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The bright, lively capital of the Loire Valley region is nestled between two rivers: the Loire and the Cher, with the picturesque Vieux Tours old quarter lying on the long, narrow peninsula. Brilliant modern architecture contrasts against an array of historic buildings, with an added bonus of fine food and wine famed all over France.

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Vieux Tours (Old Town)

The half-timbered medieval houses line lanes date from Roman times. At its heart, relaxed Place Plumereau, the centre of Tours’ nightlife, is filled to the brim with café tables.
Adresse: Place Plumereau, Tours

Cathedral St Gatien

The beautiful stained glass windows illuminate Cathedral St Gatien. This majestic building includes Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture, a real gem for everyone interested in architecture.
Adresse: Pl. de la Cathédrale, Tours

Cloister of la Psalette

In these lovely Gothic-Renaissance cloisters, an elaborate open-sided staircase spirals up to elegant galleries. The round tower alongside was part of the city’s Roman wall.
Adresse: 7 rue de la Psalette, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 47 05 19

Hôtel Goüin / Musée Archéologique

Hôtel Goüin / Musée Archéologique is home of a 15th-century silk merchant and a masterpiece of ornate, lavish Renaissance decoration inside and out. This is Tours’ main historical museum.
Adresse: 25 rue du Commerce, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 66 22 32

Musée du Compagnonnage

This unique museum deals with the history of craft guilds that represented rope makers, wood turners, clog makers and similar occupations. The museum was created in honour of fine workmanship. Right next to the museum you can find another museum about wine.
Adresse: 8 rue Nationale, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 61 07 93

Riverside walks

If you want to go out for a relaxing walk, the Loire is a great place to head for. You will find walkways alongside the river, perfect for pleasant and quiet walks beside the water.
Adresse: Loire, Tours

Musée des Beaux Arts

At Musée des Beaux Arts you can find works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Degas and Delacroix, all gathered here in the old Archbishops’ Palace. In the courtyard there is a 200-year-old tree and a 100-year-old stuffed circus elephant.
Adresse: 18 pl. F. Sicard, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 05 68 73

Jardin Botanique de Tours

Except for the greenhouses and lush greenery in the summer months, this Botanical Garden also houses a mini-zoo (which will surely delight the little ones), as well as many picnic-perfect areas.
Adresse: 35 Boulevard Tonnelle, Tours

Place Plumereau

Place Plumereau is a bustling Tours city square that comes alive in the evenings, when students flock to it and restaurants start getting filled with people. Dining options abound in and around the area.
Adresse: Place Plumereau, Tours

Hotel de Ville

Not at all a hotel, but rather Tours' City Hall, this imposing edifice is a must-see architectural landmark. Lit up by night, the building and the fountain complex next to it make for a somewhat magical sight.
Adresse: 3 rue des Minimes, Tours

Charles Barrier

Charles Barrier is a leading light in the region’s restaurant scene, with top quality seafood, the best local wines and superb desserts. You can find this gem on the Loire’s north bank.
Adresse: 101 ave de la Tranchée, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 54 20 39

Le Petit Patrimoine

This is one of the best in an Old Quarter street that is home to many inexpensive eating places with classic menus. The restaurant is very small with a pleasant atmosphere.
Adresse: 58 rue Colbert, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 66 05 81

Le Surya

If an Indian meal takes your fancy, this tandoori restaurant in Vieux Tours is inexpensive and has great food. A warm and welcoming place where you can enjoy your dinner to the soft traditional music played in the background.
Adresse: 65 rue Colbert, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 64 34 04

Le Roche Le Roy

Le Roche Le Roy is one of the classiest places in town. The restaurant is situated in a handsome 18th-century manor house with pretty gardens. The top chef serves high quality dishes.
Adresse: 55 rue St Avertin, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 27 22 00

La Deuvaliere

La Deuvaliere offers reasonably priced lunch menus. This popular restaurant is situated in an attractive old house. Here you can truly expect good value for money.
Adresse: 18 rue de la Monnair, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 64 01 57

