Check out My Big and Comprehensive List of Lyonnais Parcs
I love Parks! And after visiting Parc de la Tête d’Or which I think is one of the best parks I have ever been to! I got into the mission to find all well as many as possible parcs which are in Lyon…cause i though if they have the amazing Parc de la Tête d’Or, then Lyon has a great potential in possessing other parks and gardens similarly beautiful! On top of that, parks are a great place to spend quality time with others. It’s a place for family and friends, a great socializing area with friends, a perfect place for a date, walk and chat with the best friend, bike ride, sun bathing, book reading, music listening, resting and picnic…so whatever your preferences and likes are I thought it will be handy for you and me to have a list of the top Lyonnais Parks to explore. I know i will be coming back to Parc de la Tête d’Or as much as I can…but i also like new places to discover….so I found them and here you are A Pretty Comprehensive and Big List of My Top Lyonnais Parcs to explore…
Some big Lyonnais Parks:
- Parc de la Tête d’Or – Address: Place Général Leclerc, 69006 Lyon, Tél. 04 72 10 30 30. Located in the 6th arrondissement. It is the biggest French park! It covers 117 hectares. It’s not only the largest park but also the park that is full of surprises. It has a lake, a FREE Zoo, botanical garden, and rose-garden. There are many playgrounds, smallfairpark, kids theater etc. It offers many attractions such as renting a bike or mini boats to sail and kids can have a pony rides and a tour in the old-fashionedchoo-choo train.
- Parc de Gerland – Address: Allée Pierre de Coubertin, 69007 Lyon, Phone: 04 72 73 68 00. Located in the 7th th arrondissement, at the end of the Rhône banks promenade. It is smaller (covering 80 hectares) but also far less crowded and a bit modern than Parc de la Tête. Parc de Gerland has been created by Michel Corajoud during 1997 and 2002. The park consists of few parts and little gardens inside. There is a Skate Park de Lyon; which is utilized by the Skates Club and mainly kids. There are the “Megaphorbiaie” gardens with 18,000 plants including 300 different species, water-lilies, 600 trees and lawns. Another small green area in the park is called “Jardin Chromatique” (Colour Garden). Created by Laurent Fachard it offers the lighting of the vegetation until 10 pm! There is also the 3000 m² Bird Garden where you can admire many species of birds. Other attractions that the Park offers are the sound installations by Pierre Alain Jaffrennou, “Animots” and the Maison des Fleurs. The House of Flowers islocated on the Iris path and it is a 400 m² villa which provides you with info and the workshops of gardening classes. Interestingly, the park has the largest “Fog System” in the world. It is a system that creates a fine mist.
- Le Parc Sergent Blandan – Address: L 37 Rue du Repos, 69007 Lyon; Phone: 04 72 77 69 69. Located in the at 7th th arrondissement covering 17 hectares. It consists of many areas which are different in the atmosphere they will offer to the visitors and different experience. There is a wooded area with benches, there is also a skate park, separated green spaces for games and picnics, a big play area where you can try to climb up the wall or follow the secret passages and lastly the large esplanade which cannot be missed. Interestingly, this park has built on the site of former army barracks which come from the old fort.
- Le Parc du Vallon – Address: 227 Avenue du Plateau, 69009 Lyon; Phone: 04 37 49 73 9. Located in the at 9th arrondissement it covers the area of 11 hectares. It’s quite new it has been open to people just in the spring 2014. But it is one of the largest Lyonnais parks, actually it is the 4th largest Park of Lyon. It is a typical green park that offers many spots for relax and waking. Its landscape is unique, not only because it’s located on the hill of La Duchère. But also it has many different landscape elements which are accumulated in a one place. There is a forest in the south part and a huge meadows crossed by a stream in the center and a public park to the north.
Some Lyonnais Green Gems
- Le Parc Chambovet – Address: 14-16-18 rue Chambovet 69003 Lyon. Located in the at 3rd arrondissement and covering the 5,2 hectares. It is a type of park where everyone can find something for themselves. There is a playground for kids called “FortChambovet”, there are 2 areas reserved for dogs, There are spaces to do your fitness and play table ping-pong. There is an “Association ParcChambovet” which is an organization that looks after the park and organizes some park entertainments.
- Le Parc de la Cerisaie – Address: 25 rue Chazière, 69004 Lyon; 04 72 69 47 60. Located in the 4th arrondissement, in the famousCroix-Rousse and covering the 4,5 hectares. The Park of the Cherry Orchard is an urban park full of children’s playgrounds, lawns and benches, a fitness area and many paths ideal for walking. Interesting, the park has a sculpture trail, and you can admire the works fromCésarBaldaccini,GéraldMartinand, Jean-PierreRaynaud,Geneviève Dumont,Gérard Michel, MarkusRaetz, BernardPagès, Alain Lovato,Takis and UlrichRückriem.
