun to ride in especially when the trunk squirts water out at passers-by. The thoughtful organizers even provide bankets to wear on colder days. The journey is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

we had a very good day out and the elephant was amazing ,the price was good for the experience ,and the restaurant at the entrance served very good food at a very good price ,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is probably one of the most amazing places i've ever been to - the machines are incredible and the museum showcases them really well. Suitable for all ages, the kids loved the elephant walk!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was an absolutely stunning exhibit of incredible machines! The guides do a great job at explaining the philosophy and purpose of the project and how each of the machines work. I went pretty late so there weren't a lot of people.... This meant I got a chance to be picked to ride the machines! Unfortunately, because we went late,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

This place is magical, the elephant is amazing. You can just walk through the island. There are s lot bars and shop, it's a really good walk. There is also sculptures to be seen at night also !

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

very expensive unnecessarily .everything was in French . i think is better to saw only with out ticket

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

There is no way that one can describe the impact of a visit to Les Machines. There are so many fascinating full and over sized animated animals and mythical figures to see and so many opportunities for children, and indeed adults to interact with the objects. Everyone should allow at least a day for their visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

By far 'Les Machines de L'ile' is the main reason to visit Nantes. You have to see and ride the Elephant with your own eyes to believe this is possible. We had a great time at this attraction, despite the October wheather. This attraction really deserves to be supported by everyone by means of visiting Nantes yourself!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

A nice time for the little ones and also for the grown ups! The evidence that when there is creativity and financial support you can build a tourist attraction out of nothing and give a new life to old spaces that had lost their reason to exist.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

The elephant is advertised as the main attraction here. The "machines" are really amazing, especially the giant elephant which just happened to do his little walk as we arrived on site. This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Nantes.

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