La Maison des Canuts and the slopes of the Croix-Rousse area Guided tours

Next departure on 02/02/2022 at 10:00

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Guided tours Croix-Rousse
Tour proposed by Lyon tourisme et Congrès

La Maison des Canuts in the heart of the weaving district relates five centuries of the history of silk making in Lyon...

Croix-Rousse, a historic area in Lyon known for its industrious silk weaving activity, reveals its secrets. During this tour, a visit to La Maison des Canuts, a former silk weaving workshop, is the ideal place to discover five centuries of silk weaving in Lyon: in the workshop, you will see a draw loom which inspired Jacquard to invent his famous loom, on which you will witness a demonstration of silk weaving.

Everything is here: you'll learn how the craftsmen worked, from the breeding of silk worms to the creation of magnificent Genoa brocades and velvets, and about the considerable contribution made by the canuts to the present-day textile industry in the Rhône-Alpes area.

Then follow your guide and retrace the footsteps of 19th century canuts through the narrow streets and stairways in the Croix-Rousse area to Place des Terreaux. These slopes are full of the eventful history of the 19th century silk industry, from the Revolution to the subsequent industrial period.

Good to know

Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences
Booking is necessary
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
  • The sanitary pass will be required during this visit
  • 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

2 hours


Guided tour on foot


Métro C > Croix-Rousse

Meeting point

In front of the metro exit, Place de la Croix-Rousse - Lyon 4th

Adults €13.00
Children under 8 Free
With Lyon City Card Free

Canut and Bistanclac!

A "canut" is someone who works with a spool (a wooden reel of thread with a metal tip). As this tool struck the loom, a clangour that sounded like "bistanclac-pan" rang out, an onomatopoeia soon adopted by the inhabitants of Lyon to refer to Jacquard weaving looms.

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