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Lyon Office de tourisme
Place Bellecour, 2e Lyon
69000

Tel:+33 (0)4 72 77 69 69
Fax:+33 (0)4 78 42 04 32

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Lyon is the second largest city in France after Paris and has for the past 500yrs been a powerful centre for the textile, pharmaceutical and banking trades.  The knock on effects of this thriving economy are quite simply outstanding - a range of interesting museums, a dynamic university, first-class shopping, antique markets, varied nightlife, art-house cinema and vibrant theatre and music festivals.

Lyon is also the undisputed centre of French gastronomy.  Ask a French person what one should sample in Lyon and they'll probably wax lyrical about the soft St-Felicien and St Marcellin cheeses or the Andouillettes la Lyonnaise (tripe sausages stuffed with veal served with fried onions).  You'll find these local specialities in reasonably priced restaurants known as 'bouchons' or 'meres'.

There is much to explore in Lyon including Vieux Lyon which is a delightful labyrinth of cobbled alleyways, Renaissance palaces and two Roman amphitheatres which still stage rock concerts even today.  The Presqu'ile is also worth a foray and is the heart of modern-day Lyonnais life.  Here you'll find the huge Place Bellecour with its statue of Louis XIV, the 17th century Hotel de Ville and the Palais St-Pierre, a former Benedictine convent and now home to the Musee des Beaux Arts.  This is just a taster as there's plenty more sights and sounds to be had in Lyon!

Sightseeing Tours In Lyon

What to See - Lyon Attractions

Fish
21 quai Victor Augagneur, Lyon 69000
hugely popular disco on a boat for the 'in-crowd'
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Sat | Tel: +33 (0)4 72 84 98 98

Opera House
Place de la Comedie, 1er,, Lyon 69000
opera, ballet, and classical concerts
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mid Sep - Jul | Tel: +33 (0)4 72 00 45 45

Walking tours
Office de tourisme, Place Bellecour, 2e,, Lyon 69000
,of Vieux Lyon, Fourviere and the secret underground passages
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep | Tel: +33 (0)4 72 77 69 69

Navig-Inter
3 quai des Celestins, 2e, metro Bellecour, Lyon 69000
Explore Lyon by river
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Oct | Tel: +33 (0)4 78 42 96 81

Parc de la Tete d'Or
Parc de la Tete d'Or, Rive Gauche, blvd des Belges, Lyon 69000
117-hectare, English style gardens with botanical greenhouses with carnivorous plants!
| Opening Times: Mar-Oct | Tel: +33 (0)4 72 69 47 60

Musee des Beaux-Arts
Palais St-Pierre, 20 Place des Terreaux, Lyon 69000
France's second largest art collection after the Louvre and well worth it!
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)4 72 10 17 40

Maison des Canuts
10-12 rue d'Ivry, Lyon 69000
Lyon's traditional silk weaving past
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mon-Sat | Tel: +33 (0)4 78 28 62 04

Musee des Arts Decoratifs
30 rue de la Charite, Lyon 69000
an interesting collection of tapestries, art & furniture
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)4 78 38 42 00

Musee des Tissus
34 rue de la Charite, Lyon 69000
silks and tapestries which illustrate Lyon's rich textile heritage
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)4 78 38 42 00

Musee de L'imprimerie
13 rue de la Poulaillerie, Lyon 69000
the history of Lyon's printing past
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)4 78 37 65 98

Cathedrale St-Jean
Place St-Jean, 5e, Vieux Lyon, Lyon 69000
an impressive cathedral with 14th century astronomical clock
| Opening Times: Daily

Hotel Gadagne
Place du Petit College, 5e; Vieux Lyon, Lyon 69000
this 15th century building houses the Musee Historique de Lyon (history musuem) and the Musee de la Marionnette (displaying the celebrated Lyonnais puppets)
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)4 78 42 03 61

Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourviere
Place de Fourviere, 5e, Vieux Lyon, Lyon 69000
a glitzy mock-Byzantine basilica and one of the lasting images of Lyon
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)4 78 25 51 82

Theatres Romains
rue Cleberg, 5e, Fourviere funicular station, Lyon 69000
visit the Grand Theatre built to seat 30,000 and the smaller Odeon
| Opening Times: Apr-Sep

Musee de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine
rue Cleberg, 5e, Fourviere funicular station, Lyon 69000
an underground museum with a superb collection of artefacts which describe Lyon's rich Gallo-Roman heritage
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)4 72 38 81 90