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Botanical garden

Close to our hotel in Tours

Known as the “Garden of France” for its outstanding parks and gardens, Touraine (the Tours region) is the ideal destination for garden lovers. Tours is no exception One of France’s greenest cities,Tours has a number of magnificent parks between the Loire and Cher rivers.There’s also the superb Botanical Garden of Tours, one of France’s finest, at just 30 minutes from the hotel. Created between 1831 and 1843 in a former humid zone, this wonderful park has a varied atmosphere, from its medicinal plant garden, its perennial garden, its garden of evolution and its themed garden which changes with the seasons, with magnolias, rhododendrons and Indian lilacs.

There’s also the arboretum, the grand orangery greenhouse and the grand greenhouse with its biodiversity collection, containing tropical plants and South African flowers. Finally, enjoy the different animal areas where you’ll be able to see numerous exotic creatures, including wallabies, emus, parrots and parakeets, as well as farm animals at the petting zoo, including donkeys, sheep, goats and rabbits. 

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The greenest city in France

Tourism in Tours

A member of the “Cités de la Gastronomie” network, listed as a protected “City of Art and History” and the gateway to the Loire Valley with its regal fairytale castles, Tours is a place to enjoy a gentle way of life surrounded by outstanding cultural heritage.  

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.

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.