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Lyon

With a good selection of interesting highlights, you will discover plenty to see and do in Lyon.

Visitors to this part of Rhone will be sharing space with approximately 470,000 local residents.

It is situated approximately 9 miles northwest of Mions and 240 miles southeast of Paris, the national capital.

Grab the kids and enjoy some quality time together at Waves Aquatic Centre and Salva Terra. If you're looking for even more family fun, head on to Bulle d'Air Park and Parc Royal Kids.

Studying the intriguing world of marine animals is always a lot of fun at Lyon Aquarium and Aquarium du Grand Lyon.

The area's vineyards certainly know how to delight the senses. Meet the cellar masters, sample the delights and relax into a great day out at the E. Guigal or the Domaine George Vernay. Once you've caught the wine bug, head for the Chateau des Tours and the Chateau de Montmelas.

When you're ready to try out your poker face, make your way over to the Casino Lyon Pharaon or the Casino Le Lyon Vert.

For some relaxed outdoor time, head on over to one of the well-loved parklands. Read a book or just watch the clouds roll overhead at Tete d'Or Park and Parc de la Tête d'Or. Le Jardin Des Chartreux is another local favorite.

Nothing equals a day out among nature to recharge your batteries. When you need to escape the hustle and bustle, head on over to Ile Barbe.

Spend a day or two exploring some of the favored exhibition spaces nearby. The Musee Lumiere and the Textile Museum offer a range of collections that are bound to spark your curiosity. The Le Petit Musée Fantastique de Guignol and the Musée Henri Malarte are also well worth a visit.

Featuring an excellent range of scientific artifacts and displays, the Musee de Sciences biologiques Docteur Merieux is worth making the time for.

You may think of natural museums as the domain of children, but the intriguing collections at the Roman Theatres of Fourviere and the Espace Pierres Folles et son musee show that there's a good deal to keep the adults entertained as well. You may also like to stop by the Musée de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine and the Théâtre Romain.

An oasis for lovers of art, this area boasts an impressive range of gallery spaces in which local and international artists display their work. Revel in the hip atmosphere at the Musee d'Art Contemporain and the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts. If you can fit them in, the Musee Theatre Guignol and the Musée d'Art Religieux are also well worth checking out.

History comes to life at the Gallo-Roman Museum and the Lyon History Museum (Musee Historique de Lyon) thanks to their wide array of illuminating displays. The Centre d'Histoire de la Resistance et de la Deportation and the Maison d'Expositions de l'Araire are also prominent choices.

Wander back through the ages with a visit to Lyon City Hall and the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, just a couple of the preserved historic sites here. When it comes to bygone times, the stories are countless. Lyon Courthouse and the Maison des Canuts are two more great places to stop by.

Wander through time and get a glimpse of the military significance of Lyon. History buffs will be dazzled by the defensive structures at Fort Bron.

Palais Saint-Pierre is a grand time capsule, boasting some of the best art and architecture in the region.

Step right into the pages of a storybook and check out the formidable architecture of Chateau de Jarnioux.

Discover the region's spiritual side and take in the peaceful atmosphere at St. Jean Cathedral and Notre Dame Basilica. Sainte Marie de la Tourette and Saint Martin d'Ainay Abbey are also popular sacred sites.

Lyon's most prominent tourist sights often overshadow its less renowned, yet equally fascinating activities. The Genas Karting and Yzeron Aventure are some good options. If you have the time, also think about visiting the Fresque des Lyonnais or Vieux Lyon's Traboules.


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Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon

Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon

129 rue Servient, Lyon
4.4
of 5, from 230 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in 3rd Arrondissement, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Part Dieu Mall and Bellecour Square. Tete d'Or Park and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£80
NH Lyon Airport

NH Lyon Airport

Terminal 1, BP 202, Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport
4.3
of 5, from 593 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Genas Karting, Eurexpo Lyon and Genas Bowling. Waves Aquatic Centre and Lyon-Chassieu Golf Club are also within 9 miles (15 km).

£31
Premiere Classe Lyon Centre - Gare Part Dieu

Premiere Classe Lyon Centre - Gare Part Dieu

75 Boulevard Marius Vivier Merle, Lyon
3.6
of 5, from 1,095 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in 3rd Arrondissement, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Oxygen Tower and Musee Lumiere. Bellecour Square and Textile Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£85
Fourvière Hôtel Lyon

Fourvière Hôtel Lyon

23 rue Roger Radisson, Lyon
4.6
of 5, from 169 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in 5th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Roman Theatres of Fourviere, Gallo-Roman Museum and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. St. Jean Cathedral and Bellecour Square are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£51
Hotel Athena

Hotel Athena

45 Boulevard Marius Vivier Merle, Lyon
3.4
of 5, from 1,174 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in 3rd Arrondissement, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Oxygen Tower, Musee Lumiere and Bellecour Square. Tete d'Or Park and Lyon Opera are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£112
Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel

Hotel Carlton Lyon - MGallery By Sofitel

4 Rue De Jussieu, Lyon
4.7
of 5, from 438 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in 2nd Arrondissement, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Jacobins and Bellecour Square. Lyon Opera and Lyon City Hall are also within 15 minutes.

£38
ibis Lyon Part Dieu Les Halles

ibis Lyon Part Dieu Les Halles

78 Rue De Bonnel, Lyon
3.8
of 5, from 594 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in 3rd Arrondissement, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Auditorium Maurice Ravel, Bellecour Square and Lyon Opera. Tete d'Or Park and Lyon City Hall are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£39
Campanile Lyon Centre-Berges du Rhône

Campanile Lyon Centre-Berges du Rhône

4-6 Rue Mortier, Lyon
3.7
of 5, from 484 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in 3rd Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bellecour Square and Place des Jacobins. Lyon Opera and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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