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Lyon Cathedral (Cathédrale St-Jean) Tours

Lyon Cathedral (Cathédrale St-Jean)
Stroll the cobblestoned streets of Old Town Lyon (Vieux Lyon) and Place St-Jean to discover the Lyon Cathedral (Cathédrale St-Jean). Among the draws of the 12th-century cathedral are stained-glass windows and a 16th-century astronomical clock. A top Lyon attraction, Cathédrale St-Jean is a must-see for Old Town visitors.

The Basics
Surrounded by Renaissance dwellings, the Romanesque-Gothic Cathédrale St-Jean is a standout attraction, contributing to Lyon's inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To visit this Old Town cathedral, take any number of tours that pass near the cathedral, including e-bike tours and hop-on hop-off bus tours. To taste Lyon's famous cuisine, consider a food tour, which typically introduces visitors to local flavors, visits the city's markets, and stops in the Old Town.

Things to Know Before You Go 
  • The cathedral's astronomical clock is a must-see for watch aficionados—its perpetual calendar is accurate, and the clock chimes daily.
  • If you have limited time, take a private tour, which typically visits Lyon's top attractions in just a few hours, including Cathédrale St-Jean.
  • It's possible to visit for daily mass, held in morning and evening.
  • Lyon is celebrated for its cuisine, so make time to taste local dishes and stop at its plentiful gourmet markets. 

How to Get There
Situated in the heart of Old Lyon, the Cathedrale St-Jean is a short walk from Vieux Lyon metro station and the Saint Paul train station (Gare de Saint Paul). To take the metro, hop on the D metro line—just one stop east of Bellecour metro station. The cathedral is a short walk from the metro, at 70 rue Saint Jean.

When to Get There
The cathedral is open on weekdays from 8:15am to 7:45pm. On weekends, it's open from 8am to 7pm. Mass is held twice daily. For a special experience, time your visit to the chiming of the astronomical clock, which rings at 12pm, 2pm, and 3pm. To avoid crowds and parishioners, visit during the week in the afternoon.

Visiting the Museum of the Cathedral Treasure 
To the right of the cathedral, you find one of the oldest standing buildings in the city: an 11th-century choir school. Today, this building showcases a collection of religious relics, dating to the 9th century. Find liturgical clothing, Byzantine crafts, and 17th-century tapestries. The museum is free to visit.
Address: 70 rue Saint Jean, Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Admission: Free
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20 Tours and Activities to Experience Lyon Cathedral (Cathédrale St-Jean)

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Discover Lyon in an Unusual Way

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Travelers that want to avoid a crowded tour bus—but see more than with a typical walking tour—shouldn't miss this comfortable, pedicab tour in Lyon. As you cruise through the heart of the city, see top attractions, from bustling Place Bellecour to the historic Theatre des Celestins and Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste. Along the way, learn about Lyon's history from your guide, and see some of the city's ancient hillside passageways, called traboules.
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Lyon Electric Bike Tour including Food Tasting with a Local Guide

Lyon Electric Bike Tour including Food Tasting with a Local Guide

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Take in the sights of Lyon with an electric bike tour, an easy way to get around, while you sample some of what makes this the culinary capital of France. After stops in Lyon's UNESCO-listed Old Town, the Place des Terreaux and La Croix-Rousse, riding along the picturesque Rhône River, pause at a restaurant to taste regional specialties like locally-made cheeses and cured meats. Upgrade to the 4-hour tour to include a stop at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière where you'll get wonderful views over Lyon. Tour group size is limited to 10 for more personalized attention from your guide.
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Vieux Lyon Cultural & Historical Walking Guided Tour (English)

Vieux Lyon Cultural & Historical Walking Guided Tour (English)

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10:00 am/English | On this guided walking tour of Vieux Lyon, you will discover this amazing neighborhood with Paul, your guide. We will explain the history and culture of Lyon, talking about a lot of things, like the Bouchon (local restaurants), the history of Silk production in Lyon, Klaus Barbie and the French resistance during the Second World War, Paul Bocuse and food culture and Renaissance in Lyon. We will visit many hidden passageways (the Traboules) and secret courtyards, that are sometimes hard to find on your own. For the last part of the tour we will cross over to the modern city center and visit some highlights like the Theatre des Celestins and the Hôtel Dieu. Tips are greatly appreciated. Our guides spend many hours of personal time increasing their knowledge to provide you with the best experience possible. Tips not only help financially but also let the guide know he or she is doing a great job. Typical tip range has been e5-10 per person.
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Lyon Old District : Private Walking Tour

Lyon Old District : Private Walking Tour

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This private walking tour will take you to the most famous landmarks of UNESCO world heritage site, Lyon. Expert, multilingual guides create the ideal tour for first time visitors. Being a private tour, it can be tailored to your own personal interests if you specify them at your booking. Experience Lyon, France’s famous gastronomic capital. This tour is perfect for the first time visitor to Lyon. Get a summary of Lyon's old district: one of France’s most beautiful and historical cities. The tour will take you through the enchanting neighborhood of Saint-Jean. and you'll also be taken through Lyon’s famous ‘Traboules'. Here, your expert guide will explain the fascinating history behind these ancient underground passageways a true highlight for many visitors to Lyon. If you have a mobility issue/ reduced mobility please let us know after you have made your reservation, so that we can adapt this tour to you. We are happy to have you with us!
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Private Lyon Ghost Tour: Haunted City Center Exploration Game

