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Albi Office de tourisme
Place Ste-Cecile Albi
81000

Tel:+33 (0)5 63 49 48 80
Fax:+33 (0)5 63 49 48 98

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Albi is built by red brick extracted from the Tarn river hence its name 'Albi la rouge'.  It really is a delightful town that oozes historical and cultural heritage.  In the 12th-century, Albi was the first town to offer the Cathars refuge.  They later became known as Albingensians.  At the height of its importance in the mid 15th to 16th-centuries many Renaissance buildings were constructed from wealth accrued by the textile and dyeing industries. 

Albi is also the home of Toulouse-Lautrec who was born here in 1864.  The Musee Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is good enough reason alone to come to Albi, housing famous canvases by the artist himself and other works by Matisse, Dufy and Yves Brayer.  The terraced gardens of the Palais de la Berbie are also worth a detour and overlook the river Tarn.  A river cruise of the Tarn will enable you to glimpse at the beauty of Albi from a different angle.

What to See - Albi Attractions

Base Nautique de Cantepeau
Albi 81000
a watersports centre
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)5 63 60 65 21

Planetarium-Observatoire
Montredon-Labessionne, 81100
a planetarium with shows on the solar system and satellites
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 63 75 63 12

Berges du Tarn
ft of ramparts of the Palais de la Berbie, Albi 81120
a trip up the Tarn in a flat-bottomed barge or gabarre
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Not Oct-Jun | Tel: +33 (0)5 63 49 48 80

Zoo de Montredon
Montredon-Labessionne, 81100
a favourite with kids with kangaroos, camels and monkeys
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jun-Sep:daily; Apr-Nov:pms only | Tel: +33 (0)5 63 75 11 11

Les Pigeons du Mont Royal
Lombers, 81120
a museum dedicated to pigeons including a flight demo!
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jun-Aug: 14h-17h or rest of yr: Sun pms only | Tel: +33 (0)5 63 45 52 33

Saturday Market
Place Ste-Cecile, Albi 81000
with all the local fare including foie-gras, mushrooms, garlic from Lautrec and Gaillac wines

Parc de Gourjade
Ave de Roquecourbe, Castres on D89 81100
a huge park with golf course, joggin trails, riding centre, L'archipel waterpark & ice-skating rink
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 63 62 54 00

Centre National et Musee Jean Jaures
2 Place Pelisson, Castres 81100
the history of socialism and the life and works of its founder
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 63 72 01 01

Cathedrale Ste-Cecile
Place Ste-Cecile, Albi 81000
a fotress-cum church built of the characteristic red Albi brick
| Opening Times: Daily

Musee Toulouse-Lautrec
Palais de la Berbie, Albi 81000
houses a permanent collection of works by the Albi-born artist
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep:daily; Oct-Mar:Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)5 63 49 48 70

Musee Goya
Hotel de Ville, Castres 81100
with lots of self portraits and prints by the artist himself
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jul-Aug:daily; Sep-Jun:Tue-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)5 63 71 59 30