Not-to-be-missed

Massey Gardens

Placide Massey (1777–1853), the king’s landscape gardener, donated this extraordinary garden, classified a ‘Remarkable Garden’, to Tarbes. Come and take a stroll around the colourful flower beds for a round-the-world tour of the most decorative tree species.
Jardin Massey - Le musee Massey

Massey Gardens is the favourite garden among the locals of Tarbes

A haven of peace in the town centre!

This wonderful 11-hectare garden is a must-see while you’re in Tarbes! It was created by local of Tarbes, Placide Massey, steward for Queen Hortense of Holland and Director of the vegetable garden at the Château de Versailles.

The whole family will enjoy exploring the variety of tree species, the cloister with 40 arches and historiated capitals, the majestic alleys, the water flowing through the entire park and the scent of a thousand flowers!

Massey Gardens is a beautiful place in any season, and it is the ideal place to take a break or enjoy the entertainment organised in the summer.

 

Little architectural curiosities to admire as you stroll around the gardens:

The remarkable Moorish-style tower at Musée Massey
The cloister, a section of which is in New York
The romantic ‘Orangerie’!

The children’s area…

Playground, maze, refreshment bar and lots of little animals
running around to discover and learn while having fun!

A return to childhood for adults and a magical journey for children…
What child doesn’t dream of going to play and run around in the playgrounds
public gardens with their friends?
Let’s go for hours of fun, punctuated by a tasty snack
under the trees!
Your children will also be delighted to rub shoulders with the majestic peacocks
and cheerful ducks along the paths…
Will they be lucky enough to cross paths with adventurous little squirrels
playing hide and seek among the hundred-year-old trees?

Whether you are with family or friends, take a break at the refreshment bar for a drink.
to have a drink on the terrace and admire the majestic nature
that surrounds you…

Le coin des enfants Jardin Massey ©Tarbes Tourisme
Jardin Massey - Le musee Massey

Unmissable

Musée Massey houses the Musée International des Hussards and the Musée des Beaux-Arts

Your exploration of the gardens will naturally lead you to the Musée Massey, an ancient Moorish-style building with observation tower overlooking the Pyrenees, and a modern art and history museum.

Step inside to see a unique collection that showcases the international history of the Hussars, as well as a fine arts collection, and a themed visitor’s tour of European paintings from the 15th to the 20th century.

Opening hours:

From Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 5:30pm
North-side entrance to Massey Gardens (Rue Achille Jubinal)

Added bonus

Horse-drawn carriage rides from April to October

You’ll enjoy this atypical and educational ride
through the gardens, to the clippety-clopping of the horses’ hooves!
Philippe Daunis and his horses will be waiting for you near Musée Massey
for this highly enjoyable experience with family or friends!

Rides available in the afternoons on Wednesdays and at weekends
and every day during the French school holidays
In July and August, every day from 6pm to 8pm and Sunday afternoons

 

On the 5th May this year, Massey Gardens featured on French TV channel TF1!

One of the most beautiful gardens in France is right here in Tarbes!
We’re talking about Massey Gardens, classified a ‘Remarkable Garden’, and we invite you to come and rediscover this relaxing and magical place.
The gardens are beautiful in any season, thanks to the hard work from the landscape gardeners who work there every day.
Here’s the proof in images, thanks to the feature story that was shown during the lunchtime news report on TV channel TF1 on the 5th May this year!

Watch the feature story

Jardin Massey - Le coin des enfants

Opening hours

From the 1st November to 1st March: 8am to 6pm
From the 2nd to the 31st March: 8am to 7pm
From the 1st April to the 14th June: 8am to 8pm
From the 15th June to the 15th August: 7am to 9pm
From the 16th August to the 30th September: 8am to 8pm
From the 1st October to the last Saturday in October: 8am to 7pm

Contact details

Place Henri Borde
65000 TARBES

 

Tarbes Tourisme - Icone Accès Handicapés

Disabled access: YES

Tarbes Tourisme - Icone vélos acceptés

Bicycles welcome: NO

Tarbes Tourisme - Icone Animaux acceptés

Pets welcome: NO

Prices

Entrance is free-of-charge