La Maison des Halles

La Maison des Halles consistently delivers superb innovative French dishes, and is nearly impossible to get seated at without a reservation. Make sure to plan your visit in advance.
Adresse: 19 place des Halles, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 39 96 90


Nobuki is an excellent Japanese restaurant in the heart of Tours, with pre-set dinner menus available. Make sure to make a reservation in advance.
Adresse: 3 Rue Buffon, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 05 79 79


Vanne is a Korean restaurant that serves authentic Korean cuisine. The staff are very knowledgeable and make sure to introduce visitors to the Korean dining customs, as well as provide detailed information about the dishes on offer.
Adresse: 26 rue Georges Courteline, Tours
Telefon: +33 9 65 10 88 81

Leonard de Vinci

In the heart of the historic center of Tours, you will find this charming, small Italian restaurant where you can enjoy very large pasta portion accompanied with wine. The food is served by the friendly staff and the price is reasonable.
Adresse: 19 Rue Monnaie, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 61 07 88

Le Marche Gourmand

Le Marche Gourmand, a popular restaurant that fills up quickly so reservation is helpful. On the menu you will find French specialties which is served by the attentive staff.
Adresse: 27, rue du Grand-Marche, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 64 50 38

Au Temps des Rois

Au Temps des Rois is one of the most popular bars in Vieux Tours, with good atmosphere and music. Both young and old are welcome to this English decorated venue.
Adresse: 3 pl Plumereau, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 05 04 51
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 9am-2am

Les Relais d'Alsace

This popular mainstream brasserie is open seven days a week for food, drinks, and a convivial atmosphere. You will find this chain restaurant in city centre of Tour.
Adresse: 48 Rue Nationale, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 05 66 84
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–8:30pm

L'Annexe de l'Aubrac

L'Annexe is a bar and restaurant that serves “dishes of the day”. The menu also offers salads, grilled fish, and tasty desserts like chocolate cake and Crème Brûlée. If the day is nice and sunny, you can enjoy your food and drink on the large terrace.
Adresse: 9 Place Jean Jaurès, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 20 62 12
Åpningstider: Daily 7am–11pm

Brunch Et Gout Thé

This small place provides wide selections of teas. You will find all kinds of black teas, green teas and red teas. They also serve coffee and to accompany your drink there is always something sweet on the menu like cake or pastry.
Adresse: 19 Rue Jules Favre, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 60 98 46

Bagel Corner

Bagel Corner is located in the centre of the town. Here you can enjoy delicious bagels with Parma ham, mozzarella, and other tasty fillings accompanied with hot beverages. They also serve muffins and donuts if you have a sweet tooth.
Adresse: 13 Rue du Commerce, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 66 57 37

Grand Théâtre de Tours

If you feel like enjoying a night at the opera you should go to Grand Théâtre de Tours, one of the city’s principal venues. Here you can choose from a full programme throughout the year.
Adresse: 34 rue de la Scellerie, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 60 20 00

Cabaret Nello

Cabaret Nello is a dinner show that offers a real good time with glitzy entertainment. This will be an evening full of laughter and a place for you to enjoy dance shows and funny sketches.
Adresse: 3 Rue du Dr Herpin, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 39 12 11

Petit Faucheux

Another great venue that lets you enjoy music is the Petit Faucheux. This celebrated jazz venue hosts performers from around the country in a varied programme.
Adresse: 12 rue Léonard de Vinci, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 38 67 62

L'Epée Royale

Located in the lively Plumereau square, this bar is a popular haunt among locals. It is well-equipped for watching live sports and is open late into the night.
Adresse: 13 place Plumereau, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 34 05 79

La Guinguette de Tours sur Loire

La Guinguette is a beautiful riverside venue with a unique ambiance, open-air beer garden, and a stage that is frequented by live musicians.
Adresse: 111 Rue des Tanneurs, Tours
Telefon: +33 6 20 62 67 17
Åpningstider: Daily 11am–12am

