Things to do in Toulouse

Our most recommended things to do in Toulouse

Toulouse City Card

1. Toulouse City Card

Enjoy free entry to museums and monuments in Toulouse city center, and benefit from a host of other offers by participating partners with a Toulouse City Card. Get around and about stress-free with complimentary travel on the local public transport network, including the metro, trams, bus network and airport shuttle bus. Benefit from additional discounts at many of the city's top tourist sites and in a number of shops. Cruise along the Garonne River or the Canal du Midi with Bateaux Toulousains, or get a different perspective from the Tourist Train. The personalised card is available for 24, 48 or 72-hour periods and must be validated prior to accessing the platform when using the metro and every time you board a tram, bus or the airport shuttle bus. Present it upon entry at all partner sites to take advantage of the included offer. Toulouse City Card Partners Museums: • Toulouse Museum and gardens - Free • Musée des Abattoirs - Free • Musée des Augustins - Free • Musée Saint-Raymond - Free • Musée Paul-Dupuy - Free • Musée Georges-Labit - Free • Musée du Vieux-Toulouse - Free • Fondation Bemberg - Free • Le Château d'Eau - Free • Muséum du Pastel (Terre de Pastel) - Free • Quai des Savoirs - Free • MATOU - Free • Musée des Augustins (closed until spring 2020) - Free Monuments and Heritage Sites: • Couvent des Jacobins - Free • Amphithéâtre Romain de Purpan - Free • Ancienne Eglise Saint-Pierre-des-Cuisines - Free • Déambulatoire et Crypte de Saint-Sernin - Free Industrial, Aeronautical and Spatial Sightseeing: • Cité de l'Espace - 15% discount • Let's Visit Airbus Aéroscopia museum - 10% discount (booking required) • Industrial, Aeronautical and Spatial Sightseeing: La Halle de la Machine : -1€ discount • Industrial, Aeronautical and Spatial Sightseeing: L'Envol des Pionniers : -1€ discount Tours and Cruises: • Tourist Office guided tours: 1 free walking tour • Tourist Trains - 20% discount • Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour - 20% discount • Cruises on the Garona River or Canal du Midi with Les Bateaux Toulousains - 20% discount • Boat Restaurant - €10 discount on O Toulouse Menu; €5 discount on Menu Occitania • Excursions in the region with City Tour Sud Ouest - €3 discount • Segway Toulouse or Loisirs Mobilboard - 10% discount Shows and Leisure Activities: • N5 Wine Bar - 10% discount (minimum €20 charge on your card) • Zoo African Safari - €3 off full price • National Theater of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées (TNT) - €6 off full price • Cinémathèque de Toulouse - €1 off full price • Toulouse Olympique XIII - buy one, get one free • Stade Toulousain - 15% off normal adult rate • Calicéo Toulouse - 2 hours for €2 or a full day for €5 less Shopping: • Tourism Office and museum boutiques - 15% discount • Terre de Pastel - 10% discount • Maison de la Violette - 10% discount (excluding tea products) • Graines de Pastel - 10% discount • Violettes et Pastels - 10% discount on the Violet and Pastel ranges • Les Trésors de la Violette - 10% discount on the Violet range • Toulouse Olympique XIII - 10% discount at the Arnauné shop Practical Services: • Banque Travelex - 3% on rates Transport: • Free travel on the buses • Free travel on the metro • Free travel on the trams • Free airport shuttle

Toulouse: Carcassonne Day Trip

2. Toulouse: Carcassonne Day Trip

If you're staying in Toulouse and want to discover the Cité de Carcassonne, the Comtal Castle, the Saint Nazaire Basilica and more historical highlights, this is the perfect day tour for you. Located 1 hour from Toulouse, Carcassonne is one of the 25 great sites of Midi-Pyrénées. In Cathar country and at the heart of the fortified city, you can discover the Château of the Counts of Carcassonne and the Remparts, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will departure from Toulouse at 9:30AM (check-in is at 9:15AM), with a planned arrival in Carcassonne at 10:30AM.  Following your day of discovery, you will depart from Carcassonne at 4:30PM, with a planned return to Toulouse at 5:30PM.