- Le Parc Saint-Clair – Address: Chemin de Wette Faÿs, 69300 Caluire-et-Cuire; Téléphone : 04 78 98 80 80. Located in theCaluire-et-Cuire, on the right bank of the Rhone, opposite the Cite Internationale. It covers an area of 4 hectares. Interestingly to say is that the park exists in the form of a walk with an access to the river. Ithas been designed by architect Alain Provost and founded jointly by the Lyon Urban Community and the Rhône General Council. There is a future project in place which will join the two banks of the river and give an access to the park of the Tête d’Or. What is wonderful about this park it is the fact that the Parc Saint – Clair has an amazing Botanical Rose Garden. This garden has been created in September 2011 by the City ofCaluire etCuire and the French Society of Roses. The Saint-Clair botanicalrose garden displays most of roses families, including wild roses and the first domesticated roses. It has 150 plots and it presents 100 species of wild roses out of the 130 wild worldwide species. Itis spread on 400 metres and covers 1500 m² area. It is an amazing representation of the natural biodiversity available in the Northern Hemisphere. You will find there the genus Rosa and the other special rose species that make it a unique place and one of the major rose garden in Europe. So follow a nice walk over 1 km path and explore the creative design of the rose garden, admire the beauty of wild roses and enjoy their enchanting fragrances…
- Le Parc Bazin – Address: 16 avenue des Acacias, 69003 Lyon. Located in the at3th arrondissement and covering the area of 2,1 hectares. Itis called Bazin Park or Parc des Acacias. The parkhas been named after Mr. Bazin who has been a famous historian. He lived in the neighborhood and died in 1980. t is a simple park ideal for kids as it offers many playing areas with a water slide, rocking horse, a bowling green, spacious lawns. There are also table tennis tables as well as picnic tables. Interestingly, the dogs are forbidden in the park butdont worry there is a dog park located next to the entrance.
- Le Parc des Hauteurs – Address: Esplanade de Fourvière, 69005 Lyon; Phone: 04 72 77 69 69. Located in the at 5th arrondissement between the Montée de l’Ang, metal tower of Fourvière and the Loyasse cemetery; Parc des Hauteurs has a nice footbridge with the views towards the Monts d’Or and Beaujolais. It offers you an amazing views over various parts of Lyon. What is special about the park is that except of the fact that this is in the centre of Lyon it will offer you a calming relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. as well as an amazing amount of peace and quietness. It is not technically a single continuous park, but rather a collection of green spaces all around the Fourvière. There are few interesting routes to follow, There is a former “Tramway des Macchabées” route and the 600 m “Quatre Vents” (Four Winds) footbridge on the Viaduct path. Following them will enable you to admire panoramic view of theSaône andCroix-Rousse. The parkwas designed by landscape architect MichelCorajoud. And interestingly, for the rose lovers, it includes theJardin duRosaire, located just under the Basilica.
- Jardin du Rosa Mir – Address: 87 Grande rue de la Croix-Rousse, 69004 Lyon. Locate in the 4th arrondissement and covers 400 m² area. The garden has been designed by Senis Mir (Spanish mason) and made from stone and seashells. Created between 1957 and 1983 it was dedicated to his mother Rosa Mir Mercader. It was awarded “20th Century Heritage” status. This garden now belongs to the city of Lyon. Jules Senis was born in Spain in Burjasot in the Valence region in 1913 and arrived in Lyon in 1951 with his wife and two sons, and started a masonry and tiling business in Croix-Rousse. The architectural structure is characterized by the places in Spain where Jules Senis had worked: the multicultural, republican Spain of the creator, the Alhambra of Grenada, the Basilica of Montserrat in Catalonia, the architect Gaudi, the ” builder” of Barcelona, creator of Güell Park and the Sagrada Familia.
Some Small Parks of Lyon
- Malrochet Pond and Garden – Address: avenue Paul Santy 69130 Écully. It covers 5,200 m² andhas been built in the 19th century. It is a lovely English Romantic-style garden with a pond.
- Le Parc de Montpellas – Address: 6 Place du Marché, 69009 Lyon; Phone: 04 72 19 81 81; Located in the at 9th arrondissement it covers 1,5 hectare. The parkis situated between riverSaône and the St Rambert, itis used for recreation and a nice walk down the hill and more exhausting walk up the hill. It offers beautiful views and the path through the woods and an open meadow. It used to be a private property butthe city of Lyon bought it in 1983.
- Le Jardin des Chartreux – Address: 36 cours Général Giraud, 69001 Lyon. Located in the at 1st arrondissement, it covers 1 hectare. It was created in the 1855. This landscaped park has three terraces, with rare species like beechpendula. It offers a great view of the Park of Heights and the Basilica Notre Dame deFourvière. When you follow the path it will lead you to the riverSaône. So this is a park more for a walking and admiring viewsrather then used for kids entertainment.
