Espace EDF Bazacle

Espace EDF Bazacle, Toulouse: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Espace EDF Bazacle Reviews: 4/5

Espace EDF Bazacle
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA18,131 contributions
There has been a ford here since before the Romans.
Oct 2019
The Espace EDF Bazacle is an interesting structure on the banks of the river Garonne, we had spotted the Weir and Hydroelectric building EDF while walking along the Doctor Charles Rose promenade on the far side of the river. |
Due to the hard bottom of the river and the shallowness of the water, there had been a ford here from Roman times until the Middle Ages, in fact the name Bazacle comes from the Latin for Little ford. In 1190 a dam was built to control the water and turn mill water wheels to grind corn, in 1250 the Bazacle Milling Company was formed. This company in 1890 built a hydroelectric power station, and sold electricity to the city of Toulouse, after WWII it was nationalized.
There is a free museum with information in English as well as French, where you can see old and modern turbines working, there is also a fish ladder in the river that allowing fish to swim through the weir, which can be seen from the outside area.
Just a short walk away on the Quai Saint Pierre are a number of small cafes perfect for taking a glass of wine and people watching.
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TIP: Downstairs at the Espace EDF Bazacle there are often art display's.
Written July 15, 2020
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PJandSJ
Matlock, UK1,237 contributions
Off the beaten track – physically and metaphorically
Sep 2019
Slightly off the beaten track, though not by much – just a 15 minute or so walk from Place du Capitole on the nearside bank of the Garonne, just beyond Pont Vieux. The site is an eclectic mixture of history, art, science and technology, but is well worth an hour or so of your time if you’re interested in the unusual. The origins of the site date back to the Middle Ages, but the site became a source of hydroelectric power for the city in the 19th century. It also houses various exhibitions from time to time.

At the time of our visit, there was an interactive, wide-ranging exhibition on “data”, which I found quite fascinating. It showed (real-time, if I remember correctly) graphical representations of power consumption patterns within the city – something that obviously related to the nature of the complex itself. But it also showed how data could be visually represented in totally unrelated fields – one that most interested me was an emotional analysis of US presidential inaugural addresses. It showed, for example, the varied emotional content (neutral, anger, joy, sorrow … etc.) of the speeches of several presidents. You could see – as a speech progressed – who was being largely positive and encouraging, and who was being predominantly negative and angry. And how the emotional content varied. I won’t spoil it by saying who was mostly angry (though one might hazard a fair guess …) – just go and explore it yourself (though do check if the exhibition is still on).

In comparison, the art exhibition on the lower floors was only of passing interest. And the working aspects of the site were also less interesting than the data exhibition. Still, it all made for an enjoyable hour or so.
Written October 1, 2019
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BlueBton
Wethersfield, UK231 contributions
Informative
Sep 2019
Another free attraction, this is a very interesting visit for all ages who are looking to expend their knowledge of energy and how things operate. Plenty of exhibits that have some working parts, with the information in English as well as French.
Written September 5, 2019
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Joffa S
Melbourne, Australia276 contributions
Lovely site
Aug 2019
Great views of this area by bridge or road or by walking around it. We found this whole area a nice place to relax and dawdle around and not hurry.
Written August 26, 2019
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Markdavin
Bristol, UK55 contributions
Just excellent
Jul 2019 • Friends
So interesting, super informative and also free! Great to see how fish passages work and also to see one working with fishing flying up and down the ladder weir. Very cool.
Written July 26, 2019
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helga_lm
Bogota, Colombia93 contributions
Great view!!
Jul 2019 • Friends
I loved this place, has a very beautiful view overlooking the river. There's also a nice café nearby. I went during the summer and it was very nice, there's a small pasarelle and you can walk very close to the river.
Written July 24, 2019
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL19,064 contributions
A little stinky
Jul 2019 • Couples
We loved the views of the bridges, but didnt care much for the smells coming from the river. It definitely feels a little bit like a sewage plant.
Written July 11, 2019
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Goannas
Comet, Qld1,635 contributions
Interesting museum and great views
Mar 2019 • Friends
This was our last stop today. I enjoyed this history of the use of the river and the weir and I enjoyed the views here as well. Worth a visit for something a bit different.
Written June 18, 2019
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Diana Rambles
Downs, IL303 contributions
Interesting Place
Oct 2018 • Couples
Interesting hydro electric plant that is open to the public for free. The Terrace has a great view of the river. There is an interesting art display downstairs.
Written October 24, 2018
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Rhodesey123
London, UK88 contributions
Toulouse Hydroelectric
Jul 2018 • Family
First off, it is free so that’s a good start. It’s also in quite a nice part of town on the river, away from other attractions. It’s a self guided tour and it is in English and describes how France generates its hydroelectricity - there is also a bit about how the fish navigate up the weir using the fish ladder and a porthole where you can see them - I was amazed that I did actually see a fish given the current in the water. There are nice views over the river and the weir, also to the south bank. In the summer (2018), they also had loungers and seats on a terrace overlooking the river - part of Toulouse plage.

Worth a visit if you have time and gets you to a different part of town.
Written July 29, 2018
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