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Why Visit Lyon?

Lyon is France’s third largest city and is home to half a million people. It is well known for its cuisine, historical landmarks and of course its world-famous football team. Lyon also played a major role in the creation of cinema as the cinematograph (the first motion picture film camera) was created here.

When you arrive in Lyon, it will be hard to miss what is perhaps Lyon’s biggest attraction, the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourviere. The basilica was built in the 19th century and overlooks the city, which makes it a great place to visit as you can see the beauty of the basilica and the city all at once! After a tour of the Basilica, take a trip to the Musee des Beaux Arts to see some amazing artwork.

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We recommend that if you are a food lover or have an interest in history and architecture, Lyon is a must visit city for you!

Aer Lingus operate flights to Lyon from Dublin daily, with an estimated flight time of two hours and twenty minutes.

To learn more about things to do in Lyon, the best time to go and local info see here.

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Things to do in Lyon

Attractions

  • Have a drink in Lyon’s old town, the most beautiful area of the city
  • Visit Lyon’s museum of Archaeology to learn about Lugdunum, the ancient Roman city which Lyon was built on
  • Visit the stunning 12th century Cathedral of Saint-John
  • Visit the zoo in Parc de la Tete d’Or

Nightlife 

Lyon’s nightlife consists mainly of pubs and bars dotted around the city. For the best nightlife, visit the old town or the banks of the Saone.

Dining Out  

Lyon is known as the French capital of gastronomy and with over four thousand restaurants in the city, it is easy to see why! Whether you want a budget meal or a Michelin-starred dining experience, you will have plenty of choice in Lyon!

For Families 

Children will love a visit to France Adventures. The Ariel adventure park is located close to the city and has different circuits for kids from two years old all the way up to adults!

Shopping  

Lyon has many great shopping streets and areas to suit all tastes and budgets. We recommend a visit to Part-Dieu, a huge shopping center in Lyon’s business district with hundreds of stores and food outlets.

Festival Of Lights

Lyon hosts their festival of lights celebration every year from the 8th of December. The festival is a celebration of thanks to the Virgin Mary, who is claimed to have saved the city from a deadly plague in the Middle Ages. During this event the city organizes breath-taking light shows on Lyon’s most famous monuments.

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Best Time to Go 

If you don’t mind missing the best of Lyon’s summer weather, a visit in September or October is a fantastic time to take your trip! During these months the Autumn weather makes Lyon become a colourful city and you will also avoid the large number of tourists that visit during the summer season!

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Currency 

Euro is the currency used in France.

Time Zone 

Lyon is an hour ahead of Ireland.