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Les Machines de L'ile

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Address: Les Chantiers | Bd Léon Bureau, 44200, Nantes, France
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+33 810 12 12 25
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
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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Impressive but ultimately not a lot to see

The machines are very impressive that's what gives it the wow factor the elephant is one of the most impressive things I have seen, worth a visit to Nantes just for that, however... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The machines are very impressive that's what gives it the wow factor the elephant is one of the most impressive things I have seen, worth a visit to Nantes just for that, however the other instillations will be amazing in the future just needs time to develop further as it feels like it's still in its infancy and seems like... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommend booking the elephant ride in advance to avoid queue & also ensure that you go at a specific time as only a limited number can go. Very good. Interesting workmanship. 30 minutes on elephant. Plenty of time to walk around. A great family day out

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic place to go. A must see! Make sure to visit both sides of the exhibition. Take plenty of pictures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got there before it opened but the sight of the crazy wood and leather giant elephant parked outside, replete with a cab to ride in...tasty!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An amazing mechanical themed attraction with a Jules Verne feel. The huge mechanical elephant was mesmerising!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nowhere else will you find such an abstract and unusual theme park. My sister is a teenage and was rather reluctant to go however she really enjoyed the carousel and the museum. A must-see attraction.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth visiting - the people of Nantes certainly know how to astonish and amaze. I would recommend that anyone contemplating a visit allows sufficient time because this is certainly not a place that can be absorbed with a simply viewing - there is so much to see, to experience, to do, and to ask about.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I definitely recommend this in the weekend, in a Sunday to be more precise. The elephant is open to the public and it's interesting to see how it works when it's walking. Be careful with opening times.

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Thank Sarah A
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience. Interesting to see all the mechanical parts in motion. Book in advance as limited spaces. Free entry to view workshop area a new projects.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An unusual trip in a mechanical elephant, journey was 30 minutes and travelled approximately 1 km. Make sure you pre-book online at least 2 days in advance. The queues build up exceptionally quick and spaces are limited

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