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- I peaked in the building, but the importance of Le Capitole to me is the huge square in front of the building which fills up with outdoor cafe seating, a market, street performers, and le monde. For the price of a beer or glass of wine or lemonade, you can enjoy the action.Written April 22, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- If you're in Toulouse this is a must see. Even if you don't go inside, take some time to walk around the structure and marvel at the architecture. I would recommend you go in and take in the amazing art and that same architecture from within. There is a lot to see here, so take some time and walk around. The crypt houses remains of a number of saints and while not being remotely Catholic I still found it incredibly interesting. If you are of the Catholic faith I would think this would count as a kind of pilgrimage. An easy walk from anywhere within the city center and one of many reasons to visit the old town if you're in Toulouse or the area.Written May 14, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A little piece of Japan; beautiful done. Small lake with goldfishes, surrounded with many different plants and trees.Written April 24, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I'm not sure how much I can add to other reviews other than to endorse that what they say is true. This is an immense and incredibly beautiful building and certainly worth the trip if you're in Toulouse or nearby. My favorite part of visiting old churches like this is the opportunity to see the artwork within, set in its intended environment. Church of Les Jacobins provides this along with the beautiful architecture of the arches. Tours are available, but we did fine without one. As others mention, the small fee to visit the cloisters is well spent for a view of some smaller chapels and the beautiful garden.Written May 14, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Very good entertainment for a family with small kids. The museum fee includes a visit to the botanical garden as well. The garden is not too big, but nice, they have sections like herbal plants, carnivorous plants, tropical area etc.. The museum itself is big, if I am not mistaken 3 floors with many permanent exhibitions. It was interesting for my 8-year-old (skeletons, fossils, planets…) and my 2-year-old was also entertained with many built-in screens and window boxes built into the floor (screen showing random animals, or the scenes looking like a river or lava, etc.) and both of them enjoyed the interactive stuff (listening to different animal sounds, little games, touching some things.)
You can easily spend a couple hours here, it is stroller-friendly (although I believe a sign said that the temporary shows cannot be visited with it). The signs were unfortunately only in French.
The park where it is situated is great with a nice big playground.Written April 20, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The bridge is just a bridge, although certainly a remarkable one. The area around it is very nice with lots of cafes and shops. I recommend walking down the ramp to the waterfront and reading the history of the area, it's a lovely testament to the will of the people of Toulouse to preserve this area. Certainly worth the walk/bus ride if you're in Toulouse.Written May 14, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This 13th-century Dominican monastery, church, cloister, and tower bell are a unique and wonderful complex in the heart of Toulouse, and one of its main tourist attractions. If there is one of them that truly reflects the spirit of this place, it is the magnificent cloister, in which the court center is surrounded by twin columns with marble decorated capitals. It gives the entire setting a reflective mood, a place where dedicated scholars, monks, and preachers have found peace of mind and spiritual harmony. Walking around the court one can only marvel at those anonymous craftsmen of the 13th century who could design and build such an architectural gem. Another must-see attraction for any visitor to Toulouse. A real treat to body and soul.Written November 23, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The Théâtre du Capitole, one of France's most prestigious opera venues, is located in the same building as city hall, and the Orchestra national du Capitole de Toulouse. The Capitole with its 28m-long façade was built in the 1750s, using the beautiful pink & white local brick to achieve this architectural wonder. There are 8 columns, representing the original 8 "capitouls" or city magistrates, dating back to the 12th Century, installed either side of the grand entrance.
In the late-19th-century Salle des Illustres (Hall of the Illustrious) was added. In 1995 automobiles were banned, making the square a pedestrian walkway (there is a Metro stop hear by!) complete with beautiful in/outdoor cafes, and a weekly market.
To gain entrance you have to go to the middle of the Capitoluim, where all the flags are flying. After a brief security check, walk through the court yard and the theatre du Capitole is on the second floor. As we climb up the main hall stairwell we were impressed with the unparalleled beauty, of the frescos on the ceilings and walls. There are many paintings in different styles, and local artist Henri Martin has quite a collection of large murals on display. The first performance in the theater was in 1736 by Guillaume Cammas. But it was not popular and the theater fell into neglect, it was revamped in 1818, But suffered major fire damage during the 1914-1918 war and was rebuilt in 1923. Today the reception area was modernized in 1996 and seating be made for 1156 seats.
TIP: Go early in the morning while the light is just right and no tourist to spoil your photos.Written August 18, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Walking along the river gives a relaxing experience and enjoyable views. We noticed there was a boat and decided to take that. It was a pleasant ride.Written July 5, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Stunning garden with chickens, duck and geese running around. There is a playground that is entertaining for a wide age range, tiny-tiny things for like 1 year-olds to challenging climbing things for up to maybe preteen age.Written April 20, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This beautiful museum is housed in the 13th -century Monastry and cloister of the Augustine monks and is located at the heart of the city. The red-tiled building is an architectural gem itself. When we visited in the first week of November there was an ongoing exhibition of Theodule Ribot, a French artist of the 19th century. The exhibition was interesting, however, the main attraction in my view is the magnificent building itself and its rich history. Due to its central location and convenient access, it should definitely be on the "must-see" list of every visitor to Toulouse. The admission fee is euro 6.- per person.Written November 22, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Learning that there wasn’t much to do outside of Toulouse, we focused within the city. A quick search turned up this museum which is right up my alley. Only a few miles from our Airbnb, we opted to drive. Parking is free, but the entrance fee was a little stiff. This place is aimed at children, but ticks all the boxes for the little kid in all of us. Most of the exhibits are hands-on, but some of the installations are impressive. Full scale replicas of important space equipment such as the Mir space station, Arianne V payload rockets, etc. Add in a 3D Imax movie on asteroids and you’ve got a good park. RecommendedWritten October 15, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- While on a walking tour of Toulouse we were introduced to the Bemberg Foundation art gallery in the refurbished Hôtel d’Assezat, were it has been housed since 1994.
The gallery is home to not only major European private collections, but also the personal collection of the wealthy Argentine Georges Bemberg, who donated paintings, drawings, sculptures, ancient books and furniture, and for whom the Collection is named after.
TIP: If you are not interested in art, at least check out the Hôtel d’Assezat court yard. (Its Free)Written August 10, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The Garonne river in Toulouse offers nice walks along the banks with amazing views on brick-made historical buildings both at night and during daytime. It’s also an opportunity to learn a lot about the history of the city that was organized around the river.Written November 13, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Frequently Asked Questions about Toulouse
- The best day trips from Toulouse according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Cité de Carcassonne and Canal du Midi Private Half Day Tour from Toulouse
- Puycelsi, Bruniquel, Castelnau, Saint Antonin Private Tour from Toulouse
- Albi, Cordes and Gaillac Day Tour from Toulouse
- Lourdes Day Tour from Toulouse
- Day tour to Toulouse and the Canal du Midi. Private tour from Carcassonne.