Family trip to Tula: famous estates and unusual museums – Road.Travel

Family trip to Tula: famous estates and unusual museums

Road Trip Route. To visit the three most beautiful estates, Feed the alpaca and visit the only bird park in Russia, Get positive emotions on a music tour, Visit the newly opened Historical Museum, See the largest private collection of samovars.

On a four-day trip to Tula you can visit many interesting places that both adults and children will enjoy. These are the famous estates of A.P.Chekhov, L.N.Tolstoy and V.Polenov, unusual museums and even small farms. Amazing discoveries about crafts and cultural heritage of Tula and its surroundings are waiting for you. Автор фото обложки: [Axen foto@Wikipedia Commons](

History and Culture, Arts and Creativity, Animals and Farms, Families with Kids. From: Moscow

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Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Melikhovo, Alpacas and the Museum of Samovars and Boulevards.

There's an unusual program waiting for you today. In the morning you will visit the Chekhov Museum Estate. Then visit the mini-farm, where you can pet, feed and photograph alpacas, goats and other animals. You'll see the ruins of the white-stone fortress from the times of Ivan the Terrible, which was dismantled for the construction of the underground. And in the evening, visit the Samovar Museum and find out what bullions are. Автор фото: [Moneycantbuy@Wikipedia Commons](


Музей-заповедник А. П. Чехова "Мелихово"

In the estate Melikhovo AP Chekhov lived 7 years and wrote many works. The museum on the estate was opened in 1940. It consists of an outbuilding, the manor house itself, a bathhouse, outbuildings, a fire barn, an old medical station and a spacious garden. On weekends there are performances of local theater. The tour can be ordered [on site]( Monday's a day off. Last Friday of the month is a health day.

Farm House Pronino

The next point on the map is a cozy mini farm in Pronino. Here you can pet and feed mini pigs, sheep, alpacas, goats, see turkeys, geese and even a peacock. At excursion you will be told in detail and interestingly about each inhabitant. There are ancient swings, trampolines and attractions on the territory. Tubing rides are available in winter for an extra fee. After the tour you can drink tea in the guest house, try the products from the farm, play board games. You can buy themed toys in the souvenir shop. A visit to the farm is only possible by appointment by phone: +7(915) 326-26-26. The tour starts at 12:00 and lasts 3 hours.

Три Сковородки

Cozy cafe with unusual interior in the center of Serpukhov. Delicious homemade food. A large selection of pancakes with a variety of fillings.

Соборная Гора

The Cathedral (Red) Mountain is considered the main observation platform of Serpukhov. There are still parts of the white stone fortress preserved here. The hill offers spectacular views of the surrounding area and ancient temples. In 1374 the construction of the Kremlin started here. Under Ivan the Terrible, wooden walls were replaced with stone ones. In 1934, the Serpukhov Kremlin was dismantled for the construction of the Moscow metro.

Muzey Samovarov I Bul'otok

Atmospheric museum dedicated to one of the symbols of Tula. It features the largest private collection of samovars in the country. You can take part in a costume photo shoot for an additional fee. There are also fascinating historical quests and master classes on floristics, toy painting, baking gingerbread. You can sign up for an excursion, quest or master class by phone: + 7 (4872) 50-50-50. The museum is open until 20:00. Monday is the day off.


Restaurant with pleasant interior in classic style. Large selection of hot and cold dishes, delicious desserts. You can order a whole samovar of tea with Tula sweets. It takes time for the samovar to heat up, so it is better to call in advance: +7(4872) 25-97-25.

Day 2: A day in Tula. Musical tour, Historical Museum and Kremlin.

