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Trip Planner: Europe / France / Pays de la Loire / Loire-Atlantique / Nantes / Les Machines de L'ile
Enter the dreamlike world of fantasy that combines the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci and the imaginary worlds of Jules Verne at Les Machines de L'ile. This fantastic project is an absolute must, especially if you have children. Gigantic machines take you on a steampunk journey through time using artistry and magic--some of these mechanical marvels even take you on the ride of a lifetime. Hop on The Great Elephant, a mechanical mammal made from 45 tons of steel and wood, for a 45-minute walk around the grounds. Then, control the movements of the machines at the Marine Worlds Carousel. This massive 360-degree theater on three levels displays mechanical marine creatures--many of which you and your kids can control. The ship sets sail 5 m (16 ft) above the seabed, then plunges you virtually into the depths, where wild creatures like deep-sea lanternfish light your way. Plan to visit Les Machines de L'ile and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Nantes attractions using our Nantes online day trip planner.
Tours to Les Machines de L'ile
$32 BOOK WITH VIATOR Segway, The Steampunk Island - Nantes City Tour - 1HR Segway, The Steampunk Island - Nantes City Tour - 1HR
Duration: 1 hour
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$70 BOOK WITH VIATOR Segway: "The Wide Angle" city tour Nantes - 2H30 Segway: "The Wide Angle" city tour Nantes - 2H30
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$59 BOOK WITH VIATOR Segway: "The Great Escape" - city tour Nantes - 2H00 Segway: "The Great Escape" - city tour Nantes - 2H00
Duration: 2 hours
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Les Machines de L'ile reviews
Was looking forward to seeing this place and did enjoy the visit. However, i was surprised by the small amount of things to see when actually inside. It is a small building that quickly became very..... more
Was looking forward to seeing this place and did enjoy the visit. However, i was surprised by the small amount of things to see when actually inside. It is a small building that quickly became very..... more »
We visited Nantes specifically to see the machines, a one day quickie. So I can’t say much about Nantes. But the Machines were fabulous. Go early in the morning. If you have young kids all the...
We visited Nantes specifically to see the machines, a one day quickie. So I can’t say much about Nantes. But the Machines were fabulous. Go early in the morning. If you have young kids all the... more »
It's neat and has a lot of interesting machines to see. The machines as art are really amazing. They're intricately designed and really quite beautiful. They do shows of the machines that are displayed in the gallery, then a walk up the terrace to see the workshop and a short movie, and finally a walk along a metal tree lined with plants. 8.50 to see the gallery, 8.50 to ride the elephant, 8.50 to ride the carousel. The gallery ticket and elephant ticket allow you to go up to the terrace as well. With that said the machines movements and actions are all quite simple so don't expect any great feats or robotics.
Amazing place to visit! The machines are incredible and they demonstrate all of them with some people getting to ride (talks are in French, obviously, fair enough). Worth staying in the gallery until they do all the demos as once you leave each section you can't go back. The ticket price is fair, just be aware it's either for the gallery OR a ride on the amazing mechanical elephant. But you can still see the elephant up close and in action. There is also a view of the workshops and you can climb down the incredible Heron tree and see its prototypes. Check the opening times if you're going at all "out of season" as it was afternoon only on the day we visited. Highly recommended.
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