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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
Hours Today: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Les Chantiers | Bd Léon Bureau, 44200, Nantes, France
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OK let’s be clear, the guide is only in French, as are the descriptions, but it’s a unique way to while away an hour in a re- purposed shipyard. The amazing elephant was receiving maintenance when we were there, but looks like a blast -...More
Amazing-very interactive with so many extraordinary machines. We loved the spider and the hummingbird especially although the elephant is brilliant, astonishing and well worth the money to ride on. You will simply never see anything like this anywhere else. Maybe the carousel is better to...More
Every time we are in Nantes, we make sure to go and see the elephant as it is simply a marvel of engineering. Children of all ages just love it! They travel just in front of it as it goes on its tour of the...More
Les machines is good for all the family and reasonably good value. The story behind the regeneration of the area is interesting and the ride on the elephant and carousel are good.
Arrive early if you want to get a ride on the elephant as...More
Just outside the centre a couple of tram stops down. Even if you do not go on the rides its a nice place to walk round. You will need to pay though to ride on the elephant and to enter the gallery of machines, the...More
We bought a 72 hour city pass and the art gallery was included but just had to pay extra to ride on the elephant!
The elephant was soooo big!!! Kept squirting water out unexpectedly haha. Got drenched at one point.
Just watching these giants move around is fascinating so we didn’t buy a tichet to ride on one. That seems a bit steep (8 Euro) but the money for the tickets does go to animal welfare sanctuaries. Worth the small detour from the crowds in...More