NileGuide Expert Says:
This beautifully landscaped park should not be missed on a visit to Lyon. Mature lush greenery, cultivated flower gardens, an outdoor zoo and a romantic boating lake, all accessed via grand tree lined pedestrian walk ways that may leaving wishing you were accessorized with a parasol and 19th century perambulator.
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NileGuide Expert tip:
If you arrive at the park on a cold day; head to the park's tropical greenhouse to warm-up amidst the luscious palm trees.
Visitors entering the lovely Parc de la Tête d'Or may find it reminiscent of locations used in a multitude of English period dramas; in fact, the park design was inspired by traditional English gardens, but landscaped on a very grandiose scale. Covering 105 hectares, the park includes a large man-made boating lake, which covers roughly one quarter of the park area. The lake features an enigmatic island area which can be accessed using an underground tunnel (closed after 5pm), or used as a landing spot for boaters. The rest of the park includes large green spaces with mature flora, a zoo, botanic gardens and tropical greenhouses. Access to the park and all mentioned attractions (excluding boat hire) are provided free of charge. To experience the most enchanted entrance to Parc de la Tete d'Or, take a walk along the tree lined river Rhône and enter the park through the 'Enfant du Rhône' gate.