Excursion Albi Cathédrale Sainte Cécile and Cordes Sur Ciel

3. Excursion Albi Cathédrale Sainte Cécile and Cordes Sur Ciel

Set out from Toulouse to discover Albi, the Sainte Cécile Cathedral, and the Toulouse Lautrec Museum or the medieval city of Cordes sur Ciel with round trip bus transportation. In Albi you can admire the many architectural gems, including the Sainte Cécile Cathedral. Visit the Toulouse Lautrec Museum, located in the Palace of Bishops. Near to Albi, you can also explore the enchanting city of Cordes-sur-Ciel. Its Gothic architecture holds the secrets to many legends. During your free time here, you can stroll through the cobbled streets of the city. Return transport is included in the tour package, but once in the cities you will be free to explore at your own pace without a guide. The tour departs Toulouse at 9:30am and returns back around 6:30pm.

Toulouse: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Audio Tour

4. Toulouse: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Audio Tour

Get to know Toulouse at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts. Visit the important Basilique Saint-Sernin and Couvent des Jacobins, walk through Grand Rond and admire Saint Stephen’s Cathedral. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Toulouse’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. Start your tour at the much-photographed Basilique Saint-Sernin de Toulouse. Visit the architecturally exemplary church of Notre Dame du Taur, while the Place du Capitole will give you a taste of downtown life. Take a photo at the Pont Neuf Toulouse, which will amaze you with its view, and indulge in the beauty of the exhibits of the Musée des Augustins. Visit the incomparably beautiful Cathédrale Saint Etienne. Pass through a Grand Rond with a unique experience of relaxation in the chaos of the city. Admire the famous University of Toulouse and marvel at Saint-Exupère with its rich exterior and interior.

Languedoc: Tour and Tasting at Domaine de Baronarques

5. Languedoc: Tour and Tasting at Domaine de Baronarques

Dive into centuries of winemaking tradition with a tour of the Domaine de Baronaques. Acquired by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and her 2 sons in 1998, the vineyard has been in existence since the 17th century, when it was under the possession of the Abbey de Saint-Polycarpe. Across over 270 acres of lush vineyards, experience the raw materials that coalesce to form a wine celebrated across the globe. After arrival at the vineyard, you'll tour the vat-house and barrel-room where wines are fermented and aged, and see the 19th-century French Château, nestled into a tree-covered hill. After the tour, you will have the opportunity to taste the 3 wines produced at the Domaine de Baronaques: Grand Vin Rouge, La Capitalle de Baronarques, and Grand Vin Blanc.

Toulouse: Pub Crawl Tour with a Guide

6. Toulouse: Pub Crawl Tour with a Guide

During the evening, you will be led by a guide to 3 different bars and club where you will have 3 free shots and discounts on drinks. In each place, you will do cool activities and the most important : meet a bunch of new people coming from all over the world participating to the Pub Crawl. Once you arrive at the meeting point, you will be able to discover 2 bars and 1 nightclub to dance all night long. Each place has its own personalized atmosphere you will love. This is the best way to discover the greatest nightlife city of France.

Welcome to Toulouse: Private Walking Tour with a Local

7. Welcome to Toulouse: Private Walking Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Toulouse from a local host eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city with all the information you need.

Toulouse: Old Town City Exploration Game

8. Toulouse: Old Town City Exploration Game

Play a city game that will take you around the old town of Toulouse while having fun exploring all of the city’s cultural highlights. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. As you solve the problems and guess the answers, the secret story of each site will be unlocked. Receive all the instructions via email after booking, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. The game will take you about 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit which will allow you to go at your own pace.

