Tours Old Town Walk, Tours

The city of Tours has successfully preserved much of its medieval and Renaissance heritage. Most of these historic buildings and other sights are concentrated in the ancient village of Chateauneuf, now known as the Quartier Plumereau. Take our tour to see the best sights in this amazing area.
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Tours Old Town Walk Map

Guide Name: Tours Old Town Walk
Guide Location: France » Tours (See other walking tours in Tours)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
Author: Linda
Les Halles

1) Les Halles

The Les Halles is the biggest market in the city. It’s the best place in Tours to find fresh produce of all kinds including fruits, vegetables, fish and meats. You can also find delicious pastries and candies here.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:30 am - 7:30 pm; Sunday: 7 am - 1 pm
Place du Grand Marché

2) Place du Grand Marché

The Place du Grand Marché is located west of the former Abbey of Saint Martin. If you take a leisurely walk around this area you can see some beautiful examples of old houses, dating all the way back to the 15th Century. Look out for their unusual wood frames and interesting Gothic decorations.
Eglise Sainte Croix

3) Eglise Sainte Croix

Also on the Rue de Chateauneuf, next to the Logis Berthelot-Briconnet, you can find the former Holy Cross Church. This 13th Century edifice was built on the site of an even older monastery, founded in the 6th Century by Sainte Radegonde, wife of King Mérovingien Clotaire I.
Logis Berthelot-Briconnet

4) Logis Berthelot-Briconnet

Located at the corner of the Rue de Chateauneuf and the Rue du Change, this lodging house has seen many reconstructions since it was first built in the 15th Century. It once belonged to Jean Briconnet, Mayor of Tours, and his wife, Jeanne Berthelot, who were both from prominent local families.
Place de Chateauneuf

5) Place de Chateauneuf

The Place de Chateauneuf is situated at the foot of Charlemagne Tower, one of the four towers of the ancient Basilica of Saint Martin. Its name of Chateauneuf recalls the historic town that was developed around the Abbey of St. Martin back in the 9th Century. Here you can see some ancient fortifications that date from that time as well as the Hôtel des Ducs de Touraine.
Place Plumereau

6) Place Plumereau (must see)

The Place Plumereau is one of the town’s most thriving centres, where you will find many students and tourists at all hours of the day. The 15th Century wood-framed houses on the south side of the street and on nearby side-streets give a charming historical atmosphere to this bustling area.
Eglise Saint Pierre le Puellier

7) Eglise Saint Pierre le Puellier

Just north of the Place Plumereau you can find the ruins of the Church of Saint Peter the Puellier. This ancient house of worship was established in 512 at the initiative of Clotilde, the wife of King Franc Clovis.
Maison de Tristan

8) Maison de Tristan

This historic 15th Century house is easy to locate on the Rue Briconnet, near the Place Plumereau. The Maison de Tristan, or the Maison de la Belle Cordelière as it is now known is a classic example of French grandeur. The Tristan in its old name was Tristan l'Hermite, a close confidante of King Louis XI.
Maison du Croissant

9) Maison du Croissant

The Maison du Croissant is another fantastic example of a 15th Century French mansion. Also known as the Maison de la Belle Teinturière, this palatial home lies at the crossroads of the Rue de Constantine and the Rue de Maille. The area was once home to many silk workers, who moved to the area around 1470 at the behest of King Louis XI.

Walking Tours in Tours, France

Create Your Own Walk in Tours

Create Your Own Walk in Tours

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tours is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tours Churches Walk

Tours Churches Walk

In Tours there are several notable places of worship that pay testament to the rich history and spiritual life of the town. Take our tour to visit the most interesting places of worship in Tours.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Tours Nightlife Walk

Tours Nightlife Walk

Tours is a beautiful and lively city at night, when you can find lots of places to relax, drink a beer or dance the night away. Take our tour to find the best bars and nightclubs in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Declared a “City of Art and History” more than 20 years ago, Tours stays true to its title boasting rich cultural and historic heritage dating all the way back to the second century BC. Stately architecture complete with beautiful gardens await visitors coming to the city. See all these on this orientation walk and enjoy your time in Tours.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Tours Cultural Walk

Tours Cultural Walk

Tours is home to a thriving cultural life. The town’s many interesting venues offer a large spectrum of performances, exhibitions and festivals. Take our tour to see all the best cultural spots in Tours.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Tours Museums Walk

Tours Museums Walk

Tours is one of France’s great historical centres, as shown by its wide range of museums that tell the fascinating story of the country’s long history. Take our tour to see the most interesting collections.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Tours for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Tours has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Tours, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.