All year long
If you are visiting with the family, a walk in this park is a must. The Parc de la Tête d'Or or "park of the golden head" certainly has a strange name. Legend has it that some treasure which includes a golden head of Christ is hidden somewhere in the park. Extending over 117 hectares, this is the largest park within an urban area in France.
It is said that in 1856 a former weaver from Lyon working on the construction of the park discovered the treasure, but that his jealous co-workers made off with it. Christ, saddened by the greed of men, wept a giant lake engulfing the treasure once more and rendering the legend eternal.
The landscape artist Denis Bülher began the construction of this park in 1856. Little by little, the lake and its banks, the endless avenues of (now ancient) trees, the zoo and the botanical gardens took shape. The four rose gardens began to bloom in the 1960s.
This green space will delight the whole family and makes an ideal trip with the kids. You will find boats, a mini train, pony rides, a carousel, mini karting, swings and pedalos… Or perhaps you'd rather lie on the grass and enjoy a picnic?
Adults will enjoy strolling in the botanical gardens and beside the ancient trees, or wandering among the perfumed paths of the rose garden.
Metro line A – station Masséna
Bus C1 stop Parc Tête d'or
Some trains to Lyon are part of the Train+ vélo operation allowing you to take your bike on the train and continue by bike
Admission prices :
Information on 04 72 69 47 60
Zoological park open 9am -5pm (winter) and 9am - 6.30pm (summer), entry free of charge
Botanical park open 9am - 11.30am and 1.30pm - 4.45pm, entry free of charge
You can hire a bike from the train station using the Vélo'v system, call 0800 08 35 68