Les Machines De L'ile De Nantes , Nantes

About Les Machines De L'ile De Nantes , Nantes

Les Machines De L'ile De Nantes , Nantes - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: Parc des Chantiers, Bd Leon Bureau, 44 200 Nantes

Phone: +33-251174989

Ticket Price: 8 EUR

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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If you are looking for innovative and unique tourist sites, you cannot give a miss to Les Machines de I’lle de Nantes. It is the quirkiest sight of Nantes, taking you to a journey to a future world. All thanks goes to the makers, Francois Delaroziere (La Machine) and Pierre Orefice (Manas association), who had such an innovative idea to re-create a warehouse of a former shipyard into a magnificent artistic park. A step into the park takes you to the ‘imaginary world’ of Jules Verne and ‘the mechanical world’ of Leonardo Di Vinci.

The park has 3 sights:

  • The Great Elephant – a mechanical elephant of 12meter high giving you a tour for 45 minutes.
  • The Marine Worlds Carousel – a huge carousel of 25 meter high, featuring 35 underwater moving creatures on three levels.
  • The Heron Tree – it is 45 meter high steel structure, topped with two herons.

Les Machines De L'ile De Nantes Information

  • From 9th May to 12th June and from 22th to 25thSeptember (2015) trip to Great Elephant are not available.
  • From 1st to 4th September, 2015, there is no access to the Marine Worlds Carrousel.
  • From 1st September, 2015 to 16th October,2015 and 3rd November to 18th December, 2015, the artistic park is closed on Mondays.
  • On 24th December and 31st December, theartistic park will close at 5pm.
  • On 25th December and 1st January, theartistic park will be close.
  • From 4th January to 5th February, 2016, theartistic park will be closed. It will again reopen from 6th February,2016.
  • On 19th April, there are no elephant trip in the morning, return to 2pm (Marathon of Nantes).
  • Entry for children below 4 years are free for the gallery and Great Elephant trip.
  • Pass heritage if only for the gallery, free carrier (with maximum 5 people accompanying persons with additional payment).
  • The Marine Worlds Carousal  is operated only in 2 modes (visiting or discovered) following periods.
  • Entry fee to the Marin Worlds Carousal for children below 1 year is for free.
  • For adult group and children group visits, minimum number of people should be 15 and prior reservation is required.
  • For disabled, 1 place per ride within the limit of the number of available places.

Les Machines De L'ile De Nantes Ticket Prices


  • For students: € 6.50

Entry fee of visit to the Gallery or trip to Great Elephant:

  • Full price: € 8.50 (with the Gallery ticket 1.60€ discount at the Carrousel – valid for 48 hours).
  • Reduced price: € 6.90 (for disabled people,of 4- 17 years children, students, job seekers with valid proof of the current year).
  • For holders of the Carte Blanche: € 5.50
  • For adults: € 7.40
  • For children: € 5.80

Tickets for Marine World Carousel:

  • Specific price: € 7.40 (for adults), € 5.80 (for children).
  • For children age 1 to 3 years and the companion accompanying a disabled person: € 3
  • Full price: € 8.50 (with this ticket, € 1.60 discount on the full price at the Gallery: valid for 48 hours).
  • Reduced price: € 6.90 (for disabled people,of 4- 17 years children, students, job seekers with valid proof of the current year).
  • For holders of the Carte Blanche: € 5.50
  • Extra Turn: € 3

Visit turn (without access to the corridors, no access to the elements or to turntables):

  • Full price: € 6.90
  • Reduced: € 5.30 (for disabled people,of 4- 17 years children, students, job seekers with valid proof of the current year).
  • For holders of the Carte Blanche: € 4

Les Machines De L'ile De Nantes Opening and Closing Hours

Departure times of the Great Elephant 

  • From 11th – 26th April, 2015 (everyday) – 10:15am, 11am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2pm, 3pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:15pm, 6pm.
  • From 28th April to 10th May, 2015 (Tuesday to Friday) – 10:15, 11am, 11:45am, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3pm, 3.45pm, 5:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m.On Saturday and Sunday (and 8th May) – departure at 10:15am ,11am , 11:45am, 2:15pm, 3pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, 5:15pm, 6pm.
  • From 12th May to 2nd July(Tuesday to Friday) – 11am, 11:45am, 2:30pm, 3pm, 4:30pm, 3:45pm.On Saturday and Sunday (including 15th and 25th May) – 10:15am, 11am, 11:45am, 2:15pm, 3pm, 3:45pm, 6:30pm, 5:15pm, 6pm

How To reach Les Machines De L'ile De Nantes by Public Transport

  • Tram line 1: get off at Chantiers Navals. From this station, it will take you around 3 minutes in car to reach this artistic park.

Restaurants Near Les Machines De L'ile De Nantes

  • garden ice cafe
  • eat'sushi
  • Le Bistrot de l'Ecrivain
  • Le Paludier
  • La Cigogne
  • Restaurant Grain de Vanille
  • Trait D'Union

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Les Machines De L'ile De Nantes , Nantes Reviews - Write a Review

  • This place is fantastic, the machines and the carousel are incredible our children (and adults) were completely in awe of everything, especially the elephant. The elephant itself is worth a trip to Nantes, it is absolutely amazing! The detail, mechanics and workmanship that has gone into the carousel's (the permanent one and a smaller mobile carousel) is staggering. Once they start moving, with the children (and adults in the big carousel) making the creatures and machines do different things it's magical. There were adults of all ages on the large carousel which has a floor that young children aren't allowed on. Their faces looked like they were transported back too their childhood with childish glints in their eyes. Our only minor down point was that the machines gallery exhibition itself is very small and only takes about twenty minutes or so to see everything. The demonstrations which would have made the visit a bit longer seemed only to be in French (we couldn't see anything regarding translations) so they were a bit lost on us. If you are visiting or anywhere near Nantes try to make some time to visit the machines! You won't regret it!

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  • It's a really lovely and awesome area It has some awesome structures and spots to check out For example, there's big mechanical elephant There's the carousel , big glown circles on the river that are breath-taking at night time. In addition , there's the Hangar a Bananes which used to be old warehoused to store bananas but now it's like an area for some nice pubs and nightclubs.

  • Disappointed after big queue for tickets that elephant ride sold out and that after paying to enter the gallery that the children couldn't go on any machine at all. This is quite misleading as brochures and website show children on machines. We did however enjoy looking at the elephant even though we didn't get on it. And getting sprayed by the water. We also enjoyed the carousel and thought it reasonable value. We would advise going at 10am to get an elephant ride. Skip the gallery and go on the carousel and have an ice cream. ..

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  • Be selective about the 3 attractions: 1. The workshops are quite small, and there are 3 main animal builds. When you go across to the main workshop there is an aerial platform to view the main workshop, that's it! 2. The elephant ride, worth a look, but I expect you'll have more enjoyment on the ground watching it stroll past. 3. The merry go round, of all 3 this is the best, more views of the mechanisms, and fun for the younger children too. If you want to go on the elephant be warned, arrive early ass it gets booked really quickly.

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  • To start-- book ahead of time if you think you want to ride the elephant. We knew we just wanted to watch so had no problems. Read the other reviews and consider what you like and don't like and whether the price makes sense for you. You can watch the elephant and carousels for free. Unfortunately their website is not as helpful as it could be. It is fascinating to watch and appreciate the mechanical and artistic accomplishments.

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