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Things to do in Lyon

Attractive sites showcasing Lyon's long history of culture and industry, such as the Fabrics Museum and Fine Arts Museum, cluster on central Presqu'île and just across the Saône and Rhône. Most are open 10am to 5.30pm, except Monday. Delve into the narrow streets and Traboules Trail (covered alleys) in the atmospheric silk-workers' quarter Croix-Rousse or the smarter medieval and Renaissance Vieux Lyon district. Take a funicular up the landmark Fourvière Hill for panoramic views.

Traboules Trail, Lyon. © Office du Tourisme de Lyon

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Museum of Roman Gaul - Museums and Galleries

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    Museum of Roman Gaul, Lyon. © Museum of Roman Gaul

    In ancient times Lyon, known as Lugdunuum, was the biggest city in Gaul. The Museum of Roman Gaul (Musée Gallo-Romain) has a huge collection of sculpture, art, coins, pottery and other items from the times of the Roman Empire.Show this on map

    Cost

    €4; concessions €2.50

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-6pm (closed Mon)

    Address

    17, Rue Cléberg, Lyon, 69005

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 72 38 49 30

    Transport

    Fourvière funicular

    Website

    Museum of Roman Gaul Website

  2. 2. Resistance and Deportation Museum - Special things to do

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    Resistance and Deportation Museum, Lyon. © CHRD / Benoît Roux

    Located in former Gestapo premises on the Saône's East Bank, the Resistance and Deportation History Centre (Centre d'Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation) vividly recalls the wartime suffering of Lyon, which was a centre of the Resistance.Show this on map

    Cost

    €4; concessions €2

    Opening hours

    Wed-Fri 9am-5.30pm; Sat & Sun 9.30am-6pm

    Address

    14, Avenue Berthelot, Lyon, 69007

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 78 72 23 11

    Transport

    Métro to Jean Macé or Tram T2 to Centre Berthelot.

    Website

    Resistance and Deportation Museum website

  3. 3. International Museum of Miniatures - Museums and Galleries

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    International Museum of Miniatures, Lyon. Courtesy of International Museum of Miniatures

    A homage to small things, the International Museum of Miniatures was founded by the miniaturist Dan Ohlmann. It is filled with tiny versions of all sorts of things and housed in the fully-sized Maison des Avocats in old Lyon.Show this on map

    Cost

    €7; concessions €5.50; children free-€5.50

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-6.30pm (until 7pm weekends)

    Address

    60, rue Saint Jean, Lyon, 69005

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 72 00 24 77

    Transport

    Métro to Saint-Jean

    Website

    International Museum of Miniatures Website

  4. 4. Fabrics Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Fabrics Museum, Lyon. © Fabrics Museum

    Lyon's Fabrics Museum on the Presqu'île displays one of the world's richest collections of historic silk tapestries and other precious fabrics. The 18th-century mansion also houses fine furnishings and silverware in the Decorative Arts Museum.Show this on map

    Cost

    €7; concessions €4.50; under 3s free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-5.30pm (Decorative Arts closed 12pm-2pm)

    Address

    34, Rue de la Charité, Lyon, 69002

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 78 38 42 00

    Transport

    Métro to Ampère or Victor Hugo

    Website

    Fabric Museum Website

  5. 5. Museum of Fine Arts - Museums and Galleries

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    Museum of Fine Arts, Lyon. © Laurent Berthier/Caméléon Photographie, courtesy of Lyon Tourist Office

    Lyon's Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon) is known as Little Louvre. Its collection includes over 1,800 paintings, objects and sculptures from Ancient History to the Renaissance, and the only Islamic art collection in France outside Paris.Show this on map

    Cost

    €7; concessions free-€4; exhibitions free-€9

    Opening hours

    Daily except Tue 10am-6pm (from 10.30am Fri)

    Address

    20, Place des Terreaux, Lyon, 69001

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 72 10 17 40

    Transport

    By Métro to Hôtel de Ville

    Website

    Museum of Fine Arts website

  6. 6. Institut Lumière - Museums & Galleries

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    Institut Lumière, Lyon. © OTCP/Amélie Dupont

    Lyon's Institut Lumière is devoted to one of the most influential families in history - the Lumières, inventors of cinema. The museum examines the family's forays into photography and three-dimensional cinema. In summer there is a popular outdoor cinema festival.

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    Cost

    €6.50; concessions €5.50

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-6.30pm

    Address

    25 rue du Premier Film, Lyon, France

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 78 78 18 95

Attractions

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  1. 7. Place des Terreaux - Attractions

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    Place des Terreaux, Lyon. © Vincent Formica/Office de Tourisme de Lyon

    Grandiose 17th-century Place des Terreaux, focal point of the Presqu'île, once witnessed mobs and guillotines, but today is lined with parasols and café tables. Magical pavement water sprays and lights complement Bartholdi's imposing fountain of horses emerging from foaming water.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Lyon, 69001

    Transport

    Métro to Hôtel de Ville

  2. 8. St Jean Cathedral - Attractions

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    St Jean Cathedral, Lyon. Courtesy of Office du Tourisme de Lyon, © Tristan Deschamps

    Dominating Vieux Lyon, the majestic St Jean Cathedral includes architectural styles from a 12th-century Romanesque apse to an elaborate 15th-century Gothic façade decorated with medallions. Inside is fine stone carving, beautiful stained glass and an intricate 14th-century astronomical clock.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 8.15am-12.05pm & 1.45pm-7.30pm; Sat & Sun 8.15am-12.05pm & 1.45pm-7pm

    Address

    8, Place St Jean, Vieux Lyon, Lyon, 69005

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 78 92 82 29

    Transport

    By Métro to Vieux Lyon

    Website

    St-Jean Cathedral Website

Special things to do

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  1. 9. Traboules Trail - Special things to do

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    Traboules Trail, Lyon. © Office du Tourisme de Lyon

    Follow the signposted traboules on a trail through Vieux Lyon or Croix Rousse. These hidden covered shortcuts dart through the inner courtyards and stairwells of large houses. Originally for workers carrying precious silks, they proved invaluable to the Resistance.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Mostly always open

    Address

    Start from Gros Cailloux (big rock), near Place de la Croix-Rousse and Place des Terreaux, Lyon, 69005

    Transport

    Métro to Vieux Lyon or Croix-Rousse

  2. 10. Fourvière Hill and Basilica Notre-Dame - Special things to do

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    Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Lyon.© Office du Tourisme de Lyon/Edmund Hazlewood

    A funicular climbs from Vieux Lyon to the top of Fourvière Hill, where the ornate 19th-century Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière stands. The esplanade behind the city's imposing landmark has a panoramic vista across Lyon which is especially lovely at night.Show this on map

    Cost

    Panoramic tower: €2; children €1 Esplanade: free

    Opening hours

    Basilica: Daily 8am-7pm; Esplanade: Daily 6am-9.30pm (until 10pm 15 May-30 Sep)

    Address

    8, Place de Fourvière, Lyon

    Telephone

    +33 (0) 4 78 25 13 01

    Transport

    Fourvière funicular

    Website

    Basilica Notre-Dame Website

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