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Things to do in Lyon

Attractive sites showcasing Lyon's long history of culture and industry, such as the Textile 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.

Les Halles de Lyons, Lyon. Photo Vincent Formica, courtesy Lyon Tourist Office
International Museum of Miniatures, Lyon. Courtesy of International Museum of Miniatures
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International Museum of Miniatures

Exquisite scale models

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.



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

Musée International de la Miniature Website

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

World-class art gallery

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.



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

Musée des Beaux-Arts Website

Fabrics Museum, Lyon. © Fabrics Museum
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Fabrics Museum

Rare historic silks

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.



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

Musée des Tissus et Arts Decoratifs Website

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

Treasures of Roman Lyon

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.



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

Musée Gallo-Romain Website

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

Masterpiece of medieval architecture

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.



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

Cathédrale Saint Jean Website

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

Lively main square

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.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Lyon, 69001

Transport

Métro to Hôtel de Ville

Website

Place des Terreaux Website

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

Spectacular city views

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.



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

Fourvière Website

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

History of the Resistance

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.



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

Traboules Trail, Lyon. © Office du Tourisme de Lyon
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Traboules Trail

Secretive covered alleys

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.



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

Website

Traboules de Lyon website

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