Fourth largest city in France, Toulouse has a treasure of attractions to explore and things to experience. There are so many incredible activities to indulge in, once you’re in Toulouse that it is important to plan your trip properly. Or else you might miss out on some incredible things. Museums, Cathedrals soaked in old world charm, art galleries, museums, ancient monuments and buildings, Toulouse has everything that’ll keep the history lover in you hooked.
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Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
Place Saint-Sernin, 31000 Toulouse, France
08:30 am - 07:00 pm
St. Sernin was the first Bishop of Tolosa (as it was known in the 3rd century), and he was murdered by a mob here for his steadfast refusal to pray to pagan gods. The site of his burial became a popular stopping point for pilgrims over the years, enough that a Romanesque was consecrated on the site in 1096. Some Gothic and Baroque additions were made such over the centuries, but the church as generally been allowed to retain its original influence.
The church is absolutely brilliant; its harmonious Romanesque architecture immensely pleasing to the eye. It looks grand enough from the outside; from the inside, it’s absolutely tranquil and solemn…not to mention a visual delight what with its many, many decorations. The religious art is moving, the stained glass is stunning and the small curiosities everywhere are a pleasure to hunt down.
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Square, Family And Kids
Capitole, Toulouse, France
Located at the heart of Toulouse, parts of the Place du Capitola date back to the 16th century while the Neoclassical facade dates back to the 17th century. The square marks the place where St. Saturninus was killed and is popular for the Capitole- a neoclassical building with pink marble columns, that is the highlight of the place. The building houses the Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse that lights up the square after dark while the nearby cafes and restaurants, complete the experience.
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Family And Kids, Architecture , Sculpture
Place d'Assezat, 31000 Toulouse, France
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
One of the most elite houses in Toulouse built for the super rich aristocrats, the Hotel d'Assezat was built around the mid 16th century. The house accommodates the Fondation Georges Bemberg that has a fine collection of rare paintings, sculptures and furniture that dates back to the 1500’s. For architecture lovers, a walk around the courtyard is just as rewarding and is one of the ‘musts’ when you visit Toulouse.
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Museum, Family And Kids
21 Rue de Metz, 31000 Toulouse, France
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Consecrated in 1514, this church was converted into a museum when a bunch of art lovers got together and decided that the best of French and particularly Toulousan painting had to be saved from the pillaging by revolutionary mobs. The museum opened it’s doors in 1785, making it one of the oldest museum in the country! Many renovations were made to optimise the building’s presentation in the 19th and 20th centuries. It houses fine arts and paintings from the middle ages to the present times. There’s even some art from the primitive eras! The paintings are mostly French, and there is an impressive collection of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance sculpture. Some of the paintings held here are quite renowned, like the Sultan of Morocco, Corpus Christi Day, and The Stop Forced.
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Garden, Family And Kids
Jardin Compans Caffarelli, Boulevard Lascrosses, 31000 Toulouse, France
07:45 am - 06:00 pm
Peter Baudin commissioned this garden when he saw Dublin’s Japanese garden and decided that Toulouse needed its own. Still they put more effort into this particular Japanese garden than most. Its arranged around a lake, which symbolises a mirror and the island in its centre symbolises the paradise of Horai. In this manner every element of the garden like rocks, plants, and the landscape represents something or the other. There’re a tea pavilions, a bridge, lanterns, different sorts of bamboo, cherry blossom trees, colourful blooms, and a Zen (pebble) Garden – all classic and standard elements.
All combined, they make one of the prettiest and most tranquil getaways in town. It’s a terrific place to have lunch on a hot day..but will manage to look good in any weather. Heck, in the rain it’s downright romantic.
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Botanical Garden, Family And Kids, Natural History Museum
35 Allee Jules Guesde, 31000 Toulouse, France
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
2.5 million items worth of natural history; if that isn’t enough of any appetite, then nothing will ever be. The permanent collections: Earth, The Tree of Life, The Staircase, The Human Needs and Tomorrow display the origin of the universe, the birth of the solar system, the emergence and evolution of life in accompaniment to the changes of the Earth, the nature of man’s interaction with all of this, and man’s possible impact on the future. All this is shown through many excavated artefacts from prehistory, collection of preserved life like insects and birds (even a collection of eggs), an exhibit of skulls and skeletons and even a mineral centred geological exhibit.
Accompanying this showroom of historical wonder it the Botanical Garden. It’s various sections (medical, industrial and edible) cover over 5000 species of plants from around the world. Visitors tend to take particular interest in the toxic plant exhibition.
Finally, the museum offers a library into which admission is free. The books and multimedia documents of the library further elaborate on the displays.
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Water Body, Walking Area, Family And Kids
Canal de Garonne, Toulouse, France
The idea of building this canal was toyed with by various powers for more than a thousand years before it was actually built. Its logistical importance was obviously great: a short cut between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic that cut out the long passage around Spain. The problem had always been a marked lack of water that could sustain navigation. It was only in 1838 that the project properly took off and some crazy feats of engineering made the canal possible. In 1856, the canal became properly functional. Today, the combined length of Canal de Garrone and Canal du Midi makes for a popular cycling tour that takes anywhere between 7–10 days to complete. You can rent bikes in Toulouse for the specific purpose of cycling the track.
