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from the Hotel du Manoir

Tours and the Loire Valley

Located in the city centre, our hotel invites you to enjoy all the rich heritage of Tours and its environs. At less than 5 minutes on foot, you’ll be able to visit the Château de Tours with its historical Guise tower, the Musée des Beaux-Arts (art gallery) with its garden and fabulous collections and also the Saint-Gatien cathedral, a true masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Tours is one of France’s protected “Villes d'Art et d'Histoire” (“Towns of Art and History”), and you’ll equally be stunned by the district of Old Tours. Around the Place Plumerau, you’ll be able to admire the dozens of timber-framed medieval houses as you enjoy a drink on the terrace of one of the numerous cafés.

Then, enjoy nature in the city as you walk along the banks of the Loire with its many green spaces. In particular, discover the magnificent botanical garden with its orangery and its beautiful tropical greenhouses. In the evening, make the most of the nearby Vinci Conference Centre, just 3 minutes from the hotel. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy a whole range of shows. Tours is also the gateway to the Loire Valley with its famous fairytale castles. Visit Villandry, Amboise, Azay-le-Rideau and Chenonceau, to name but a few.

Enjoy a break in Tours

Château de Tours

On the shady banks of the Loire, the Château de Tours features remnants from across its history. What remains of the original fortress built in the 13th century is the Tour de Guise, a regal turret from which the castle’s residents could attack invaders.

Botanical garden

Between the Loire and Cher, the botanic garden is a lovely place to visit. On the south side, visit the arboretum where its range of beautiful, fragrant trees have made it an outstanding garden. There is also a petting zoo accessible to the public.

Musée des beaux-arts

In the former archbishop's palace located between the city’s château and station and 5 minutes on foot from the hotel, the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum) has an impressive collection of paintings. Its traditional French garden provides a lovely view of the cathedral.

Saint Gatien Cathedral

From its 13th century choir area to its façade of the 15th and 16th centuries, the city’s cathedral illustrates the evolution of Gothic architecture, but its crowning glory are its two Renaissance-era towers.

Place Plumereau

A pedestrian zone, this square is surrounded by beautiful 15th century timber-framed houses that alternate with stone buildings. On sunny days, take a seat at one of the café and restaurant terraces to watch the world go by.

Old Tours

Restored in the 1970s, Old Tours, centred around Place Plumereau, is an unmissable destination just a stone’s throw from the banks of the Loire. Wander down its ever-lively, traditional winding streets with its bustling shops.

Conference Centre

The Vinci International Conference Centre, designed by renowned architect Jean Nouvel, hosts countless concerts, dance shows, plays and musicals each year. As the name suggests, its large auditoriums also host business meetings.