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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
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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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French Phantasie at its best

We visited this rather extended old Harbour area by bicycle and discoverd lots of wonderful things of great imagination. It might be a bit tiring to cover the rather large... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

When you arrive take a walk past the entrance which you won't miss because there will be a huge queue at what ever time you visit, you will then get to the carousel and the giant elephant walks around the area. It's great to see and all free. We queued for around an hour to get in it only costs... More 

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Nottingham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a fantastic idea... Take a disused industrial island, add a dash of inspiration from one of Nantes most famous sons - Jules Verne, the crazy ideas of two inventors and populate it with incredible mechanical beasts!!! It certainly sounds fantastic and that's the hook that gets folks flocking to this weird little corner of Nantes. However the hook was... More 

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Thank TrakESumisu
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Saw the elephant which you don't have to pay to see but do if you want to ride on it. You do have to pay to see the other attractions.

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Thank Scrappydo16
Frankfurt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited this rather extended old Harbour area by bicycle and discoverd lots of wonderful things of great imagination. It might be a bit tiring to cover the rather large distances on foot.

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Thank Consultant78
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to go on the carousel and elephant. The carousel was very expensive but an excellent ride, and fantastically put together. My daughters loved it. The elephant was fully booked so I took my eldest to the exhibition. Was very disappointed that for the seated ride at the end, the staff made a blatantly obvious point of choosing the... More 

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Thank VeganAndy
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You want to dream of Jules Vernes ? fall into the steampunk environment ? you can visit the new creative district of Nantes where the "machines of the island" are sitting in the middle.

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Thank Cédric D
Southam, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Book early if you want to ride the elephant - fully booked 1 week ahead !! Still great to view the various machines in action and tour the 'factory'.

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Thank christian i
Exmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent attraction that was fun to visit and see. The machines are amazing to see in their full working motion. Staff are really attentive and know there stuff. All in French the talking but you can still enjoy, as there are plenty of signs and write ups in English.

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Thank spfoster10
Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Interesting exhibits, possibly unique. Very popular. The walking elephant is a huge draw - allow a lot of time to queue and wait around.

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Thank Mark_and_Ann_Reilly
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Based on the books of Jules Verne, two designers created a most exciting, fun, playful world of imagination. One just can't stop admiring all the funny and creative details of all the attractions like the caroussel. The mechanical elephant is top of the bill. Not only it moves like a real elephant, in all its beautiful details; it is also... More 

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