Although the city was devastated during World War II, miraculously the old town of Tours remained intact, so nowadays the traveler asking what to do in Tours should take this as a starting point. Divided into three distinct neighborhoods, this is where you'll find many of the most popular Tours activities, monuments, and attractions.
The old town is home to some of the most beautiful places to visit in Tours, like Châteauneuf Saint Martin Basilica, the Clock Tower, and Charlemagne Tower. In the neighborhood known as Old Tours you can see Place Plumereau and its characteristic houses with half-timbered facades (colombage), which are some truly historical Tours attractions.
Finally, beside the River Loria, in the neighborhood called Cité, you'll find two of the architectural symbols of the city, the cathedral of Saint-Gatien and the Royal Castle, both unmissable things to see in Tours. For more stuff to do in Tours, go to the museums. Do not miss the Museum of Guilds (Museum of Compagnonnage) and the Museum of Fine Arts. And if you want things to do in Tours outside the city centre, go and visit the wineries and medieval castles of the Loire Valley, one of the top attractions in Tours. Use minube to learn more about the area's museums, the Descartes monuments, and other things recommended by our community.