Tours of the historic heart of Tournai

2,000 years of history summarised in a city...

Tournai has preserved centuries of architectural heritage.  From Romanesque to Art Nouveau styles, the five-steepled city harbours many secrets.  Stop at the belfry and the cathedral of Tournai, both classified as Unesco World Heritage Sites.  Take a tour underground or in the medieval heart on the saddle of a tandem. Walk along the Scheldt to admire Pont des Trous (Peephole Bridge).  As a couple or family, discover Tournai’s innumerable facets.

The belfry

Standing 72 m high, the belfry has dominated the Grand Place for more than 800 years.  It is considered to be the oldest belfry in Belgium.  Its exceptional panoramic view must be earned:  257 steps await the bravest.

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The Cathedral

Classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site like Tournai’s belfry, the cathedral is currently undergoing extensive renovation.  Several years of work still await it to showcase its finest details.

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The oldest belfry of Belgium

St Eleutherius shrine

Thematic tours of Tournai

Guided tours

Tournai’s guides’ association and its tourist office organise thematic visits throughout the year on the second Sunday of the month (decrypting the cartouches of Tournai, preserved old heritage walls, Château de Lassus, tour of open churches, museum of fine arts, etc.).

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Mini train tour

Climb aboard themini train for a ride lasting about 45 minutes in the historic centre of Tournai. You’ll behold the most important buildings in the city and the picturesque districts such as the town hall district, the Saint-Jacques quarter and the quays of the Scheldt, before finishing in Tournai’s historic district. From May till August.

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Audio-guided tour

The belfry, the Grand Place, the Saint-Georges tower, the red fort, the Notre-Dame cathedral, the Scheldt and Place Saint-Pierre are places steeped in history. To get to know them better, an audioguide is available from Tournai’s tourist office. Allow one hour for tour.

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Visit randofamili

Tournai’s historic circuit is an ideal walk for families. This short 2km circuit takes you on a tour of the city’s famous people. You’ll discover the city in a fun way by following the lecterns and statues throughout your journey.

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