The history of Le Vinatier: nature in the service of mental health Guided tours

Next departure on 16/12/2022 at 10:00

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

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.

Tour provided by ONLYLYON Tourisme et Congrès's tour guides


Worth knowing

Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes before the tour commences.
Booking is necessary online or at +33(0)4 72 77 69 69.
Cancellation free of charge 72 hours before schedule activity.
You will need to present proof of ID on the day of the tour.
Children and minors remain under the responsibility of their parents during this visit. The participation of an adult is mandatory for each reservation




Guided tour on foot


Metro D > Mermoz Pinel then Tram T6 > Vinatier

Meeting point

In front of Le Vinatier, 95 bd Pinel - 69500 Bron

Adults €15.00
From 8 to 18 & students €8.00
Children under 8 Free

The vineyards of the Vinatier

The name ‘Vinatier’ comes from the ten hectares of vines that were planted in the original rural estate before the asylum was built. Still today, six grape varieties are grown in the hospital grounds.

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This guided tour is included
with the
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