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The history of le Vinatier - Nature in the service of mental health

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Last updated date : 15/06/2022

A history walk in the grounds of Le Vinatier hospital centre in Lyon-Bron.

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This guided tour will take you through the huge landscaped grounds of the former mental asylum of Le Vinatier, which opened in 1876 and is now a hospital centre dedicated to mental health.
It offers a chance to learn about the history of psychiatry, from its origins to the present day, through the example of this institution in Lyon.
The walk will allow you to discover how asylums were managed in the nineteenth century, as well as the major changes that occurred during the twentieth century with the development of treatments and the arrival of antipsychotics in the post-war era.
You will be astonished by the size and charm of this verdant, history-filled site, which is little-known by locals. Do not be surprised to see pygmy and Alpine goats, vines and various species of hundred-year-old trees.
The tour ends at La Ferme, the asylum’s former farm, which is now the home of the hospital’s cultural centre.
It is a wonderful opportunity to take a walk in the extraordinary setting of one of the city’s most magnificent green spaces!
This tour is suitable for ages 12 and above.

Practical information


95, boulevard Pinel - 69500 Bron




Adult: 15 €.

Free entry for children < 8 years.

Free with Lyon City Card.


All year round, daily except on January 1st and December 25th.

Tours and workshops

The history of le Vinatier - Nature in the service of mental health

Le Vinatier

95, boulevard Pinel - 69500 Bron

+33 (0)4 72 77 69 69

I go by alternative transportation

Metro A > Hôtel de Ville - Louis Pradel

This activity is included in the Lyon City Card!

The essential tourist and cultural pass to make the most of your stay in Lyon!