Tours - Do & See
Tours, an ideal destination for lovers of historical and natural heritage, it is even classified as the "City of art and history". The city offers historical sites like Old Town, Cathedral St Gatien and amazing art from Rembrandt and Rubens which you can find in Musée des Beaux Arts. Here you can also take a romantic walk along the river Loire.
Vieux Tours (Old Town)
The half-timbered medieval houses line lanes date from Roman times. At its heart, relaxed Place Plumereau, the centre of Tours’ nightlife, is filled to the brim with café tables.
Cathedral St Gatien
The beautiful stained glass windows illuminate Cathedral St Gatien. This majestic building includes Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture, a real gem for everyone interested in architecture.
In these lovely Gothic-Renaissance cloisters, an elaborate open-sided staircase spirals up to elegant galleries. The round tower alongside was part of the city’s Roman wall.
Hôtel Goüin / Musée Archéologique
Hôtel Goüin / Musée Archéologique is home of a 15th-century silk merchant and a masterpiece of ornate, lavish Renaissance decoration inside and out. This is Tours’ main historical museum.
Musée du Compagnonnage
This unique museum deals with the history of craft guilds that represented rope makers, wood turners, clog makers and similar occupations. Right next to the museum you can find another museum about wine.
If you want to go out for a relaxing walk, the Loire is a great place to head for. You will find walkways alongside the river, perfect for pleasant and quiet walks beside the water.
Musée des Beaux Arts
At Musée des Beaux Arts you can find works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Degas and Delacroix, all gathered here in the old Archbishops’ Palace. In the courtyard there is a 200-year-old tree and a 100-year-old stuffed circus elephant.