We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: rue Ronsard | La Riche, 37520, Tours, France
Phone Number:
+33 2 47 37 32 70

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 116 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 5
  • 5
    Very good
  • 0
  • 0
  • 1
Peaceful retreat with a nice garden

This seems to be a forgotten place by the tourists and a little difficult to find. Picturescue, a small area with mainly ruins. A memorysite of the french poet Pierre de... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2015
Stockholm, Sweden
Add Photo Write a Review

116 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 11: English reviews
Paris, France
Level Contributor
18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

The prieuré de St Cosme is Ronsard's house. The well known poet house is today a very modern and interactive museum. A refreshing surprise.

Thank Scaperino
Stockholm, Sweden
Level Contributor
173 reviews
124 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2015

This seems to be a forgotten place by the tourists and a little difficult to find. Picturescue, a small area with mainly ruins. A memorysite of the french poet Pierre de Ronsard. You could read and listen to some of his poems.

Thank Ingrid49_12
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2014

This was included as part of the route on our packaged bicycle garden and chateau tour of the Loire. Unfortunately the garden was no longer in place, as they are undertaking major excavation and archaeological digs to find out more about this very interesting early priory. There are some walls and footings still extant, and they have restored the dining... More 

Thank Arabella B
Surrey, UK
Level Contributor
43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2014

In early 2014 they started ripping out all the roses and have "stabilised" the ruins while doing some archaeological excavations. A new garden is planned for 2015 but I suspect it will be 2016 or later before it takes shape. Until then, 4.50 euros to see the ruins is a bit expensive and disappointing if you are expecting to see... More 

1 Thank The_Dunelmian
Denver, Colorado
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 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
Sale, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
257 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
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... More 

1 Thank Redandy60
Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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... More 

6 Thank Thensley
Tucson, AZ
Level Contributor
22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
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
Level Contributor
30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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... More 

5 Thank Ballymackeonan
Tours, France
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2011

Even in the height of summer I was just about the only person at the Prieuré & I passed a lovely afternoon in the sunshine, wandering around the ruined priory, the beautiful gardens and the exhibits inside. While I was there, there was a gorgeous exhibition of decorative art by Zao Wou-ki, who did the new stained glass windows in... More 

6 Thank Gwan57

Travellers who viewed Prieure de Saint-Cosme also viewed


Been to Prieure de Saint-Cosme? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Prieure de Saint-Cosme staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?