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Culture of Tours. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Tours is of great interest to fans of sightseeing, as many ancient and medieval sights have survived in the city. The main symbol of Tours is the beautiful Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, the construction of which lasted for nearly three hundred years. This spectacular medieval building represents a unique combination of different architectural styles; the height of cathedral towers is 70 meters. The cathedral has retained many original elements, including elegant 13th-century stained-glass windows.
This picturesque city is situated on the bank of the Laura River. Due to a large number of cultural and historical monuments Tours has won the honorary title of City of History and Art. … Open
The rue Colbert is a real city attraction and a walk along will bring a lot of experience. A huge number of beautiful half-timbered houses usually photographed by travelers have remained here. The imposing architectural building - the Archbishop's Palace – is located next to the cathedral.
After touring historic sites visitors can stroll through the beautiful ancient garden; there is the famous Liban cedar on its territory. The height of this mighty tree is 33 meters and age is about two hundred years. One of the most visited cultural venues of the city - the Museum of Fine Arts – is in the garden too. Its collection is very diverse and will impress even those who haven’t shown much interest in the culture before. Copyright
This picturesque city is situated on the bank of the Laura River. Due to a large number of cultural and historical monuments Tours has won the honorary title of City of History and Art. … Open
Another important attraction of Tours is located on the Place Plumereau; we are talking about the old Basilica of Sant-Martn. Named after the patron saint the basilica attracts pilgrims and curious tourists from all over the world. The undisputed symbol of the city is the beautiful Plessy-les-Tours Castle housing the Museum of Wax. For 20 years it was the principal residence of Louis X. Many interesting legends and stories are associated with castle. There is also the tropical aquarium, which introduces the diversity of inhabitants of the underwater world.
tours In the vicinity of Tours there is a number of interesting historical sites, including ruins of the ancient amphitheater and fortifications, ruins of buildings dating back to the Roman Empire and many interesting natural attractions.
In the section below, you can get one of our excursion, activities or city discovery tours over Tours and surroundings. Our website offers 10-30% lower ticket prices, when compared to the offline purchase on the spot.

City tours, excursions and tickets in Tours and surroundings

What to visit during two-day excursion in Tours

Vieux Tours (Old Town)
Where: Between pl. des Halles and rue Nationale, Tours;
Cathedral St Gatien
Where: pl. de la Cathédrale, Tours; Telephone: +33 (0)2 47 47 05 19;
La Psalette
Where: 7 rue de la Psalette, Tours; Telephone: +33 (0)2 47 47 05 19;
Hôtel Goüin / Musée Archéologique
Where: 25 r. du Commerce, Tours; Telephone: +33 (0)2 47 66 22 32;
Musée des Beaux Arts
Where: 18 pl. F. Sicard, Tours; Telephone: +33 (0)2 47 05 68 73;
Musée du Compagnonnage
Where: Cloître St Julien, 8 r. Nationale, Tours; Telephone: +33 (0)2 47 61 07 93;
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Public palaces near Tours
♥   Palace 'Château de Villandry' , 13.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Château d’Azay-le-Rideau' , 21.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Château d’Amboise' , 23.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Château de Chenonceau' , 29.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Château d’Ussé' , 33.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Château de Chaumont' , 39 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Château de Blois' , 53.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Tours and around
♥   Art museum 'Musée des Beaux-Arts' Tours, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Tours
♥   Cathédrale Saint-Louis, Blois, 54.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilique Notre-Dame de la Trinité, Blois, 54.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathédrale Saint-Julien, Le Mans, 78.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Tours and near

Chateau d Amboise

From the series “The greatest France castles ”
The medieval fortress is a real storehouse of historical and cultural values today. The atmosphere of past centuries was recreated in its halls. Visitors to the castle can see a unique collection of antique furniture, admire the interiors characteristic of different eras, and also see unique medieval tapestries and paintings. The Chapel of St. Hubert is also preserved on the castle grounds. It was built in the 15th century. You can admire the ancient bas-reliefs and stained glass windows in it. … Read further

Chateau de Chenonceau

From the series “Impressive Castles and Palaces Located on Water”
Later, the castle of Diana de Poitiers - the famous mistress of Henry II, whom the king had given the castle. The distinguished lady was famous for her beauty and, despite her considerable age, looked incredibly young and attractive. Katharina Medici and Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont, the wives of Henry III. Were the next owners of the old castle. The last noble owner was Madame Dupin, the wife of the rich banker. The wonderful 'Castle of the Ladies' has received the unique historical charm. In his rooms the equipment was restored. In one of the large halls is the museum of wax figures. … Read further
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Culture guide to Tours. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Tours: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Tours. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info! - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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