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Lyceum

Visit for free the Lyceum grove with the Athens City Pass and save € 30.

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The Lyceum is the place where the famous philosopher Aristotle founded his school in 355 BC and where he used to teach. Its remains were found in 1996 in a small park behind the Greek Parliament.

Opening hours Lyceum

November to March
Monday to Sunday: 08:00AM–03:00PM 

April to October
Monday to Sunday: 08:00AM–08:00PM

The archeological site of the Lyceum is open daily in the summer and the winter season alike. Its guests can visit the remains of the gymnasium and wrestling area next to which Aristotle founded its philosophical school. In the summer period when the opening hours are extended until 08:00PM visitors have the chance to prolong their stay on the site.  

Admission fee Lyceum

Unified ticket -Full: €30
Reduced: €15
Minors (under 18 years old) do not need to pay an admission fee.

Valid identity card or passport is needed to confirm the age.

Ticket Lyceum 

By ordering the Athens City Pass Complete, you have free access to the Lyceum. You will receive your ticket enclosed in the Athens City Pass package, at home before your trip or you can pick it up at our local pickup station, at Athens International Airport.

Address Lyceum

Address:
Rigillis 11
Athens 10675
Greece 

+30 213 2139572

Τhe area of the Lyceum is today a chic neighborhood of downtown Athens called Kolonaki. Kolonaki is known for its many high end boutiques and jewellery stores. Many museums and galleries are located in the vicinity. 

Directions Lyceum

Metro line 3 to Evaggelismos
Bus line 054, 100, 203, 204, 220, 221, 224, 235, 608, 622, 732, 815, X14, X95, A5 or E14 to Rigillis
Bus line 250 to Evagelismos
Bus line 450 or 550 to Ethniko Idrima Erevnon
Bus line 060 or 022 Loukianou
Trolley line 3, 7, 8 or 13 Rigillis
Trolley line 10 to Ethniko Idrima Erevnon 

You can reach the Lyceum easily with the metro. Get off at Evaggelismos station and follow the exit that says Vasilissis Sofias Ave./Rizari Str. Pass by the War Museum and the Byzantine & Christian Museum and turn left at Rigillis street where the entrance of the Lyceum is located inside a small park.

Note: Greek buses do not have an announcement board for the stops. We advise you to ask the driver to notify you when approaching your stop.  

Highlights Lyceum

  • The location of Aristotle’s philosophical school
  • Situated within an idyllic park
  • See the remains of the gymnasium and wrestling area
  • Free entry with the Athens City Pass

Special conditions of use

You can profit from free and priority entrance to the Lyceum with the Athens City Pass Complete. 

The site is closed on the following days: Jan. 1st, Mar. 25th, May 1st, Easter Sunday (Greek Easter), Dec. 25th/26th. 

Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time. 

Nearby Lyceum

The Lyceum was found in a small park behind the Greek parliament, in the very heart of the Greek capital. Next to it is the Byzantine and Christian Museum maybe the most important institution concerning the Byzantine period. The Parliament, the National Gardens and the Temple of Olympian Zeus are located within a short walking distance from the Lyceum. We recommend that you combine your visit to the Lyceum with an excursion to Kolonaki. 

History Lyceum and Aristotle

The Lyceum was originally a temple dedicated to Apollo Lyceus. It got famous because the ancient greek philosopher Aristotle used to teach while walking around the temple. In 335/4 he founded there his Peripatetic philosophical school. He taught there for 12 years, the most productive of his life. Before him other philosophers had also taught there, like Socrates, Plato and Isocrates. 

The Athens City Pass Complete entitles you to free access to Lyceum with priority entrance. Simply, buy it online.