Le Gambrinus

WIth its selection of over 120 varieties of beer, Le Gambrinus is a beer-lovers' paradise and is most certainly worth the detour from the Old Town center.
Adresse: 69 bis rue Blaise Pascal, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 05 17 00

Galerie Nationale

Galerie Nationale is an indoor shopping center located in the heart of the city centre and offers jewelers, perfumes and chic fashions. Here you should look for style, not just bargains.
Adresse: 72 Rue nationale, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 61 65 65

Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette is a celebrated upscale department store that can be found in most bigger cities in France. Anything your heart desires is at an arm's length here.
Adresse: 77 Rue nationale, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 31 28 28


Catimini sells super-chic toddler wear and is the place to go if you're looking to find the perfect gift for young parents.
Adresse: 72 Rue nationale, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 20 47 00
Åpningstider: Monday - Saturday: 10am- 7 pm, Sunday: closed

Nature et Découverte

Everything is nature-themed in this unusual boutique that will equip you with outdoor exploration gear as well as nature-themed items (even if you're not exactly planning to head into the wild anytime soon).
Adresse: 25 Rue nationale, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 70 27 70

Rue Colbert

Cutting across rue Nationale, historic rue Colbert, mainly pedestrianized, has an attractive array of small shops, including many specialist stores. For antiques and artwork, visit parallel rue de la Scellerie.
Adresse: Rue Colbert, Tours

Les Halles Market

There are several markets in Tours. The main one, at Les Halles, the covered market at the edge of Vieux Tours, takes place daily and sells all sorts of fresh produce.
Adresse: Place Gaston Paillhou, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 39 04 89
Åpningstider: Daily 7.30am-12.30pm

Rue Nationale

Rue Nationale is the main commercial artery of the city, where most department stores, shops and boutiques are concentrated. It is in fact one of the oldest streets and for sure the busiest shopping street in the city of Tours.
Adresse: Rue Nationale, Tours

Aeroport de Tours-Val de Loire

The small, modern Aeroport de Tours-Val de Loire is located on the edge of the city, 7 kilometers from the center. If you would like to rent a car you will find several car rental companies here. There is a shuttle bus running between the airport and the city center. If flying to and from London, by far the easiest and quickest way into town is on the shuttle bus for London passengers. It runs to the railway station in Tours city center. You can alternatively take a taxi which is available outside the airport terminal.
Adresse: Aeroport de Tours-Val de Loire, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 49 37 00

Public transport

Vieux Tours is small and can easily be discovered by foot. From morning until night, the Fil Blue public buses serve all the main streets in Tours. On some roads service continues all night. Tickets and cards can be bought from the bus driver or the Fil Blue shop. Tours has also a modern tram system which allows for easy and inexpensive access to major landmarks. Tickets can be bought from the ticket machine which are located at the tram/bus station.
Adresse: 9 rue Michelet, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 66 70 70


Taxis display a yellow sign on the roof. They can be hailed, phoned or picked up at cab ranks around town. Fares are metered by distance, journey time and time of day. Tips are optional. Taxi Jacques +33 6 720 242 06 Taxi Plus +33 2 47 39 51 66 Taxis Tours:
Telefon: +33 2 47 20 30 40


Look for the yellow and blue sign to find a post office. You can buy stamps from kiosks and newsagents. Main post office:
Adresse: 1 bd Béranger, Tours
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 8.30 am-6.30 pm. Sat 9 am-5 pm. Note that opening hours vary depending on the season.


On the door of any pharmacy a list shows which pharmacy is on night duty. The list is also available from the police office. Pharmacie du Grand Marché:
Adresse: 37 Place du Grand Marché, Tours
Telefon: +33 2 47 38 61 36
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 8 am-7.30 pm. Sat 8 am-7 pm


Country code: +33 Area code: 0247


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