Best attractions in Tula: Top 25

Do you want to know what every tourist should see in Tula? Then before you start your journey, take a good look at this overview. We will tell you about the most significant and interesting sights of Tula right now.

What to see in Tula in the first place

Our rating includes those best attractions in Tula, which are the most popular with locals and visitors to the city. The recommendations are as follows:

1. Tula Kremlin

The Tula Kremlin is a 16th century stone fortress in the center of Tula

A historical and architectural masterpiece of the 16th century. The complex includes buildings such as trading rows, bell tower, Epiphany and Assumption cathedrals. You can stroll through the Kremlin Garden and the territory of the Tula Kremlin on your own or on a tour, examine the towers and walls. We advise you to visit the local Arms Museum and admire the exhibitions in the towers. Such sights of Russia are of interest to travelers of all ages.

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2. Assumption and Epiphany cathedrals of the Tula Kremlin

Assumption and Epiphany Cathedrals in the Tula Kremlin

Orthodox cathedrals erected on the square of the Kremlin. Date of construction of the first - the 17th century, the second - the end of the 19th century. It should be noted that the Cathedral of the Epiphany is no longer active, it is now open the Museum of Arms.

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3. Church of the Annunciation

Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin of the 17th century in Tula Avgrun

One of the most ancient temples of the city, created in the 17th century. The present classical construction of stone has replaced the wooden religious building. The Annunciation Church complex includes the main house with five blue bells and a modest bell tower;

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4. Rotunda

Rotonda on the bank of the river Upa against the background of the sights of Tula

If you want to take incredible photos, your trip to Tula should definitely include a trip to this former observation deck. Not long ago, the rotunda was restored. The dark dome is supported by white columns, and musical evenings are often held on the site. The rotunda is located inside a landscaped public garden.

5. Tula weapon museum

New building of the Tula State Arms Museum

In the early 17th century, on the orders of Peter the Great, weapons production began to work in the city. But the most beautiful specimens never left the walls of the factory. Later Catherine II ordered the creation of the “Chamber of Rare Weapons”. Subsequently, its exhibits moved from place to place, and only in 2012 “settled” in the Epiphany Cathedral in the Museum of Arms. In the current exhibition halls one can see examples of weapons from the 16th century to the present.

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6. Museum “Tula samovars”

Museum "Tula samovars" in a historical building of the early 20th century

Date of foundation - 1990. The first exhibits were brought here from the literary and historical and architectural museums of the city. The modern exposition occupies several halls. Presented samples: original souvenir samovars, mini-models received as gifts by children of the last Russian emperor, as well as medals, awarded to master-makers at various exhibitions. You should visit such interesting places in Tula with the whole family.

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7. Museum “Tula gingerbread”

The Tula Gingerbread Museum in Tula ViCo

Tula gingerbread is known throughout Russia, which is why the local authorities once decided to open a whole museum. Visitors to the complex can learn about the history of the delicacy, which began back in the 17th century. And you can also admire the samples made for funerals, weddings and all kinds of celebrations. The museum has a store with a lot of gingerbread souvenirs in its assortment. You can attend a master class and make a treat with your own hands. Feedback on a visit to the museum enthusiastic children and adults alike.

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8. Museum “Moto-Auto-Art”.

Motor scooter "Electron" factory "Vyatskie Polyany", USSR, 1970s Andshel


The exposition is based on items from Zyakin’s private collection (guided by him personally). Guests are invited to examine and get acquainted with the technical features of motor vehicles and cars of various makes and models (mainly of the local machine-building plant). If you do not know what to visit in Tula, but are fond of similar subjects, you should sign up for an excursion by all means.

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9. Assumption Cathedral

Tula Holy Dormition Cathedral

The current cathedral, built in the 18th century (the previous cathedral was made of wood). The current building is a true architectural masterpiece. During the reign of Soviet power there was an attempt to blow it up, but it was unsuccessful. In the 2000s there were carried out large-scale restoration measures.

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10. All Saints Cathedral

Vsekhsviatsky Cathedral and the three-tiered bell tower, topped with a high spire

After the foundation of the cemetery in the 18th century, a stone cathedral was built on the site with the money of Tula merchants. The building had only one level, the second floor was added later. Relatively recently it has been recognized as a cultural and historical monument and its bell tower was restored. Inside there is a great Christian value - the icon of Kazan Mother of God, written in the 17th century. During the tour, guides in Tula are sure to tell the story of this shrine.

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11. Tula Museum of Fine Arts

Fountain in front of the entrance to the Tula Museum of Fine Arts

The collections contain paintings that once belonged to aristocratic families. The date of the exhibition is the beginning of the 20th century (the exposition is expanding). You can see works by such great Russian masters as Surikov, Serov, Shishkin, etc.

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12. Museum “Necropolis of the Demidovs”

Nikolo-Zaretsky church with bell tower and monument to Demidov in the historical part of Tula

The Demidovs were formerly world-famous travelers, writers, and entrepreneurs engaged in industry, mining, etc. The date of the “Necropolis” with the tomb of representatives of the dynasty is 1996. Go to such excursions in Tula is best of all with an experienced guide. Accompanying person will tell the most interesting facts about the site.

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13. Tula State Puppet Theater

The main manor house of the late 18th century, later the zemstvo office, now the Tula Puppet Theater AndyVolykhov

Just like many other attractions in Tula, this one is designed for guests of all ages. The theater puts on performances not only for kids, but also for adults. The list of productions is regularly updated.