Today is all about Thule. In the morning, you'll be taking a walk in Central City Park. Then an amazing musical tour in the Museum of Harmony. In the afternoon you will visit the newly opened Historical Museum. You will walk through the oldest places of the city. In the evening you will learn something about the history of local handicrafts at a multimedia exhibition. Автор фото: [Дмитрий Марочкин@Wikipedia Commons](,_%D0%91%D0%BE%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%8F%D0%B2%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B8%D0%B9_%D1%81%D0%BE%D0%B1%D0%BE%D1%80.jpg)

ЦПКиО им. Белоусова

The largest park in Tula with the Ferris wheel is located in the city center. The territory has a contact zoo, an exotarium, rides, bicycle rentals and scooters. In winter, there are slides for sledging and an ice rink. Skis, sledges or skates can be rented.

Tul'skiy Muzey Garmoni Deda Filimona

A small cozy museum in the city center. Harmony is one of Tula's symbols, as is gingerbread and samovars. Once there were about 15 harmonic factories and dozens of masters. Each musical instrument represented in the museum has its own special history. It is especially interesting to evaluate the collection on a tour with musical accompaniment. It is better to order such excursion in advance by phone: +7 (910) 157-17-19 - or by writing to Keep in mind that Monday's the day off.

Ulitsa Metallistov

The oldest pedestrian street of the city, part of the modern Museum Quarter, appeared in the XVI century. It begins at the Pyatnitskaya Gate of the Kremlin, so it was once called Pyatnitskaya, and before that - Nikolskaya. Almost all buildings on the street are objects of cultural heritage.

Istoricheskiy Muzey, Filial V Tule

The branch of the State Historical Museum in Tula was opened in September 2020, the day of celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Tula Kremlin. It is located in the Museum Quarter, on Metalistov Street, in one of the most beautiful historical buildings of the city - Belolipetskie mansion. In 1872 M.G.Belolipetskiy founded the factory "Tula Gingerbread". On the first floor of the mansion was located gingerbread shop. On the second floor there were pastry shop and living rooms. Since the revolution, the building has changed owners several times. Not so long ago the mansion was restored by archival photos. In addition to the exhibition, the museum has a tactile exposition. The 14 exhibits can be touched and viewed closer. There are plans to organize lectures and film screenings. There are excursions in the museum, you can buy a ticket [here]( It's the weekend at the museum on Tuesdays.


A modern cafe with delicious coffee and good desserts. The menu also includes salads, burgers, sandwiches.

Tul'skiy Kreml'

The oldest structure in the city. The Tula Kremlin was built in 1520. In September 2020, the 500th anniversary of the Kremlin was celebrated in Tula. Once the fortress protected the southern borders of the Moscow principality from the invasion of the Golden Horde and was designed to use firearms. On the territory of the Kremlin are located Assumption Cathedral of the XVIII century, the Epiphany Cathedral and trading rows of the XIX century. Until 2014, the Epiphany Cathedral housed an exposition of the Museum of Arms. In 2017, a modern Museum and Exhibition Complex was opened in the Kremlin. He works every day. The last Tuesday of the month is a health day.

Multimedia tour "Tula - workshop of Russia"

Multimedia excursion in the Museum of the Machine Tool will be interesting both for adults and children. In half an hour travel through the past and present you will learn a lot of interesting things about how the local arts and crafts developed and how the city changed with them.

Хинкальная у Кремля

Georgian cuisine cafe with delicious khinkali, soups, salads and snacks.

Day 3: Museum of Arms, Yasnaya Polyana and Gingerbread Museum.

The program is no less intense today. First, there is a museum, which presents the largest collection of weapons in the country. Then there's the Crafts Court. In the afternoon you will go to the estate Yasnaya Polyana, where you will not only learn about the life of Leo Tolstoy, but also visit the historic stables. In the evening, the Museum of the International Gingerbread.

