The Albi tourist office certified Tourism and Disability - 2024

Top 3 of your visits to Albi! The atmosphere can be discovered at the bend of a medieval street, a square, a sunny terrace. In all seasons, Albi invites you to stroll and marvel. Our disabled audiences can take the pulse of the city with complete peace of mind. Also come visit us at the Tourist Office, we will be delighted to share our good tips.

Visit the Toulouse-Lautrec museum 

By visiting the museum, you will first discover an emblematic monument of the city of Albi: the Palais de la Berbie. Built in the 13th century, it was once the residence of the city's bishops. This majestic monument steeped in several centuries of history is a true architectural feat! Once inside the palace, you immerse yourself in the incredible collection of the Toulouse-Lautrec museum with more than 1000 works by the artist born in Albi. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec gained worldwide fame for his posters, notably the iconic poster created for the Moulin Rouge show. His works also immortalize the life and spectacles of Belle-Époque Paris. We advise you to plan a 2-hour visit to admire the different rooms of the palace and all of the collections.

To get to the museum, via a level entrance: cross the large Place Sainte-Cécile to the entrance porch of the Palais de la Berbie, on the Place de l'Archevêché side, on the right. In summer, you also have the opportunity to discover the museum during an exciting guided tour organized in the afternoons in July and August. Book here! Reduced rate for a person with a disability and their companion. 

Sainte-Cecile Cathedral : unique !

Then it's time to visit THE emblematic monument of the city: the majestic Sainte-Cécile cathedral. The nave with the large choir is accessible to people in wheelchairs. Its massive and imposing appearance makes it a true fortress of the Catholic Church. It is also the largest brick cathedral in the world! A true masterpiece. We recommend a 1-hour visit to this monument. To enter the cathedral if you are in a wheelchair you will have to go through the north entrance of the monument (Place Monseigneur Mignot). Formerly this entrance was exclusively reserved for the bishop and religious people.

Once inside the cathedral, you will be struck by the richness of the decor. Take the time to observe the details of the paintings with the expressions of the characters. The closing of the large choir with its exceptional sculpted ensemble is also breathtaking. Look at how realistically the characters are depicted.

A little extra

In the cathedral you will also find a brand new chapel designed for people with visual disabilities. Free entry to the Grand Choir for a person with a disability and their companion

We also advise you to discover the cathedral during an exciting guided tour. Several themes are covered throughout the year. In July and August a classic 1h15 tour starts every day from the tourist office. For more information on guided tours of the cathedral click here. Reduced rate for a person with a disability and their companion. 

An event not to be missed: the unforgettable organ concerts 

Every Sunday morning at the end of mass but also during spring and summer concerts and during the feasts of Sainte-Cécile come and listen to the great organ of the cathedral. An unforgettable musical emotion. You will be amazed at the power of the instrument! 

Discover and stroll through the historic center 

You haven’t yet gone for a walk in the alleys of the historic center? Here is the opportunity!
If you are in a wheelchair, rest assured, even if the streets are lightly paved, you can discover a large part of the historic center. First of all, discover the pretty medieval neighborhoods around the cathedral. Typical and magnificently preserved, they are part of the perimeter of the city classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Walk along rue Sainte-Cécile, rue Mariès, rue Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec as well as rue du Castelviel, all of which have a slight slope.
> Please note: only the Saint-Salvi collegiate church with its cloister as well as the cloister square (behind the church) are not accessible to people in wheelchairs. 

Then go and discover the shopping part of the city. Take the opportunity to admire the beautiful facades and pretty Renaissance-style interior courtyards. Completely accessible, don't miss the courtyard of the Hôtel Reynès with its magnificent Italian-style loggia. By taking this walk you will certainly arrive at the main square of Vigan. Modern and entirely flat, it is perfectly suited to people in wheelchairs.

If you want to know more about the history of the city, we recommend a real journey back in time with a dramatized guided tour! Discover the streets of Albi in the 18th century, accompanied by none other than Mme Lapérouse, the wife of the famous Albigensian navigator. Book now for a unique experience immersed in the history of the city. Take advantage of a special reduced rate for people with disabilities 

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