History of the Grand Hôtel-Dieu Guided tours

Next departure on 30/01/2022 at 10:00

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Guided tours Bellecour
Tour proposed by Lyon tourisme et Congrès

From medicine to leisure

The Grand Hôtel-Dieu, one of Lyon’s oldest hospitals, reopened to the general public in the spring of 2018 to reveal its spaces following large-scale renovation works that lasted four years.

From its foundation to its restoration, explore the building’s five inner courtyards, which reveal its architectural evolution from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, as well as its successive uses and future plans.

Now dedicated to leisure and open to the city, this historical monument has marked generations of Lyon’s residents. Its imposing façade on the banks of the Rhône was originally designed to impress visitors arriving from the left bank.

Relive the development of medicine through amazing anecdotes and the careers of great men who contributed to the life of this iconic part of Lyon’s identity.

NB: This visit doesn't include access to the Chapel or the Grand Dôme.

Worth knowing

Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences.
Booking is necessary online or at +33(0)4 72 77 69 69
Cancellation free of charge 72 hours before schedule activity
Children and minors remain under the responsibility of their parents during this visit. The participation of an adult is mandatory for each reservation

Health and safety commitments

In order to ensure the safety of our visitors, all tours provided by ONLYLYON Tourism have been adapted with routes that enable physical distancing and compliance with applicable health regulations:

  • Group limited according to the standards in force
  • The guide and all participants aged 11 and above must wear a mask at all times
  • A distance of 1 metre must be maintained between participants
  • Our guides are equipped with a hygiene kit
  • Our guides alone make contact with objects (doors, light switches, etc.)
  • Out of respect for the inhabitants, we limit the passage in the traboules during the visit



Guided tour on foot


Metro A or D > Bellecour

Meeting point

In front of the Chapelle of the Grand Hôtel-Dieu, place de l’Hôpital - Lyon 2nd

Adults €7.00
From 8 to 18 & students €5.00
Children under 8 Free
With Lyon City Card Free

Doctor and bon vivant

François Rabelais, novelist and doctor, stayed in Lyon between 1532 and 1535 and practiced at the Hôtel-Dieu. Here, he published several medical works of reference as well as the novels Pantagruel and Gargantua, using a pen name.

Grand Hôtel-Dieu - crédit Vincent Ramet
Grand Hôtel-Dieu - crédit Vincent Ramet
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