The « Maison de la Violette » is located on the Canal du Midi, Toulouse, in front of the Matabiau railway station.

Come and discover why Toulouse is called the City of Violets. On board this authentic narrow boat, we will let you discover the history of this little flower, which gives the fame of Toulouse since 1850. This original place offers an exhibition site and a shop where you can find our tasty creations, perfumes, souvenirs from Toulouse. A special tearoom offers you a tasty resting place with pleasant colours and savours. On summer time, our terrace on the top deck becomes a tearoom and reading corner.


From Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 7pm

Closed on Sunday and Monday in November and from January to March

Open during the yearly European Heritage Days (in September) and some public holidays (indicated on our website and calendar.)


We are located on the Canal du Midi, near the railway station and the media library, at the top of Jean Jaures Avenue.

In front of the 3 boulevard Bonrepos, 31000 Toulouse

Subway : Marengo stop, line A

Bus: Riquet stop, bus N° 14,22,23, 27, 37

Car parks: Marengo station, Media Library

The narrow boat history

The VULCAIN narrow boat, named since July 2000, « La Maison de la Violette », has been launched in Bordeaux on September 30th, 1930 by the Shell Company to carry oil. This boat had a 125 tons tank and could navigate on the Canal des Deux Mers: loaded in Bordeaux, it unloaded the oil near Sete, on the Mediterranean Sea.

In the 60’s, it was retired and was replaced by tanker, faster than boats.

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VULCAIN, named « Maison de la Violette »

Launched in Bordeaux 30th September 1930

Owner : Shell French company

Allocated to goods shipping: self-propelled barge


Lenght : 29,6O meters

Width : 5,10 meters

Height : 2,10 meters

First narrow boat to be motorized

Steel,average thickness of 8mm

Unladen weight : 100tons

Full loaded weight : 199 tons

Activities and workshop on board

As seasons go by, the activity on board varies. The access is free and we suggest for young and old, some tasting, garden workshop, exhibitions, cooking advices. We can welcome groups from 15 people on appointment.

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Please come and discover the Violet of Toulouse, in all its forms, in a unique place in Toulouse.

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