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Tours Cathedral

5 minutes from our charming hotel.

Classed as an historic monument for more than 150 years, Saint-Gaetien Cathedral is easily one of Tours’ architectural treasures. Located in the city centre just 5 minutes from our hotel, it was built between 1170 and 1547 on the site of a former 4th century shrine. Its façade has some of the best examples of flamboyant Gothic architecture, with its rich décor and its soaring towers.

Even before you enter, prepare to be stunned by the grandeur and detail of the many sculptures adorning the arched windows. As you enter the cathedral, you’ll be dazzled by the nave with its eight spans. Inside, admire one of Europe’s best collections of stained glass windows and its remarkable features dating back to the 13th century like the choir area and ambulatory. You’ll also be able to discover the grandiose organ cabinet and the superb tomb of the “Enfants de France” (Children of France), a Carrara marble memorial where the two young sons of Charles VIII and Anne of Brittany were laid to rest.

In summer, the cathedral is lit up for a light and sound show in what is a magical experience.

Discover the centre of Tours

Its unique light and character

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.

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.

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.