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“Oasis in the city”

Prieure Saint-Cosme
Ranked #18 of 72 things to do in Tours
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

A hike from the center of town but worth the walk. Picturesque and historic venue. It is mostly ruins but the first building is intact and includes period furniture and interesting rooms. The grounds were gorgeous and on the day we were there artists were sketching and bridal couples were having photo sessions.

1  Thank cestuart
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

This was recommended by GwanMel whose blog I had read. It is lovely and has beautiful gardens. There was hardly anybody there and we almost had the place to ourselves. It was however a lovely sunny day. There are lots of roses and I would love to go back to see them bloom. The fardens are in remembrance of Ronsard the poet and could be best described as paying homage to the rose and his poetry.

1  Thank Redandy60
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Reviewed 20 October 2012 via mobile

Loved this site not for the chapel but for the parish house. This house is from the 15th century and complete. You even get access to the attic.

My husband and I were the only visitors during our visit.

The grounds were beautifully maintained even in October. The lavender was in full bloom and smelled delightful. We did not come for the poet, but if you want roses, there were still a few blooming.

We walked from the train station and even though we had mapped out its location and saw several street signs telling us where to go, we lost our way several times. My advice for you if you are on foot or bike, walk along the waterfront. Before the bridge with the train on it, walk through the park (next to a modern housing development) and you will be there. We were walking along the ridge away from the water front when we were near the bridge and could easily see into the site.

They also have a great gift shop with some local products. The prices are very reasonable as we saw a few of the same items at other sites in the Loire but for several more Euros.

6  Thank Thensley
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

What a delightful place to visit - a medieval priory situated a short distance from the center of Tours. The roses were in full bloom and just lovely. Combined with the ruins of the priory they make for a photographers heaven. And the best part -- there were no crowds of people! Don't miss it!

5  Thank japptp
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Reviewed 9 July 2011

This is a peaceful, partly ruined medieval priory on the western outskirts of Tours, easily accessible by a regular town bus service (3A). It has a small visitor centre, and a museum devoted to the 16th century poet Ronsard, who was prior there.

Ronsard is known for his poems about roses, and in May, there is a Festival of the Rose in the priory gardens. It was over when I visited, but the roses were still in bloom, and it was pleasant to sit in the sun, listening to the birdsong, among the ruins.

5  Thank Ballymackeonan
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