Tul'skiy Gosudarstvennyy Muzey Oruzhiya

Tula Museum of Arms is one of the largest in the country. It consists of two branches. One is located on the territory of the Kremlin, the other - in a building that looks like a helmet. The new building was inaugurated in 2012. On 5 floors there is an extensive exposition of different types of weapons. There are several interactive zones. Master-classes are regularly held. Tickets to children's play areas are better bought immediately when you come to the museum, they are sold at the box office on the ground floor. [On the website]( of the museum you can buy a single ticket for two exhibitions at once and sign up for [excursion]( You can sign up for the master classes by phone: +7(4872) 40-47-48.

Crafts Yard of the Good

The craft yard introduces guests to the traditions of Tula masters. More than 20 creative master-classes of "Kindness" can learn how to create toys, mint coins, weave jewelry, sew dolls. You can sign up for the master class by phone: +7 (953)-199-71-88. The museum is only open on Saturdays.

The Memorial Stables at Yasnaya Polyana.

The stable in Yasnaya Polyana is at least 200 years old. Many of the Tolstoy family loved horses, Lev Nikolaevich was no exception. You can explore the museum part and then ride a horse, carriage or sleigh in winter. Little children can ride a pony.


A cafe where you can taste the recipes of Sophia Andreyevna Tolstoy. The most famous is Ankovsky cake, a favorite dainty of the Tolstoy family.

Музей-усадьба Л. Н. Толстого «Ясная Поляна»

The famous XVII century mansion, where Leo Tolstoy was born and lived. Now the museum complex includes the house of the Tolstoy family, Kuzminsky outbuilding, apple orchards, greenhouse, stables, outpatient clinic, favorite bench and Leo Tolstoy's grave. To visit the house of Tolstoy and Kuzminsky's wing, you need to buy a ticket at [site]( You can order the excursion by phone: +7(48751) 76-1-25. On weekdays they are held until 3.30 pm, on weekends until 4.30 pm.

Международный Музей Пряника

Museum project of Tula confectioners and designers. There are master classes in gingerbread making. You can try and buy spice cakes and Belove pastila. At the master class it is better to make an appointment in advance by phone: 8 (4872) 79-44-42. The museum is open every day from 10:00 to 19:00.

Kazanskaya Naberezhnaya

Once the Kazanskaya embankment was part of the Kremlin gardens. Now it is a modern art space with cafes, children's attractions, table tennis.

Гриль-бар Дрова

It's a nice grill bar. In addition to meat and fish dishes, the menu includes soups, salads, snacks, burgers and pizza.

Day 4: Polenovo, contemporary art and the Bird Park

In the morning you will visit the museum-estate of the famous artist V. Polenov. Then there's a rather unusual place waiting for you - the Art Museum of Garbage. And although the name is not very appealing, you will be pleasantly surprised. In the afternoon - a walk in the only bird park in the country. Photo author: [Timofey Nazarov@Wikipedia Commons](

Музей-заповедник В. Д. Поленова

The V.Polenov Museum-Reserve was opened in 1931. The museum-reserve includes the House nad Oka, outbuildings, workshop, boat shed, Trinity Church in the village of Behovo, manor park and garden, the tomb of V. Polenov, as well as forests and agricultural land near the estate. Almost everything here was built according to Polenov's drawings, even the church. The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday. There are excursions in the museum. You can buy a ticket for some events [online](

Художественный музей мусора "Му Му"

An unusual museum, where all the exhibition objects are made of unnecessary things. There are free master classes on weekends. Plastic lids and old knitwear can also be handed in here - and they may become the basis for new art objects.

Loft Restaurant & Bar

Nice restaurant with a large selection of dishes. Nice staff, warm atmosphere.

Birds Park "Vorob'i"

The first bird park in Russia. Here you can see about 2000 species of rare birds and animals. The park includes two outdoor areas, an exotarium, a tropical bird pavilion and an exhibition of the tropical world. The outdoor areas are open until dark in winter. You can also take part in master classes and shoot with archery in the park. Tickets can be purchased [online]( or at the park's ticket offices.

кафе Библиотека

Café with unusual interior and delicious dishes. It's time to discuss travel experiences.