Tours seduces travellers with its unfalteringly familiar culture, woven around cafe terraces and lace-curtained bistros with their "Plat du Jour" (dish of the day) chalked on the board.
The museum of Beaux-Arts de Tours is located in the bishop's former palace, near the cathedral St. Gatien. It displays rich and varied collections, including that of painting which is one of the first in France both in quality and the diversity of the works presented.
The Botanic gardens of Tours are exquisite botanical gardens and arboretum, it was first established by a pharmacist Jean-Anthyme Margueron and is the oldest public garden in the city. It has almost 2000 medical and exotic plants arranged in greenhouses.
And do not leave before seeing Place Plumereau, the heart of Old Tours, in one of the largest conserved urban areas in Europe, where cafes and restaurants sit beneath and mansions and half-timbered houses from the 15th century, alongside the beautiful Romanesque and Renaissance façades.
Access by train
The train station is located in the town center, The average journey time by train between London St-Pancras and Tours is 6 hours and 13 minutes, with around 12 trains per day.
Access by plane
Tours Airport also known as : Tours Val de Loire Airport, is a small airport with only a few destinations and one domestic flight available.
How to get around Tours ?
You will be able to walk around Tours city center easily, but if you wish to visit the suburb or the Loire Valley castles the bus network in Tours is one of the best in France and many people think that Tours needs no subway or tram because of the very good bus service.