Bordeaux to Dordogne: Castles & Villages Private Tour

9. Bordeaux to Dordogne: Castles & Villages Private Tour

Enjoy a private full-day tour of Dordogne and discover the history of the King’s Musketeers, learn about Eleanor of Aquitaine, and visit prehistoric cave paintings. After the pick-up from your hotel in Bordeaux, Sarlat, Limoges, Toulouse, Agen Bergerac, or elsewhere nearby, you will head off on an exciting day filled with history, magnificent panoramic vistas, the finest gastronomy, and wine tasting. Whatever you desire can be incorporated into this private tailor-made tour. One of the places you can visit on this tour is Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, a lovely town which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site partly because of its proximity to the famous Lascaux Caverns and partly because of the newer site of Grottes de Cougnac. Here you can visit the caves and see the original art. Les Eyzies is also home to the National Prehistoric Museum. You also have the option of visiting Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of the most attractive and alluring medieval towns in south-western France. The town was developed around a large Benedictine abbey of Carolingian origin. Its town center of impeccably restored stone buildings – now a pedestrian zone – is perhaps the most representative of 14th century France. Discover another UNESCO World Heritage Site – Château de Rocamadour – perched up high on the side of a gorge of one of the Dordogne River’s tributaries, famous for its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. You can also explore the Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, with magnificent views over the landscape. Among other castles you can visit is the Château de Beynac, one of the best preserved and best known castles in the Dordogne region. Its austere appearance perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town on the north bank of the Dordogne River over the sheer cliff face. It boasts double crenelated walls, double barbican, and double moats, one of which was a deepened natural ravine. Another castle to visit is the Château des Milandes, once the home of the Josephine Baker, an American dancer, singer, and actress who found fame in her adopted homeland of France. Josephine Baker and her husband renovated this beautiful castle, installing central heating, electricity, and running water. They lived here with 12 adopted children from 9 different nationalities to create what they tenderly call the “World Village”. You can also explore Domme, another typically charming Bastide village built on the cliffs overhanging the Dordogne River. It was here that many of the Kinghts Templar were imprisoned and you can still see some of their graffiti on the tower gates. Another option on this tour is to visit the Jardins de Marqueyssac, an amazing garden filled with topiary creation and a picturesque promenade with panoramic views over the Dordogne River. Visit the Eyrignac gardens, the French garden inspired by the 18th century Italian design. They were entirely modified into an English romantic garden in the 19th century. On this private tour you also have the possibility of visiting Chateau de Commarque, Chateau de Jumilhac, Monpazier, Puymartin, Eyrignac, Monbazillac, La Roque Gageac, Montfort, and Salignac.

Toulouse: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour

10. Toulouse: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour

Explore the historic city of Toulouse with a guide on a tour that can be customized for your convenience, and get information about the sights you will see along the way. Start with a visit to the Basilica of Saint-Sernin, constructed in a Romanesque style between 1080 and 1120. Marvel at the quality of the many sculptures at the largest remaining Romanesque building in Europe, and discover why it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list as part of the "World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela" in 1998. Then, visit the large brick building of the Church of the Jacobins, built over a century in the Gothique Méridional (southern Gothic) style. Learn how it received the body of Thomas Aquinas (Saint Thomas D'Aquino) from Pope Urban V in 1368 to encourage pilgrims and the up-keep of the church. Hear how it was used by Napoleon as a stable for his horses during his war campaigns. Next, visit Hôtel d'Assézat before ending at the Capitole de Toulouse. Admire the 8 columns of the marble facade, built according to plans by Guillaume Cammas Caunes-Minervois to symbolize the first 8 sheriffs of Toulouse.

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What people are saying about Toulouse

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 525 reviews

The main thing is that it made me take a tour big enough to see a lot of the city. You have to enter all the churches because they have a lot of history and are very beautiful. I would only add, as an option, more info within each destination, since architecture, paintings, etc. have many interpretations that one does not know about, even more so if one does not speak French. Some churches have screens and posters in Spanish but in Una they showed a documentary video that made me realize that I was missing a lot of art history and I had time to listen to it even if it was

Excellent excursion. It was fulfilled in a timely manner with what was offered. Very friendly office staff and bus driver. Only warning: in Cordes-sur-Ciel have good athletic condition or opt for the tourist train. The ascent is hard. It's also worth it. Not to be missed if you are in Toulouse

My tour with Denise was great! she has lots of fun facts about Toulouse and gives great advice on where to eat, where to shop, and where to visit. I am very glad to have had her as my guide.

Some museums are under renovation during my trip but this pass is a convenient choice for the visit in town.

Great way to get out of the city and see local surroundings.