- Le Parc Francis-Popy – Address: 33 Rue Henri Gorjus, 69004 Lyon. Located in the at 4th arrondissement and covering the 0,8 hectare. The parkhas been named after the composer FrancisPopy who was born in this district. Le ParcFrancis-Popy is a wooded park with a rock decoration. There are two old houses, a wide tree-lined lawn and games for children in the south part of the park. There is a the club’s tennis courts situated on the north side.
- Le Parc des berges du Rhône – Address: Pont Pasteur, avenue Leclerc 69007, Lyon. Located in the at 7th arrondissement it covers 0,219 hectares and spreads across 5km of the Berges du Rhône. During 2006-07 the banks of the Rhônehave been converted from the car parking to a landscaped leisure space for pedestrians and cyclists andnowadays it has been properly used for walking, lunch picnics, relaxing & reading on the banks, fitness, cycling and running activities. There are many playgrounds for kids and many boats restaurants to visit. What is more itis being used for events and festivals happening throughout the year. But importantly, it encourages the environment-friendly mobility, as it is a great alternative to commute within Lyon without a car or bus but by walking, running, using the bike.
- Le Jardin des Curiosités – Address: 9 Place de l’Abbé Larue, 69005 Lyon. Located in the at 5th arrondissement it covers 0,6 hectare. It is a small garden hidden in the bottom of a car park, behind a metallic door. It was designed by Canadian artists and inside the park you can admire 6 sealed chairs designed by French-Canadian sculptor Michel Goulet. The park offers a great view over the south part of Lyon with the panorama with the Saone river at the bottom of the hill and the Mont Blanc in the background. What is interesting, is the fact that this park is also known as “Jardin de Montréal” because it wasa present from Montreal city to celebrate the 20th anniversary ofcooperation with Lyon.
- Rives de Saône – Address: Sud du quai Rambaud Quartier Confluence 69002, Lyon. Located in the 2nd arrondissement , It is a walking park located between Île Barbe and the city centre . The banks of theSaône are especially pretty and ideal for a walk, a sit-down or sunbathing. The park includes 13 acres of ponds and more than 3,000 trees of local species. The banks of riverSaône are still being transformed into wide promenade for pedestrians and cycle and eventually the park will cover more than 14 hectares.
- Jardin Archéologique Saint Jean – Address: 17 rue Cléberg, Lyon; Tel 04 78 25 74 44. Located just next to the St Jean cathedral in theVieux Lyon, it is a small garden which presents the remains of the religious buildings which occupied the site before the cathedral.
- Le jardin du musée Des Confluences – Address: 86 quai Perrache, 69002 Lyon – France; Téléphone: 04 28 38 11 90. Located in the 2nd arrondissement it covers almost 24 hectares. It is the green space which offers a unique view of the south of Lyon. It is located next tothe confluence of the two Lyonnais rivers and offer many walking and resting spots.
- Parc Chabrières – Address: 44 Grande rue 69600 Oullins. Located just at the northern entrance of Oullins, it is a beautiful wooded area and has several curious symbols including a vegetable and flowers garden and iriseraie. The”Jardin symbols” represents the wildflower spaces. There is many playgrounds for kids in the park. It is just in the 1929 the parkhas been bought by the city and become a public park. It can be access through 3 entrances. So look for the 44 High Street, or the bridge of the boulevard Emile Zola and the rue LionelTerray.
- Jardin du Musée des Beaux-Arts – Address: 20 place des Terreaux 69001 Lyon. Located in the 1st arrondissement, next to theTerreaux and inside the Museum of the Fine Arts. It is tiny classic garden of 1200 m² which hasbeen build at the end of the 19th century. There is a lovely fountain in the centre and a small statue of Apollo, god of the arts and many banks to sit down and think about the art…beautiful & relaxing;
- Parc Montel: Address: 30 Rue du Bourbonnais, 69009 Lyon. Located in the 9th arrondissement, it is a park with a lovely pond. In 1969 the park has beenaquired bythe city of Lyon from theBlanchisseriesLyonnaises. By walking the park’s alleys you can admire the interesting trees such as the Turkish hazel, cut-leaf European beech and several particularly beautiful plane trees
- Mur Végétal – not quite a park but the highest self-standing wall in France: Address: rue Francis de Préssensé 69100 Villeurbanne; It is 17 m high and 14 m wide and it covers 250 m² of the wall with the 11,000 plants and more than 30 species such as geraniums, ivy, crocuses just to name a few. What is more the variety of plant species are being changed every season. The green wall is important as its contribute to the animal and plant biodiversity. It was created in 2010 by Canevaflor.
I hope you liked the list and found it useful. Keep it handy when spending time in Lyon! If you know of any other park in Lyon or near by worth visiting, please do share with me! I would love to expand the list and never again has a boring Sunday ;-) as I do love spending Sunday afternoons in the park, do you?
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