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Old Tours

A 15 minute walk from our hotel

Near the banks of the Loire at 15 minutes from the hotel, Old Tours is the perfect place to go right back in time to the Middle Ages. Somewhat overlooked up until the 1960s, this magnificent district has regained its former glory thanks to a series of public renovation policies.

As you wander its winding, narrow streets, you’ll be charmed by the beauty of its timber-framed houses and by the elegance of its private townhouses dating back as far as the 14th century, including those belonging to the Dukes of Burgundy and Beaune-Semblançay, as well as Jean Galland. There’s also the house that once belonged to Tristan l’Hermite, loyal advisor to Louis XI, and the Clock Tower and the Charlemagne Tower, remnants of the old Saint-Martin Collegiate church. Finally, for something to eat or drink after all that sight-seeing, visit Place Plumereau with its welcoming café terraces and restaurants.

Discover Tours

Its historical districts and timber-framed houses

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.

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.

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.