Select Dates
Choose dates
Recent Searches
Things to do in Tours

Things to do in  Tours

Welcome to Tours

As the western gateway to the Loire Valley there are plenty of things to do in Tours, which is also a strategic basecamp for exploring the region's fairy-tale châteaux and vine-clad slopes. Storybook scenery awaits in the medieval quarter, where the artful jumble of half-timbered buildings and cobbled lanes host lively street markets and terrace cafés. The mighty Loire River is the lifeblood of the town, and the tree-lined promenade is the spot for afternoon strolls and evening dining. Meanwhile, daily tours set out for Chenonceau, Villandry, and the Loire Valley wineries.

Top 2 attractions in Tours

Tours Old Town

The old city center of Tours, called Old Town (Vieux Tours), is one of medieval-era winding streets, quaint shops, a bustling square (Place Pumereau) with cafes and restaurants and half-timbered homes that date back to the 14th century. With so much to see here, it's a wonder that the city had at one point slated to tear it all down in favor of a grid street system!Don't miss the St Gatien Cathedral, the weekly market in Place Jean Jaurès or the garden of the Musée des Beaux-Arts. This is where a cedar tree planted by Napoleon Bonaparte sits, as well as a bizarre stuffed elephant from the 1903 circus that came through town.More

Chateau Gaillard

Take your place alongside royalty with a visit to Chateau Gaillard, one of the Loire Valley’s most celebrated palaces, commissioned by Charles VIII in 1496. The chateau is known for having some of the first Renaissance-style gardens in France, and today both its interior and grounds are open to visitors.More

Top activities in Tours

Loire Valley Day Tour Chambord and Chenonceau plus Lunch at a Private Castle
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Hot-Air Balloon Ride over the Loire Valley, from Amboise or Chenonceau
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Day Tour of Chateaux of Chenonceau, Chambord & Caves Ambacia from Tours/Amboise
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Loire Valley Day from Tours : Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry and 2 Vouvray Wineries
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Loire Valley Half Day with Villandry and Azay-le-Rideau Castles from Tours
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Loire Valley Day from Amboise : Azay le Rideau, Villandry and 2 Vouvray Wineries
Likely to Sell OutLikely to Sell Out
Best Tour Of Tours (1 hour)

Best Tour Of Tours (1 hour)

per group
Operators have paid Viator more to have their experiences featured here

People Also Ask

What is there to do in Tours?

Tours is a gateway to the Loire Valley, but don’t overlook it as a destination. The Loire’s châteaux may be spectacular, but the half-timber buildings of Tours are, too. The city has numerous museums, galleries, and a cathedral. A lovely way to see it is on a Loire boat trip.

Is Tours near Paris?

Yes, relatively speaking, Tours is near Paris. Tours is in West France, in the Loire. The fastest, high-speed train services take a little more than an hour, meaning you can visit on a day trip from Paris. The journey is around 150 miles (240 kilometers) by road.

How many days do you need in Tours?

Tours can keep visitors captivated for several days. It’s a great jumping-off point for visiting some Loire châteaux, but the city has its share of sights, too. There are multiple museums, and both the Fine Arts Museum and Museum of Compagnonnage (a trade and handicraft museum) are highlights.

What is there to do in Tours at night?

Tours is a university town with plenty to do at night. It’s more of a bar scene than all-night clubbing scene, but there are themed and LGBTQ+ clubs. Much of the nightlife happens close to the university. There’s also a theater and a cabaret club for evening entertainment.

Is Tours worth visiting?

Yes, anyone in this area of France should visit Tours. The historic city, a crossing point over the River Loire, was important in Gallic times. It was heavily bombed in World War II, but an influx of tourists and a high student population have helped return Tours to its glory.

Is Tours good for families?

Yes, there is plenty to do in Tours with children. Kids will love the boat trips down the River Loire, and the city gardens are crowd-pleasers. The Compagnonnage Museum, which specializes in trade and handicrafts, delights kids and adults alike. There’s also go-karting and escape games in town.


Tours information

Number of Attractions


Number of Tours


Number of Reviews



Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the top things to do in Tours?
The top things to do in Tours are:
What are the top activities in Tours?
What are the top things to do near Tours?
Check out things to do near Tours: