Family holidays in Lyon: plan your trip

Family holidays in Lyon: plan your trip

Fourvière and old town Lyon: delving into the past
Located in the South-East of France, the capital of Gaul is a very rich city both culturally and historically. Whichever Novotel hotel you choose, your holiday in Lyon is an opportunity to share moments of complicity and knowledge with your family. It’s easy to get around by metro and tramway to visit the most remarkable sites the city has to offer.
La Confluence: the riverside district of the future, where you can do a thousand and one things
During your stay in Lyon, start by exploring its historical centre. Located on a hillside, the Fourvière district is really pleasant, and the basilica is a must-see with an amazing view of the city. To get there, the funicular is the most practical way, and the most amusing. At the foot of the colline de Fourvière is old Lyon. Strolling in this district is like travelling back in time, since the buildings are standing witnesses from the medieval and Renaissance epoch.
Cultural outings for the whole family
If you want an urban experience with plenty to do, you should head for the Confluence district, located in the 2nd arrondissement between the Rhone and the Saone rivers. If you stay at the Novotel Lyon Confluence hotel, you’ll already be right in the heart of this trendy leisure activity centre. In fact, this part of the embankment has been completely refurbished and today possesses many attractions for children and adults. If you feel like seeing a film with your family, and having a bite to eat, then the creative hub of La Confluence is a good bet. Looking for excitement? The Azium area is ideal. It has climbing walls for kids and adults, and an Adventure Trail with tons of different obstacles. For quieter games, the Children’s Area also has a lot to offer.
A family stroll in the parc de la Tête d’Or
If you want to keep your children occupied, head for the Confluence museum just a stone’s throw from the Novotel Lyon Gerland. It includes natural history collections as well as ethnological collections. Mummified animals from ancient Egypt, meteorites and the history of human civilisation: the museum offers an infinite number of curiosities. As for film lovers and people who love puppetry, there are two must-see venues in old Lyon, namely the Miniature et Cinéma museum, with hundreds of décors and film props from international films, and the musée Gadagne, dedicated to puppets from around the world.
If the weather is fine, don’t miss a leisurely walk in the parc de la Tête d’Or. Pony rides, hothouses and rose gardens, see the animals in the zoo, have a go on a merry-go-round or do some pedalo on the water, and finish off with a delicious chocolate waffle. All the ingredients for a fun time with your family in the heart of Lyon.

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