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Visit Lyon

Famous for its food, silk and cinema, the point where north and south meet, and with a history by turns troubled and prosperous, Lyon is a city with many faces.

Located in the centre of France, Lyon has flourished over the centuries to become a thriving major city. From Bocuse to the Lumière brothers and Jean Moulin, from colourful silk workers to mischievous boys, not to mention Guignol, the famous offspring of the capital of the Gauls, whose silhouettes adorn the city's painted walls, still live on in the heart of the city.

With two hills and two rivers, the areas of Lyon are easy to find. At the bottom of Fourvière, the "hill that prays", Lyon Old Town is a pretty mishmash of buildings Italian Renaissance-inspired buildings, passageways and little cobbled streets dotted with vintage shops and traditional restaurants, leading to the beautiful Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. From there take the old funicular to climb up the hill and explore the Fourvière Basilica, take in the panorama of the city or go back in time at the Roman amphitheatre or the adjoining Gallo-Roman Museum.

Further east, nestled between the Rhône and the Saône, is the Peninsula, with its wide, shop-lined avenues and impressive squares. Make time to wander around and do a spot of window-shopping, while admiring the majestic buildings, such as the City Hall, Opera House or Museum of Fine Arts.

In the northern part of the peninsula is the Croix-Rousse hill, an area with a typically Lyonnais atmosphere. Unlike its counterpart, the Croix-Rousse hill is traditionally an area of industry, with its silk workers, looms and silk manufacturing. With a joyfully informal atmosphere, Croix-Rousse market is another local institution where you can pick up some tasty treats.

Among the many museums, several recount the city's history and culture, be it cinema, silk, the exploits of the resistance or even Guignol. To escape the urban jungle, the Parc de la Tête d'Or is a huge haven of greenery. And if you're not bothered by crowds, come around 8 December for the Festival of Lights to see the buildings lit up in lavish colours.

With an airport, several train stations and excellent road links, Lyon can be easily reached from all over France and abroad. Once there, you can move around the city easily with its handy and extensive underground, bus and tram system. The city's self-service bicycle rental scheme, Vélo'v, is the perfect solution for more sporty types. Just watch out!

With its unique history and geography, Lyon is a foodie destination whose secret flavours will delight all your senses!

Where to stay in Lyon

Lyon City Centre, Lyon, France

Lyon City Centre

Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Textile Museum to Bellecour Square – discover Lyon City Centre, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Lyon City Centre
Lyon showing a city, a river or creek and a statue or sculpture

Old Lyon

4.5/5Wonderful!(27 area reviews)

Visitors often come to Old Lyon for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Gallo-Roman Museum (Musee de la Civilization Gallo-Romaine). Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you take a ride at Vieux Lyon Station.

Old Lyon
La Presqu\'ile featuring cycling as well as a large group of people

La Presqu'ile

4.5/5Wonderful!(93 area reviews)

Spread over a narrow peninsula between the Rhône and Sâone rivers, Lyon’s commercial center draws in visitors with its luxury shops and cultural institutions.

La Presqu'ile
5th Arrondissement

5th Arrondissement

Explore this compelling city district, which encompasses Lyon’s most famous sites, including Fourvière hill and Vieux Lyon.

5th Arrondissement
3rd Arrondissement, Lyon, France

3rd Arrondissement

3.5/5Good!(61 area reviews)

Noted for its shopping and river views, there's plenty to explore in 3rd Arrondissement. Top attractions like Part Dieu Mall and Tour Part-Dieu are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Dauphine - Lacassagne Tram Stop or Sans Souci Station to see more of the city.

3rd Arrondissement
La Croix Rousse featuring outdoor eating and café lifestyle

La Croix Rousse

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Shopping, spas and restaurants are just a few things travellers like about La Croix Rousse. Sights like Place de la Croix Rousse and Maison des Canuts are spots to explore, and you can get around the greater Lyon area at Henon Station.

La Croix Rousse

Top hotels in Lyon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
NH Lyon Airport
NH Lyon Airport
4 out of 5
£82
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Eurexpo, Genas Karting and Genas Bowling. Groupama Stadium and Grand parc de ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,182 reviews)

"We really liked Abdel in the bar. We only stayed one night before an early flight home from the airport, but the hotel is so convenient, it was worth every penny."…"

Reviewed on 8 Dec 2019

NH Lyon Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
4 out of 5
£90
per night
Feb 7 - Feb 8

Located in Lyon City Centre, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Part Dieu Mall, Bellecour Square and Tete d'Or Park. Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière ...

