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Toulouse Office de tourisme
Square Charles de Gaulle Toulouse
31000

Tel:+33 (0)5 61 11 02 22
Fax:+33 (0)5 61 22 03 63

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Toulouse is the centre of France's high tech industry and in particular the aerospace industry (Concorde and Airbus invented here).  This has led to the growth of a cosmopolitan, vibrant conurbation with the second largest student population outside Paris.  

Toulouse is known as 'La Ville Rose' due to the warm, pink brick used in many of the buildings in the centre of the city.  The Vieux Quartier is particularly charming with its narrow alleyways, cafes, oyster bars and squares such as Place Capitole.  Here you'll find some grand Renaissance palaces built by merchants who became rich from the woad (blue dye) trade.  The fleamarket is also worth investigating and usually takes place on Sundays in Place St-Sernin.

Toulouse is a superb central location for discovering many of the historical centres and sights nearby including Albi and Montauban to the north and Gascogne to the west with its rolling hills, bastide towns, fine wine & Armagnac liqueur.

What to See - Toulouse Attractions

Boat trip
Quai de la Daurade or Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse 31000
Discover Toulouse's canals and/or the river Garonne
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Oct (weekends) and Jul-Aug:daily

Les abattoirs
76 allees Charles de Fitte, Toulouse 31000
Toulouse's abattoir gracefully transformed into a modern art gallery
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)5 62 48 58 00

Musee Paul Dupuy
13 rue de la Pleau, Toulouse 31000
a variety of glassware, religious art, clocks & watches & fine china
| Admission charge | Opening Times: May-Oct | Tel: +33 (0)5 61 14 65 50

Galerie Municipale de Château d'Eau
Place Laganne, Toulouse 31000
occupies a 19th century water tower and is home to photographic exhibitions
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)5 61 77 09 40

Cathedrale St-Etienne
Place St-Etienne, Toulouse 31000
northern French Gothic style cathedral
| Opening Times: Daily

Eglise des Jacobins
Parvis des Jacobins, Toulouse 31000
a Dominican convent with awesome palm-shaped vault
| Opening Times: Daily

Theatre du Capitole
Place du Capitole, Toulouse 31000
a glamourous opera venue built in the 1750s
| Opening Times: Mid Jun- Mid Sept | Tel: +33 (0)5 61 63 13 13

Basilique de St-Sernin
Place St-Sernin, Toulouse 31000
visit the largest Romanesque basilica in Europe
| Opening Times: Oct-Jun | Tel: +33 (0)5 61 21 80 45

Cite de l'Espace
Avenue Jean Gonord, Toulouse 31000
interactive, hands-on exhibition into space exploration. Learn how to launch a rocket!
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)5 62 71 64 80

Fondation Bemberg
Hotel d'Assezat, Place d'Assezat, Toulouse 31000
Renaissance paintings, artefacts, 19th-20th century paintings & bronzes
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)5 61 12 06 89

Musee des Augustins
21 rue de Metz, Toulouse 31000
Toulouse's Roman heritage displayed at this museum along with French, Italian and Flemish paintings
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)5 61 22 21 82