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Tours Office de tourisme
78-82 rue Bernard Palissy Tours
37000

Tel:+33 (0)2 47 70 37 37
Fax:+33 (0)2 47 61 14 22

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Tours is one of the most appealing cities of the Loire and supposedly where the purest French in spoken.  It has a cosmopolitan, prosperous feel to it with wide boulevards, public gardens, a well restored historic centre and a thriving student population.

Place Plumereau is in the heart of the medieval centre and one of the city's most interesting areas.  Here you'll find cafés, chic boutiques, museums and art galleries.  Half timbered houses and courtyards are found just a step away in Rue Briconnet with Gallo-Roman remains and a Romanesque church in Place St- Pierre-le-Puellier. 

There are many reasons to visit Tours including the opportunity to sample some of the crisp white Vouvray and Montlouis wines and explore the region's castles such as Chenonceau, Langeais and Villandry!

Sightseeing Tours In Tours

What to See - Tours Attractions

Château d'Usse
Usse, SW of Tours,
a romantic, fairy-tale château overlooking the river Indre
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mid Feb - Mid Nov:daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 95 54 05

Château de Langeais
Langeais, SW of Tours,
a superb château built for defense purposes by Louis XI
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 96 72 60

Chateau de Moncontour
Route de Moncontour, Vouvray, 37400
monks first inhabited Moncontour in the 4th-century planting vines here. It's now a museum dedicated to wine-making
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 52 60 77

Château d'Azay-le-Rideau
Azay-le-Rideau, S of Tours,
called a "multi-faceted diamond" by Balzac this superb Château is a must on the list of Loire attractions
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep: daily; Oct-Mar: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 45 42 04

Château de Villandry
Villandry, SW of Tours,
the last great Renaissance Château built in the Loire Valley - a true gem!
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Feb-Mid Nov: daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 50 02 09

Château de Tours
25 quai d'Orleans, Tours 37000
a tropical aquarium is housed here
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 64 29 52

Château de Chaumont
Chaumont,
a feudal château with superb views over the river Loire more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 54 51 26 26

Basilique St-Martin
rue Descartes, Tours 37000
Tour's glitzy pseudo-Byzantine church
| Opening Times: Daily

Loches
S of Amboise on river Indre, 37400
a medieval village with cobbled streets and feudal chateau
| Admission charge

Musee du Compagnonnage
8 rue Nationale, Tours 37000
a guild musuem which displays local crafts including sculpting and horseshoeing
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mid Jun-Mid Sep: daily; Wed-Mon (Sep-Jun) | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 61 07 93

Musee des Vins de Touraine
16 rue Nationale, Tours 37000
visit the 13th century wine cellars of Abbaye St-Julien
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mid Jun-Mid Sep: daily; Wed-Mon (Sep-Jun) | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 61 07 93

Caveau des Vignerons d'Amboise
inside chateau walls opp 42 place Michel Debre, Amboise 37400
an opportunity to taste red, white & rose wine plus Touraine Cremant de Loire (a sparlking wine a lot like Champagne)
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 57 23 69

Cathedrale St-Gatien
Place de la Cathedrale, Tours 37000
a pastiche of architectural styles make up this spectacular cathedral
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily

Hotel Gouin
25 rue du Commerce, Tours 37000
Tour's history & archaeological musuem housed in the Renaissance home of a former silk merchant
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 66 22 32

Château de Chinon
Chinon, 37500
a huge medieval fortress once favoured by the Plantagenet Kings more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mar - Oct: daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 93 13 45

Chateau d'Amboise
Place Michel Debre, Amboise 37400
the much loved chateau of Charles VIII who extended it in 1492 to fall in line with Italian style & luxury more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 57 00 98

Musee des Beaux Arts
18 Place Francois Sicard, Tours 37000
is set in an 18th century archbishop's palace with worthy paintings by Mantegna taken from Italy by Napoleon
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 05 68 73

Musee anime du Vin
12 rue Voltaire, Chinon 37500
an interesting insight into how wine and wine barrels are made including tasting of course!
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Easter - Sep: daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 93 25 63