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Tours Old Town Walk (Self Guided), 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 or 0.6 Miles
Author: Linda
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Les Halles
  • Place du Grand Marché
  • Eglise Sainte Croix
  • Logis Berthelot-Briconnet
  • Place de Chateauneuf
  • Place Plumereau
  • Eglise Saint Pierre le Puellier
  • Maison de Tristan
  • Maison du Croissant
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: 7 am - 7:30 pm; Sunday: 7 am - 6 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 Introduction Walk

Tours Introduction 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 or 3.2 Miles
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 or 1.9 Miles
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 or 0.6 Miles
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 or 1.9 Miles
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: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles