ToulouseFrance

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In the heart of the south-west, Toulouse is the perfect destination for a weekend break or longer stay. Boasting a rich history and a whole host of cultural influences, everyone should visit the Pink City at least once.

Celebrated in Claude Nougaro's famous song, Toulouse is a city with a real southern French feel, with its narrow streets and distinctive architecture. The city centre is full of ancient buildings and museums.

The iconic Place du Capitole is a good starting point for any visit, or if you're so inclined, to enjoy a drink outdoors, to admire the square and the facade of the Capitole and to drink in the city's atmosphere. Just nearby is the Couvent des Jacobins, an unmissable mediaeval gem. The cloister and the church are simply breathtaking.

The river Garonne flows through Toulouse and its riverbanks are perfect for walks and picnics, weather permitting. From the Quayside, below the city, you'll have a stunning view over the fantastic Pont Neuf and the waves.

For a panoramic view over the city's rooftops, head for Carmes car park. At the end of the day, the setting sun really brings out the city's pink brickwork. You won't regret it!

Toulouse is also the European capital of the aviation and space industry. In particular, Airbus has its headquarters in the city, which is also home to the amazing Cité de l’espace. This space-themed amusement park will let you into all the secrets of space and explore real rockets and other treasures that are out of this world. An unforgettable experience that will leave young and old alike starry-eyed, whether or not they are science buffs.

It's impossible to talk about Toulouse without mentioning its cuisine. Toulouse cuisine is the typical fare of south-western France: confits of poultry, foie gras, cassoulet and Toulouse sausage, as well as products made from violet. If you'd like to take home a sweet souvenir, crystallised violet petals are one of the city's famous specialities.

Toulouse is the perfect destination for sunshine, relaxation and a welcoming atmosphere.

Toulouse Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Toulouse

Garonne which includes a river or creek, heritage architecture and a bridge

Toulouse City-Centre

4/5Very Good!(112 area reviews)

Noted for its historical sites and river views, there's plenty to explore in Toulouse City-Centre. Top attractions like Place du Capitole and Basilique Saint-Sernin are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Capitole Station or Jeanne d'Arc Metro Station to see more of the city.

Toulouse City-Centre
Museum of Toulouse showing interior views

Toulouse South-East

4/5Very Good!(5 area reviews)

Get to know Toulouse South-East and its many features like its parks and casinos. You might want to explore sights like Casino Theater Barriere of Toulouse and Jardin des Plantes, and you can jump on the metro at Faculté de Pharmacie Metro Station or Rangueil Station to get around the city.

Toulouse South-East
Japanese Garden Toulouse featuring a garden, a bridge and a pond

Compans-Caffarelli

4/5Very Good!(4 area reviews)

Compans-Caffarelli is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Pierre Baudis Congress Center and Japanese Garden Toulouse.

Compans-Caffarelli
Matabiau, Toulouse, France

Matabiau

Matabiau is noteworthy for its coffee shops, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Place Wilson and Halle aux Grains Theater.

Matabiau
Saint-Cyprien, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France

Saint-Cyprien

3/5(1 area review)

Well liked for its restaurants and museums, Saint-Cyprien is worth a visit. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Centre de l'Affiche and Les Abattoirs, and jump on the metro at Saint Cyprien-Republique Station to get around the city.

Saint-Cyprien
Airbus showing interior views and aircraft

Toulouse West

3.5/5Good!(13 area reviews)

Toulouse West is a destination travellers like for its bars, and you might hop aboard the metro at Basso-Cambo Station or Mirail-Universite Station to explore sights like Garden Golf Toulouse La Ramee.

Toulouse West

Top hotels in Toulouse

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pullman Toulouse Centre Ramblas
Pullman Toulouse Centre Ramblas
5 out of 5
£88
per night
Mar 13 - Mar 14

This family-friendly Toulouse hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Place Wilson, Halle aux Grains Theater and Place du ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (567 reviews)

"Friendly staff, clean and spacious room, distance to the center was perfect. Overall it met all my needs. Will definitely stay there again."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2020

Pullman Toulouse Centre Ramblas
Zenitude Hotel-Residences Toulouse Fluvia
Zenitude Hotel-Residences Toulouse Fluvia
6 AVENUE HUBERT CURIEN, Toulouse, Occitanie
£37
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in Croix de Pierre - Route d'Espagne, this aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Oncopole and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Toulouse Exhibition Center. Casino Theater ...

4.1/5Very Good! (330 reviews)

"Best of class hotel from our perspective. Clean, new, modern, efficient, with friendly staff business hotel. Quite on weekends as they seem to cater to local business travelers for the business district that the hotel is located in. Close hop out to city attractions by car."…"

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2019

Zenitude Hotel-Residences Toulouse Fluvia
Hampton by Hilton Toulouse Airport
Hampton by Hilton Toulouse Airport
92 Rue Bordebasse, Blagnac
£58
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Odyssud and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Airbus. Ailes Anciennes Toulouse and Aeroscopia Museum are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (48 reviews)

"Everything was perfect. Exactly what I would want from a hotel."…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2020

Hampton by Hilton Toulouse Airport

Popular things to do in Toulouse

Cite de l'Espace
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Cite de l'Espace

4/5(11 reviews)

Watch your kids have fun learning, predict the weather and train physically for a mission into space in this hands-on museum.

Airbus
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Airbus

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Learn about Toulouse’s long history of aeronautics with the three guided tours of this iconic developer’s factory and main sites.

Place du Capitole
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Place du Capitole

4.5/5(61 reviews)

You can learn about the local history of Toulouse during your trip to a top site such as Place du Capitole. Amble around the area's riverfront or visit its cathedral.

Capitole de Toulouse
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Capitole de Toulouse

4.5/5(82 reviews)

Attend a theatrical or orchestral performance and admire the artworks on the alleged spot where St. Saturnin of Toulouse was martyred.

Zenith de Toulouse
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Zenith de Toulouse

4/5(7 reviews)

Get tickets for a show at Zenith de Toulouse, a popular theatre in Toulouse. You can seek out the cycling trails while in the area.

Basilique Saint-Sernin
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Basilique Saint-Sernin

4.5/5(48 reviews)

Inspect the iconic organ and medieval altar and walk the passageways of one of the largest Romanesque structures in the world.

Top activities in Toulouse

Toulouse: Pastry-Making Class
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Toulouse: Pastry-Making Class

£71
Per adult
Life model drawing in an art studio
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Life model drawing in an art studio

£24
Per adult
Toulouse Historical Left Bank Walking Tour
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Toulouse Historical Left Bank Walking Tour

£24
Per adult
Toulouse historical walking tour
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Toulouse historical walking tour

£25
Per adult
Toulouse: 70-minute city tour by open-top minibus
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Toulouse: 70-minute city tour by open-top minibus

80% of travellers recommend
£18
Per adult
Half day tour to the Cité de Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi. From Toulouse.
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Half day tour to the Cité de Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi. From Toulouse.

£102
Per adult

Reviews of Toulouse

4.2

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 5, 2020

Toulouse is s great xity

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 16, 2019

The people are very welcoming and accommodating to foreigners but it is very helpful to know some French phrases. There is some great architecture and plenty of bars/restaurants offering French, Italian, Spanish and oriental/Asian food.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 3, 2019

I lived here for a year so can highly recommend it. It’s not got heaps of stuff to do but it’s a beautiful place to just walk / cycle around for a few days. Very French too!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 18, 2019

For a short break toulouse was perfect and would go back in a heartbeat. Beautiful city, lots of amazing restaurants and shopping as well as nice gardens, churches and monuments to see.

5/5 - Excellent

CB

Nov 2, 2019

A nice place .. enjoyed our visit to La Halle de la Machine, Le Minotaure was fantastic!!!!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Oct 29, 2019

Not many places to visit for pleasure

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