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Les Machines de L'ile: Tours & Tickets

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Les Chantiers | Bd Léon Bureau, 44200, Nantes, France
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Definitely not just for kids! The imagination that has gone into these amazing huge mechanical animals is incredible. We were going to try to avoid what we thought would be yet another lengthy guided tour in French, then realized that all the animals were being...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank fifytyplus
Reviewed 5 days ago

I took my 10 year old grandson while we were in France. What an incredible place to visit! The machines are so lifelike and amazing. I’m ashamed to say my French is very poor but the staff were so helpful. All three attractions are a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Gizzie999
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The idea behind the area is amazing: creating animals and creatures, artificial plants and platforms, all from wires and woods and leftovers. The most famous machine is the touristic elephant that you can take a ride on. It's amazing how it moves, acts, and even...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Ndakwar
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were unsure what to expect but were pleasantly surprised by this place. Although the elephant ride at 30 minutes was perhaps 25 minutes longer than needed, it was still worth the money. The machine house was fascinating, and although the demonstrations were in French,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Chris T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Do you remember those monster elephants which the enemy was riding in one of the « « Lord of the Rings » battles. The island of machines has one such huge mechanical elephant which actually carries people for a walk around the park. Surprised that the elephant steps...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Leeds1013
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited during the closed hours and the weather was a little wet so not a great time to view it. But would recommend visiting during a nicer period. Loads to do and see for all ages.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank gurveerchoda
Reviewed 1 week ago

Kids loved it... Parents loved it. The whole area is being re developed and there are some lovely bars and restaurants too. Great day out and Nates is a beautiful city too. Throughly enjoyed it. Go.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank dannymitchell73
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must visit if in Nantes. It's a very unique and fun experience. Riding the mechanical elephant 🐘 is a lot of fun, affords an amazing view of the river and surrounding area. You can see right to the cathedral. The elephant itself is very...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank catelee2u
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great city Nantes is and it has so much to see and do with the children, most fascinating place for the children was the Machines de L'ile. However be aware that most of the demonstrations that take place and are narrated to are...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank sebastiantZ368NO
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Big machines well built, but not so interesting. Competition with virtual reality is badly lost. Show explaining machines is depressing. Quite expensive.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Steph D
26 August 2019|
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Response from PavlovMykhaylo | Reviewed this property |
Try write directly to this park . May be they answer . Good luck .
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goldengirl108
8 April 2019|
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Response from hoppity12 | Reviewed this property |
There's currently just the two rides. You buy the ticket for the elephant in the ticket office in the warehouses. You can also buy the ticket for the gallery there to go on the tour of the other machines or just have a... More
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MandyB1361
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Response from Stasha S | Reviewed this property |
Well, I was situated on the ground floor the entire time during my visit. The demos and exhibit, in a separate section, were also on the ground floor. The visit does entail a lot of standing so I would recommend wheelchairs... More
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