14. Tula State Circus

The main facade of the Tula State Circus Sergei Blokhin

The institution was opened in 1963. Over the many years of its successful history, it has hosted such circus legends as acrobats A. Bondareva, M. Zapashny with his tigers, illusionist Kio, Y. Nikulin and M. Rumyantsev. If you do not know where to go with your child in Tula, go to the circus.

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15. Tula exotarium

The Tyrannosaurus statue at the entrance to the Tula Exotarium LEhAN

Date of opening - 1987, the first inhabitants were a hundred different animals. Now the exotarium is mostly reptiles (especially a large number of snakes). As a symbol of the institution was chosen dinosaur. You can walk around the halls and look at their “inhabitants” with a tour group or on your own. There are thematic meetings and temporary exhibitions.

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16. Museum “The old Tula pharmacy”

Old Pharmacy Ware

Do you want to know what a real pharmacy looked like in the 18th century? Then come to this museum and look at the spacious sales room with mirrored cabinets and numerous medicines. The samples of medicines, prescription forms, pharmacy utensils and instruments on display here will pique your interest even if you’re not into medicine itself. The showcases are thematic: one is dedicated to medical wonders (with such curious specimens as a human skull, fish intestines, alcoholized snakes), another to the work of pharmacists, the third to the production of medicines, the fourth to the treatment with herbs, etc. You can become a spectator of the excursion program or a direct participant in the master class (for example, making perfumes from natural oils).

17. The museum “Ded Filimon’s harmonies”.

Bayan of the Tula music factory of the last century Masoud Vardast

There are more than a hundred samples at the exposition. Each musical instrument is special and unique, each has its own history. Harmonies, accordions, harmoniums and bayans have come and are coming to the museum from Nizhny Novgorod, Yelets, Saratov and many other Russian cities. There are circus and variety as well as “homemade” models of instruments. Guests are offered not only a tour of the exhibition, but also a real concert with samples. During the tours there are dances and games.

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18. Left-handed Monument

Levshe Monument made of bronze - a symbol of skill and diligence of Tula residents

The monument was created in 1989 in honor of the talented Tula workers and gunsmiths. The monument was opened to mark the 50th anniversary of the local machine-building industry.

19. Monument to Tula gingerbread

Popular place for commemorative photos at the Tula Gingerbread Monument

Another unusual 2-meter monument made of bronze. The date of construction is 2014. The location is not far from the Zagros. The weight of the rounded gingerbread is about 1.3 thousand kg. If you do not know what to see in Tula in 1 day, and want to see objects related to the traditions of the city, come here.

20. The Central Park of Culture and Leisure named after Belousov

Panorama of the Central Park of Culture and Leisure named after Belousov in Tula Khugati

The park complex is arranged in the central part of the city. It is a recognized national treasure and is included in the top 10 largest European parks. The territory is distributed as follows: 35 hectares - recreational areas, 11 hectares - three bodies of water with water bodies, 97 hectares - forests (total area of the complex 143 hectares). There are numerous trees (including such not widespread specimens as white willow, red oak, Siberian cedar, etc.), shrubs, grasses and flowers growing in the park. Walking, you can meet the “local residents”: wild ducks and other feathered birds, squirrels. Animals and birds are not afraid of people, gladly accepting food from their hands.

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Tula sights: what else to visit in Tula?

We have told you about the main sights of Tula in brief. If you decide to continue your acquaintance with the city, visit such sites as:

21. Bogoroditsky Palace-Museum and Park

The former estate of Count Bobrinsky surrounded by a picturesque park

The museum in the palace of the Count Bobrinsky family was arranged during the Soviet regime in 1918. Today’s museum is a historical and art museum. You should see not only its expositions, but also the house itself with the adjacent park territory. Even the best hotels in Tula are not as luxurious as the main building of the complex.

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22. Polenovo Manor Museum

Facade of the big house at Polenovo Manor-Museum Gastro-en

В. Polenov was a famous Russian painter, whose mansion with a park and flower beds has survived to this day in remarkable condition. The complex, owned by the artist, today includes the City of Craftsmen exhibition hall, the Admiralty (a place to store ships), the abbey workshop, and the main building, which contains the artist’s paintings and personal belongings. Please note that a separate ticket must be purchased to view each building.

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23. Kulikovo Pole

Monument to Dmitry Donskoy on Kulikovo Field Quagdu

Every one of us has heard about this sight since our childhood. To this day, weapons, elements of armor and crosses can be found here. In the 17th century the village of Monastyrshchino was settled on the territory, but two centuries later they decided to make the square also a monument to fallen soldiers, installing several sculptures (S. Radonezhsky and D. Donsky), and the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary. In 1960 the local history museum of the city was built here.

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24. Yasnaya Polyana

Yasnaya Polyana is the ancestral estate of the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy

Today Yasnaya Polyana is home to a house museum visited by guests from all over Russia. Previously, Leo Tolstoy lived in this building, and then his family. The museum complex was created in the house only in 1921. By the way, it was in Yasnaya Polyana where the author managed to write his greatest books (he was buried here).

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25. Kozlovaya Zaseka Station-Museum

View from the platform to the station-museum "Kozlovaya Zaseka" Russo turista

Original railway station built in the southern district of the city in 1864 (near Yasnaya Polyana). According to legend, the site was named after D. Kozlov, who served at the zaseka. There are excursions to the site, introducing the infrastructure of Tula of yesteryear. At the station operates a souvenir store.

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We hope that those sights of Tula, photos with names and descriptions of which we have included in this review, were able to interest you. Read also about sights of Yaroslavl and get inspired for your future journey around Russia.