What to visit in and around Tours?

Tours is a promising destination because of its artistic and historical wealth. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Val de Loire.

Its tufa houses, half-timbered houses, museums, famous castles and gastronomy are just a few of the things that make it worth a visit. We tell you here what to visit in and around Tours:
Saint Gatien Cathedral

Saint Gatien was the first bishop of the city. The cathedral that bears his name is an integral part of the history of Tours. Its construction began in the 13th century and was not completed until the 16th century.

This visit will be an opportunity to discover the different architectural styles grouped together in the same place, but also to visit the tomb of the sons of King Charles VIII.

The Basilica of Saint Martin is also an exceptional religious building if you are looking for something to visit in and around Tours. It must be said that it was an important sanctuary of Christianity in the past.
The Museum of Fine Arts

It is the best place in Tours to immerse yourself in art and culture. Numerous works of art from different centuries are preserved here, along with temporary exhibitions that are also worth seeing.
The banks of the Loire and the historic centre

A leisurely stroll along the banks of the Loire will lead you to the Wilson Bridge, the oldest in the city, while enjoying an unforgettable view of the Loire.

You will continue to the historic centre of Tours to enjoy its liveliness and delicacies. The famous half-timbered houses of the city can be found on the Place Plumereau side.

Its small streets, old houses, charming restaurants, but also its covered market promise you the most beautiful atmosphere.

It will also be an opportunity to visit Olivier Debré's centre for contemporary creation.
The botanical garden

When looking for what to visit in and around Tours, you will certainly come across the botanical garden, the ideal place for outdoor walks to marvel at nature. In addition to the plant collections and greenhouses, there is also an area dedicated to animals.

Finally, to complete your visit to Tours and the surrounding area, you are only a few minutes away by car from the most famous vineyards of the Loire Valley.

These explorations will enrich your stay in our Mercure Tours Sud hotel, a haven of peace and relaxation to recharge your batteries between two visits.