4.3/5Excellent! (698 reviews)

"Very modern appointments and extra security on the elevators"…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel Lyon
Campanile Lyon Centre-Berges du Rhône
Campanile Lyon Centre-Berges du Rhône
3 out of 5
4-6 Rue Mortier, Lyon, Rhone
£53
per night
Feb 8 - Feb 9

Located in Lyon City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Place des Jacobins and Bellecour Square. Lyon Opera and Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière ...

3.8/5Good! (836 reviews)

"very close to everything. everything is walkable distance."…"

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2019

Campanile Lyon Centre-Berges du Rhône

Popular things to do in Lyon

Bellecour Square
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Bellecour Square

4/5(82 reviews)

Relax at a café in one of Europe’s largest open squares and enjoy the French ambiance generated by street performers and live music.

Part Dieu Mall
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Part Dieu Mall

4/5(32 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Part Dieu Mall, a popular shopping spot in Lyon. While you're in the area, stroll along the riverfront.

Lyon City Hall
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Lyon City Hall

4/5(53 reviews)

The symbol of Lyon and the seat of its government is a stunning 17th-century building with a history of swamps, fires and revolutions.

Lyon Opera
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Lyon Opera

4/5(28 reviews)

Watch a performance or tour the interior of this unusual opera house, which dramatically combines traditional and modern architectural styles.

Confluence Museum
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Confluence Museum

4/5(11 reviews)

Confluence Museum is a top museum in Lyon with a rich history. Visit the area's shops or amble around its riverfront.

Place des Terreaux
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Place des Terreaux

4/5(59 reviews)

Life unfolds in this beautiful and busy central square, home to a superb fountain sculpted by Statue of Liberty designer, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi.

Top activities in Lyon

Lyon City Card
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Lyon City Card

£23

Lyon City Card, the essential pass! Lyon City Card is your “all-inclusive” passport to culture and leisure activities in Lyon! Throughout your stay, it will enable you to discover the city by giving you access to its public transport network and all its tourist and culture sites.

Lyon’s Old Town Walking Tour
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Lyon’s Old Town Walking Tour

£10

Discover fascinating Vieux Lyon (Lyon Old Town) and marvel at one of UNESCO’s largest World Heritage treasures. Along with your experienced local guide, stroll through the city’s paved alleyways and learn about the secretive history of the traboules (passageways) used in the silk industry.

Lyon City Card with Rhonexpress Transfer to Lyon Airport
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Lyon City Card with Rhonexpress Transfer to Lyon Airport

£37

Maximize your time and budget in Lyon with the City Card, created to help you do it all. Gain access to 23 museums and unlimited public transportation ( Bus Metro Tram Funicular), guided tour, river cruise, shopping, and more.

Lyon Like a Local: Customized Private Tour
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Lyon Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

£25

With our customized tours, you’ll skip the mundane historical tours and discover the city through a local’s eyes. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel to make it as much about the people you meet, as it is the places you see.

Lyon Old Town Food Tour
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Lyon Old Town Food Tour

£76

From the Saint Jean District with the cathedral to the traboules & bouchons lyonnais, we offer you to discover the Lyon old town and to stroll all along the pedestrian zone discovering some of the best artisans of the street.

Lyon Musee Miniature et Cinema Admission Ticket
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Lyon Musee Miniature et Cinema Admission Ticket

£8

Visit: Musee du Cinema et de la Miniature, 60 rue Saint Jean, 69005 Lyon France Un musée unique en France qui présente deux collections rares et étonnantes : les effets spéciaux au cinéma avant l'ère du tout numérique et la miniature d'art. Du

Reviews of Lyon

4.4

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 35.76158940397351%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.947019867549669%
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5/5 - Excellent

Peach

Jan 5, 2020

The Basilica walk is well worth it. Go inside for a stunning experience

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 31, 2019

Excellent food especially in bouchons but need to reserve.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 18, 2019

Food was amazing everywhere we went...

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 17, 2019

An excellent place for a weekend visit - particularly enjoyed the Gallo-Roman Museum

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

The fête des lumières is fantastic, would recommend to anyone and the old town is great to browse; lots of shops and some great restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 25, 2019

Lovely city. Hope to return!

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