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What to Do in Lyon: Must See Attractions

Lyon Attractions

Do you live for delicious food or shopping? Or maybe you just like to make your way around a new travel destination like a true local. When you're in Lyon, it doesn't matter which slot you fit in — this interesting city has all the attractions and experiences you could ever want.

Discover the best sights in Lyon with some popular tours & day trips, or try out our list of 56 fun activities in Lyon. We have no booking fees and free cancellation, so you can rest easy and channel your energy into planning the perfect vacation.

Things to Do in Lyon with Kids

You'll find lots of great things to do in Lyon with the kids. Make some new memories together with these family friendly experiences:

Free Things to Do in Lyon

There's no need to run your credit card hot in Lyon. The following won't even cost a penny.

Musée d'Art Religieux - Stroll around and appreciate the interesting displays and unique collections at this popular museum.

Fresque des Lyonnais - This is a great place to get your culture hit and learn all about the region's artistic side.

University of Lyon II - Appreciate the originality and design of this impressive example of modernistic architecture.

Medieval & Renaissance Architecture - Soak up some of the intriguing history of the region through this site.

Place des Jacobins - This vibrant spot is a popular hangout for both locals and tourists.

Gros Caillou - Open up your guidebook and find out why this place is worth adding to your to-do list.

Eglise Saint Nizier - No matter what you believe in, this site will invoke a sense of reverence.

Le Jardin Des Chartreux - Grab your picnic blanket, pack some nibbles and find a cozy spot to relish Mother Nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Lyon

Lyon City Centre

Lyon City Centre is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Bellecour Square and Part Dieu Mall. See more of Lyon by jumping on the metro at Rue de l'Universite Tram Stop or Saint-André Tram Stop.


La Presqu'ile

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.


Old Lyon

Take time in Old Lyon to visit attractions like Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Lyon Cathedral. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at Vieux Lyon Station to see more of the city.

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3rd Arrondissement

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.


5th Arrondissement

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

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Be sure to check out the restaurants and shopping while you're strolling through Vaise, and hop on the metro at Valmy Station to see more of the surrounding area.


Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Lyon on a sunny day?

When the weather is putting on a show, these experiences guarantee a great time:

What to do in Lyon on a rainy day?

Have a go at some of these appealing indoor activities and turn a dull, rainy day into something unforgettable:

What should I not miss in Lyon?

Put these sights toward the top of your to-do list to make the most of your visit:

  • Eurexpo Lyon
  • Bellecour Square
  • Lyon City Hall
  • Lyon Opera

Are there cheap things to do in Lyon?

Book a Lyon’s Old Town Walking Tour or a Lyon City Card and experience this destination without spending a ton of cash.

What can you do in Lyon for free?

You'll barely have time to dig your wallet out of your backpack with so many fantastic free attractions:

  • Eurexpo Lyon
  • Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
  • Part Dieu Mall
  • Lyon Confluence Shopping Center