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Bridge, Walking Area, Family And Kids
Pont Neuf, 31000 Toulouse, France
The name of this 16th century bridge translates into new bridge. It’s 220 metres long, has seven archways, and it’s USP is that it’s not symmetrical. So what do you do here? Nothing! Kill time. Watch the world go by. There’s a cafe nearby from where you can pick up some eats and drinks, settle down by the river bank and have picnic. That’s in the day. In the night the place is utterly stunning; lit up prettily from under for some really great photo opps and romantic atmosphere. You don’t need to spend a lot of time here, but if there’s anyplace to take pictures on your visit, this is it!
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Religious Site, Family And Kids, Cathedral
Place Saint-Etienne, 31000 Toulouse, France
08:00 am - 07:00 pm
If the cathedral looks a little lopsided from the front, it’s because it’s not one complete church; it’s two incomplete ones, one from the early 13th century and the other from the late 13th century. The church is thus full of contradictions; an Gothic tower of a Romanesque foundation, unsymmetrical nave and choir vaults, a five-bay choir that dwarfs the older nave, stained glass from every century, beautiful tapestries about 400 years old, a pretty rose window and a Baroque retable of the high altar. The fountain and square outside the cathedral are reported the oldest in the city too. To the visitor it’s at once magnificent and melancholy.
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Theme Park, Planetarium , Family And Kids
Avenue Jean Gonord, 31500 Toulouse, France
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
I can’t imagine how a space-themed park can go wrong. It can’t. The park is as much about exploration as it is about first conquest. There’re full size models of the Ariane 5 rocket, Mir space station and the Soyuz modules. There are immersive interactive exhibits through which you can mimic putting rickets into space. The Terr@dome displays the history of the universe from the Big Bang to the forming of the solar system. There’s two planetariums. There’s physics lectures…the place is huge and with surprises in every corner. Half the parts and pieces you see here, engines and all are the real deal. For a kid, it’s a whole new sort of wonderland. There’s even an exhibit on the Mars Lander now.
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Art And Culture, Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
Rue Lakanal, 31000 Toulouse, France
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Toulouse was where the Order of the Preachers was founded by St. Dominic. Coming to be known as Dominicans, they built the whole convent of Jacobins for the purpose of combating the heresy of the Cathares. Finished in 1385, the Toulouse was where the Order of the Preachers was founded by St. Dominic. Coming to be known as Dominicans, they built the whole convent of Jacobins for the purpose of combating the heresy of the Cathares. Finished in 1385, the church is an intriguing mix of a grand exterior and an interior that feels like it’s about to take flight any second. Between 1275 and 1315, the height of the choir was increased, and windows were created above the chapels. The seven-storey bell tower was also added at this time. Starting in 1325, higher vaulted roof was constructed for the nave in order to bring it into line with the choir. These changes were made to make the church look beautiful from inside and outside.
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View Point, Walking Area, Family And Kids
Quai de la Daurade, 31000 Toulouse, France
The Quai de la Daurade offers a fabulous view of the Garonne river. The place lights-up after dark when the cityscape reflects brilliantly in the water. A romantic walk here in the evening as you see the bridge and the buildings- completes the experience.
The Pont Neuf (built from 1544 to 1632) is the oldest bridge in Toulouse. The nearby cafes and restaurants are perfect to grab a quick bite to end the charming stroll.
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Amusement Park, Park, Family And Kids
3000 Chemin du Pouchot, 31330 Le Burgaud, France
10:30 am - 07:00 pm
Located 40 kilometres from Toulouse, the Animal Park is the perfect place if you are an animal lover or are simply looking for a good spot for a family-day out. From sheep that hop around to cows, horses, peacocks and turkeys- the place offers a rare experience where you can pet these domestic animals. The fun games including roller-coaster, pirate ship and water park, is a must if you are visiting with children.
If you are up for it, you can choose an overnight stay at the place to make the most of your visit.
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Water Body, Family And Kids, Unesco Site
Canal de Brienne, Toulouse, France
A single mile of peaceful strolling through green-shaded pathways alongside quietly flowing water – this is a heaven in any city. The was built in 1776 in the centre of Toulouse to create a navigable waterway between the Garrone and the Port de la Daurade in the centre of Toulouse. It takes its name from an 18th century archbishop of Toulouse. Where the canal meets the Canal du Midi there’s a bridge called Pont Jumeaux. Cycle or jog your time away here. You might recognise bits of the canal; it’s been featured in the scenes of many movies. It’s a UNESCO heritage site.
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Library, Museum, Family And Kids
17 Rue du Japon, 31400 Toulouse, France
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
This Moorish villa contains the collections of Georges Labit, an amateur antiques enthusiasts who went around the world looking for remnants of lost civilisations. Most of the collections here are arts and artefacts from Japan, China, Southeast Asia, India, Tibet, Nepal and Egypt. The library here is rich in books geographically and thematically organised around Egyptian art – the books themselves are exhibits beautiful enough to worth having a museum to host them in. This curiosity for the orient extends to the grounds too, where an exotic garden of Asian and Mediterranean plants has been laid out. The quality and style of the exhibits are impeccable.