Older than Moscow, primarily the city was the major outpost of nomades until in 1503 it became a part of Dutchy of Muscovy and its southern fort. In 1552 the city overcame the 30,000 people strong seige of Khan Devlet Geray. The beginning of the XVI century it was an epicenter of Dark Times and later on it grew as a great iron guns producer which is Tula is well-known for even today. Its samovars are of all-Russia brand of quality and are as recognizable as its pryaniki (cookies).
Trains arrive from Moscow (3h 20min), Oryol, Kaluga and are served by two railway stations: Rizhsky Vokzal and Moskovsky Vokzal. There is an option to ride by retro train, but only for groups (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you need acceptance and guide, contact with a tour agency 'Veter Stranstvy', their email: email@example.com. If you want to get straight to the ancient battlefield Kulikovo Pole, contact the museum, their office is at 47, Lenina st., email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone:+7(4872)36-28-34.