Roman Ruins in Lyon, France

The Romans were a widespread civilization. I had studied them before but even I was in shock that their reaches included this seemingly quiet stronghold of France. Standing in 2,000 plus years of history feels surreal. Dirt and grass patches filled where people once walked. The stairs down towards center stage are as steep as they look. Take a moment to sit in one of the higher rows and breathe in the view of the city in the distance.

The Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière is set in the hillside adjacent to the ruins. It offers some artifacts recovered from the site and historical facts. If you have time, give it a visit.


Roman Ruins are accessible by walking up stairs or by tram (Funicular to Saint-Just, get off at Théatres romains).
Coordinates: 45.7604° N, 4.8200° E

Cost & Admission
Open April 15 to September 15, 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
September 16th to April 14h, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

€1.80 for tram ticket or included with "unlimited" passes.

The Ruins are free.

The Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière was free when I went, but admission is included in the Lyon City Card.

Nearby in Vieux Lyon.

Walking, seeing the views.
*Bonus, Birdseye view!

Again with the adorable tram. I love it! This one towards Saint-Just stops off midway to let you off at the Roman Amphitheatre. The site is usually empty enough for you to romp around and take pictures during any time of day.