The Palace Gardens

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The Berbie Episcopal Palace adjoins the powerful Saint Cecilia's cathedral. A magnificent garden, classed as a remarkable garden, hides behind this building with its massive, military appearance: the Palace gardens They are one of the most visited locations in the city.


The episcopal fortress has been converted over the centuries into a residence fit for a prince. The former arms store became a pleasure garden under orders from the first archbishop of Albi, Hyacinthe Serroni, following a design for French style gardens. The curtains, a former walkway were modified and transformed into a shaded walk. A panoramic view opens on to the banks of the river Tarn below, the Pont-vieux, the old windmills and the Madeleine district on the right bank of the Tarn.


The gardens of the Berbie Palace are characteristic of the classic gardens : boxwood arabesques on a bed of white gravel, accompanied simply in summer by a quality floral display. One of the City’s gardeners works there. He is responsible for the organic maintenance, as any chemical treatment is prohibited, pruning the gardens and the summer flowering.

The gardens are classified as remarkable gardens.

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panoramic terrace is very easily accessed and affords a view of the whole garden and the Madeleine district on the right bank of the Tarn, named after the church that was built there in the 19th century. Looking back, a view of the cathedral gives the impression of total power, the walls rising 40m in height, the bell tower, 78m Breathtaking !


  • Access is free
  • October - March: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • 1st April - 30th September 8:00am - 7:00pm