Tarn places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Tarn department of Midi-Pyrenees. See also our Tarn travel guide


photo of Albi

Albi is quite a remarkable town, with a substantial and beautiful centre and sensational views across the river below. Very recommended!

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Albi cathedral

photo of Albi cathedral

Albi cathedral is remarkable for its brick exterior, and the large area of renaissance painting in the interior

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Brassac (Tarn)

photo of Brassac (Tarn)

The highlight in the centre of Brassac in the Tarn department is certainly the beautiful old bobbled bridge

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photo of Castelnau-de-Montmiral

The central square of Castelnau-de-Montmiral with its medieval buildings, and the views from its hilltop location, together make it very worthy of a visit

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photo of Castres

While not an important tourist destination, Castres has a pleasant town centre and an interesting Goya Museum to visit

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photo of Cordes-sur-Ciel

Cordes is certainly one of the most beautiful towns in France with a great deal of natural and historic beauty - and rather a lot of tourists!

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photo of Gaillac

The historic centre of Gaillac and its riverside position make Gaillac a very enjoyable small town to discover

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photo of Giroussens

Giroussens is a pretty village and home to a ceramic centre and lovely garden

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photo of Lautrec

Lautrec is a small village, but both the views and the intereting historic buildings make it very pleasant to explore

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photo of Lavaur

Lavaur is a pretty red brick town in the Tarn department of France

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photo of Lisle-sur-Tarn

Lisle-sur-Tarn is a pretty village on the banks of the Tarn river.

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photo of Monesties

There is much more to discover in Monesties than you would expect in such a small village, such as a Mise au Tombeau in the chapel and an ancient hump-backed bridge

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photo of Puycelsi

We particularly enjoyed the walk around the ramaparts in Puycelsi, one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'

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photo of Realmont

Realmont is very typical of the bastide towns to be found throughout the Tarn department

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photo of Soreze

The abbey-school and numerous ancient colombage houses are among the interesting finds in the village of Soreze

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The Jardin des Martels

photo of The Jardin des Martels

The Jardins des Martels is a beautiful garden and mini-farm near Toulouse.

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photo of Vieux

The small village of Vieux was once one of the most important pilgrimage towns in the region

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For more information see the Tarn guide


Market towns & days in Tarn

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Albi: Wednesday & Tuesday all day & Saturday all day
Carmaux: Friday
Castres: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday
Cordes-sur-Ciel: Saturday & Saturday
Gaillac: Friday
Graulhet: Thursday & Sunday
Labastide-Rouairoux: Thursday
Labruguiere: Friday
Lavaur: Saturday
Lisle-sur-Tarn: Sunday
Mazamet: Tuesday & Sunday & Saturday
Puylaurens: Wednesday
Rabastens: Saturday
Realmont: Wednesday
Saint-Juery: Thursday
Saint-Paul-Cap-de-Joux: Tuesday
Saint-Sulpice: Wednesday

Tourist attractions to visit in Tarn

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Albi: Tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Jardin de l'Évêché

Jardin de Paradis

Jardin des Martels

Jardin du palais de la Berbie

Parc Rochegude

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Gaillac: Tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Episcopal City, Albi: Tourist guide

Rabastens église Notre-Dame-du-Bourg (monuments on French pilgrim routes)