Harry's Free Tour

Duration: 3h
Languages: English
Guru: Harry
Quality Verified Registered on September 02, 2019

Hi, I'm the guy that'll show you the fun things that there are to do in Toulouse, and will share with you the dramatic events that have occurred and not just the dry boring history. I am a writer, researcher, barman, quizmaster and history fanatic. 18 years ago I moved from Edinburgh to Toulouse, that's from Rain and Whisky to Sun and Swimming Pools. And no, as much as I miss my people, I've never, ever regretted the decision. I love this place, I love how alive it is, and always has been. And, if you let me show it to you, you will too.

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Tour description

So, you understand English, like the "Free Tour" format and are in Toulouse, most likely on Vacation. You'll be looking for me then! ;)
I've lived here 20 years now and have spent quite a lot of that time trying to write an Historical Fiction of this city. What does that mean for you? It means I've studied its History with a passion and have always regarded its Historical events through the lens of "How could this event best be told in narrative form?" Which is what I do. I tell stories. True stories of things that actually happened here in Toulouse. But stories, nevertheless.

On this Tour you you will see…

  • Place du Capitole
  • Rue Saint Rome
  • Hotel Assezat
  • Pont Neuf
  • La Daurade and la Basilique
  • Les Jacobins
  • Rue de Taur
  • La Basilica St Sernin

And, although the History stuff does tend to wander I try to make its telling as linear as possible.

I will cover… 

  • Medieval Toulouse
  • The Cathars
  • The Albigensian Crusade
  • The Inquisition
  • The Canal du Midi
  • The Revolution in Toulouse
  • The Great Flood of 1875
  • and a lot more…

Things like the Capitouls, the Troubadours and their influence, a bit of the Ligne Aeropostale, some Martydom by Bull, the Resistance and all the fun of the Black Plague.
I won't leave you ignorant either as to where is best to eat and drink in town and what other things there are to do. I always try my best but constrained as I am by the limitations of time and geography I cannot cover everything I would like. 
Most notably lacking from my Tour will be mention of Toulouse's Blue Dye Trade, the rebellion of the Huguenots and a visit to the Cathedral. There is (of course) lots of other stuff I have to leave out but these three pain me the most. Sorry.   

P.S.  In the summer I tend to open up some afternoon tours. These are less reliable than the morning tours. If you book an afternoon tour understand that it may get  cancelled if it gets too hot.  Around 35c is ok with a bit of wind but from around 38c or over the tour is probabaly going to be cancelled a couple of days before. With that kind of heat we'd all just be feeling like rotisserie chickens anyway! It's no fun. Those are the kind of days where you want to find a cocktail and some air conditioning.

I look forward to seeing you on the Tour.

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  • Meeting point:
    Pl. Saint-Sernin, 31000 Toulouse, France
    Pl. Saint-Sernin, 31000 Toulouse, France
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    I'll be in a hat and the Hawaiian shirt waiting across the street from the cafe "Les Delices de Saturnin." I will be standing in the grounds of the Basilica Saint-Sernin at the point where where rue Saint- Bernard joins Place Saint-Sernin. Type "Harry's Free Tour Toulouse" into google if you require a GPS pin. If you can see doors into the Basilica then you are in the WRONG place. The Cafe "Les Delices de Saturnin" is across the street from the rdv and is open every day from 8 if you want to arrive early and grab a coffee or if you need to hide from the rain.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Rodrigo 26 Nov 2022
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
Probably one of the best walking tours we have ever taken! Full of history with a lot of humour. 100% recommend!
Ales... 21 Nov 2022
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Travelled alone - Nov 2022
Amazing tour with Harry with his funny, irreverent and entraining style. Recommended
Sukhi 21 Nov 2022
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
Harry is a great your guide, so much knowledge of the city and its hitory. He was fun and imformative and despite the awful rain the 3 hour tour was great. We really enjoyed this tour with Harry , yes it may seem long but Harry makes it so worthwhile with his wit and humour. Highly recommend.
Thomas 20 Nov 2022
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Travelled in group - Aug 2022
Harry is very enthusiastic and knowledgable. An excellent tour - highly recommended to understand the history of Toulouse, definitely worth your time.
Giov... 20 Nov 2022
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Travelled in group - Nov 2022
This was the best walking tour we've ever been on. Harry was super engaging, funny, knowledgeable. We could tell he loves his job. We had no idea we could learn so much from Toulouse, he can explain to you from medieval era to the present day. These were pretty pleasureble 3 hours. This walking tour is a MUST if you're heading to Toulouse. Thank you so much Harry, best wishes from the Brazilians.
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 12 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 4 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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