Private Lyon Ghost Tour: Haunted City Center Exploration Game

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Embark on a quest around Lyon by solving clues that will take you to the most haunted places in the city, all with the help of your smartphone. Unlock new stories as you discover on your own St. Jean Baptiste Cathedral, Loyasse cemetery, Montee du Gourguillon, and more. + Discover the most haunted streets, villas, and squares in the city + Find out the horror stories of the people who used to live there + Solve clues on your phone while you visit the haunted Lyon Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Start and stop whenever you want. Along the way, you’ll find horror stories that will give you the chills. Dare you go on this tour?
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Old Town Lyon WWII Escape Self-Guided Exploration Tour

Old Town Lyon WWII Escape Self-Guided Exploration Tour

Play a city game in Lyon and go on a walking tour filled with vast plazas and narrow streets, vibrant architecture, cosy boutiques, all overflowing with history. Highlights: Envision and reenact the terror of being caught by the Nazis Maneuver through the secret passageways (traboules) and hidden courtyards of Lyon Admire stunning statues and fountains Try a new type of experience, the perfect mix between a tour, an outdoor escape game, and a treasure hunt. Discover Lyon’s fascinating history and attractions while you solve clues around the Old Town. Explore this charming city in France by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. As you answer the questions, the secret story of each place is unlocked. The city game will take you about 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit which will allow you to go at your own pace.
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The Best of Old Lyon Walking Tour

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The Best of Old Lyon Walking Tour

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Discover the Old Lyon - the most amazing district of the city. What is the significance of Lyon Cathedral? The city is like a labyrinth made of surprising courtyards and passageways with stupendous gothic staircases or Italian galleries. Your local professional guide will take you to the most interesting places. You will be walking in alleys paved with cobblestones and admire those multi-coloured Renaissance facades. You will hear fascinating facts about the city. This tour is especially recommended if you are visiting Lyon for the first time.
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Vieux Lyon tour

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The Old Lyon is the most amazing district of the city. Near the majestic gothic Saint-Jean cathedral, you will push the doors and discover a labyrinth made of surprising courtyards and passageways with stupendous gothic staircases or italian galleries Let’s stroll in alleys paved with cobblestones and admire those multicolored Renaissance façades or beautiful silk workshops and typical lyonnais restaurants : a must in Lyon !
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Lyon Panoramic City Tour with Funicular Ride

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Lyon New & Old Town E-Bike Small Group Adventure Guided Tour

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Lyon ranks among France’s most beautiful cities, with impressive architecture and quintessentially French culture—but hitting the main sites of interest on foot in a day is a challenge. On this tour, spin through the city by electric bike with your guide, and reach top attractions such as Bellecour Square, the UNESCO–listed Old Town, and the Tête d'Or botanical gardens with ease—with free time to explore on foot at your own pace.
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St. John's Cathedral

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Old Town Lyon

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Lyon City Private Guided Tour

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I offer you to be your guide for a tour in Lyon. During all day long i make you discover Lyon throught different points of interest (cultural, historical, architectural).
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Private Gourmet Tour of Lyon's Historic Center

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Get personalized attention on this 2.5-hour private culinary tour in Old Lyon. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed neighborhood and stop for tasting sessions to refuel during your walk, including chocolate, cheese, marzipan, and wine.
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 Small Group Gourmet tour of Old Lyon and Les Halles Paul Bocuse covered market

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Au fil de Lyon, private day tour

Au fil de Lyon, private day tour

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In complete privacy, come and discover Lyon with a private guide, art historian and heritage restorer. Learn about Lyon from its birth to the first workers' revolts in XIXth century. 20 centuries of a rich and fascinating history, punctuated by anecdotes and small very Lyon surprises!
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Private 4-hour Walking Tour of Lyon with official tour guide

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Enjoy this private walking tour in the city of Lyon along with your private official guide. The tour starts at the streets of Old Lyon, more exactly at the Gadagne Museum. This complex consists of three interesting museums: the Lyon History Museum, the Museum of Renaissance Buildings and the Museum of the Puppets of the World. Your next stop will be the Cathedral of Saint-Jean, an impressive Christian edification built, from 1180 to 1480, that clearly represents the transition from Romanesque to Gothic. After that, we continue to Saint-Jean square to take a small break and enjoy a cup of coffe and a croissant at any of its surrounding stores. The last stop, but not the least important is Saint-Jean Street (Rue Saint-Jean). A narrow and cobbled pedestrian street, surrounded by many interesting restaurants and stores. Among the sites you can visit we offer: Bellecour square Tete d’Ord park Gallo-Roman museum Saint-Jean cathedral Ópera de Lyon Lyon Museum of Contemporany art
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Private 4-hour City Tour of Lyon with driver, guide and Hotel pick-up

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Enjoy this private tour through the city of Lyon with your private official guide. Get to know the most emblematic places of the silk capital, from the comfort of your private vehicle with driver. The start point of the tour will depend on the pick-up location. Among many other places to visit, you can enjoy: Jacabins Square Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon) Saint-Jean Cathedral Garden of the Grande Côte Parc de la Tête d’Or Lumiere Institute Gallo-Roman Museum Lyon Opera Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art The Bartholdi fountain And much more! At the end of the tour, your private driver and guide will take you back to your hotel in Lyon.
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Lyon Walking Tour with professional guide

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Lyon is one of the largest cities of France and is known for its historical and architectural landmarks. In this tour, you will have the chance to visit the famous ancient Lyon, a place full of secrets paths and historical buildings. First, you will enjoy a panorama of the city from the Parc des Hauteurs before going to the Basilica Notre Dame de Fourvière dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Next stop will be a landmark of Ancient Lyon and its traboules (narrow and secrets paths), the Maison du Chamarrier. After that, Lyon Cathedral will catch your interest with its astronomical clock and its archeological garden. The Maison des Avocats and the Cour of Appeal of Lyon will show you two different types of architecture. Finally, you will stop by the Maison Thomassin, a landmark of the Old Town and one of its oldest buildings. This tour will be a nice promenade in a unique history!
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