Palais Garnier
Palais Garnier
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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This opulent 19th-century opera house is known for its magnificent interiors and the amazing performances by the Paris Opera Ballet.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • mfilcol2014
    Lisbon, Portugal1,768 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    The Paris opera, the Palacio Garnier is the most beautiful opera in the world without a doubt. A must see in Paris. Fabulous interior and exterior. If it is wonderful on the outside, its interior is extraordinary. There are no words to describe so much richness and opulence. Don't miss the visit. I was only sorry for not being able to attend any show
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Elizabeth
    Kansas City, Kansas86 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent opera house
    We visited on a Friday at 3:00pm since we were walking through the neighborhood. Only about a 5 minute wait to buy tickets on site. 15 euro/person >11yo for a self guided tour. This magnificent opera house opened in 1875. It was very beautiful, but we walked through and were done in about 20min. It was very hot & crowded inside. The price seemed high for a self guided tour. I would have rather seen a show but none were available during our time in Paris. Despite the price & heat it was worth seeing.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • CAGTexas
    Lubbock, Texas4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unexpected gem!
    We didn't have time to go to Versailles, so I thought this would be a good substitute for our young adult children's first visit to Paris. It was my first time here, as well, and we absolutely loved it! My 18 year old daughter said it was her favorite thing in Paris that we visited, she thought it was so beautiful. We were even able to see the performance hall, even though we didn't expect to. The ceiling was just amazing! Would definitely recommend this as a less-frequented place to visit. We were able to buy tickets on the spot, no line, at about 4pm on a Wednesday.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Keith C
    Huntingdon, United Kingdom711 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great architecture
    Booked to see inside Opera house. Although we turned up 2 hours early than scheduled they let us in. Fabulous building in particular the Grand Foyer and the staircase from the lower floor
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 August 2023
  • JRM
    Penetanguishene, Canada107 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Treasure of Paris
    One of the many treasures of Paris. The exterior is impressive and majestic while the interior is simply awesome. The only downside of the visit (at least the one we had) was that the auditorium itself was off limits. I suppose they have their reasons; still, it should have been easy enough to allow a viewing of it from some harmless vantage point. The Palais Garnier is Belle Epoque from top to bottom. It serves as a reminder (as if one is needed), that Paris is one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 September 2023
  • Tubbytummy
    London, United Kingdom629 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building, skip tour
    We had booked a tour of Opera. We had electronic e tickets with a time, we arrived in time, please do as it seemed very disorganised when we arrived. We were sent in one line by a member of staff having checked the e ticket on our phone , by looking at it note not scanned. Then another told us to wait in another line, which again was changed. It was not just us, another person described it as a bit of Faulty Towers training going on. You change your e ticket to a paper ticket then get headset. You meet up with your tour guide, again all very vague if fist time doing this. ( most people not done tour before of Opera ). Anyway the tour guide was patient as a few people had been sent around the houses before joining him. Off we went I sorry to say the chap who took our tour was clearly knowledgable but boring. Also he would say over there over here over there , there was no real way of trying to see what he was on about. He may have seen it lots of times but I could not see what part he meant. I did notice one of the other tour guides use a laser pen. I accept this may not be allowed. The building was spectacular and was undersold. I would not recommend tour.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 September 2023
  • L_K1509
    London, United Kingdom1,629 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Building interior stunning, don’t recommend guided tour
    The interior of the building is stunning, and extravagance. Think of versailles palace. Definitely worth a visit to view the grand staircase, waiting hall and library. Keep a look out for phantom of the Opera’s box number 5. On the other hand I would not recommend a guided tour, especially with Frank. He managed to make this beautiful building boring and in unmemorable. I did not leant anything beautiful keeping up with ‘ this world famous artist’ or his ‘over there’ comment constantly, WHERE?!. Why not say to my left, to my right etc? The absolutely chaotic ticket system was a joke. Queue there, no over there, queue here. What a mess, why did we need tickets again when we had online tickets? This needs to be sorted out.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 September 2023
  • Becky H
    Hastings, United Kingdom320 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful opera house
    Beautiful opera house. We took the guided tour which was very interesting and went very smoothly. The opera house is very grand and opulent and it was fascinating to find out about the history. After our tour we were allowed to walk around by ourselves. The only downside is that the auditorium was closed and it would have been nice if they had some way of having a peek inside.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • AdventuresofNomNom
    Saint Louis, Missouri368 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get the audio guide
    My partner and I came to explore the beauty of the palais, but we ended up having a wonderful visual history lesson thanks to the audio guide. It's completely worth the extra fee if you are interested in the storytelling and history. Of course the palais is gorgeous. Mind-blowingly opulent and reminiscent of living your best Phantom of the Opera fantasy.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 October 2023
  • Brooks D
    184 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Beauty of Palais Granier
    Enjoyed the beauty of the Opera House, also the information about the tie in to the Phantom of the Opera. Amazing opulence of the Opera House, the mirrored rooms looking on forever. The Box of the Phantom of the Opera.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 November 2023
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Scotlandmac
Glasgow, UK14,188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Wonderful building on the outside and inside it is truly gorgeous, in an OTT, ostenatious way. More space is devoted to the ancillary spaces than the auditorium itself and these - the Grand Foyer et al - are driping with gold ornamentation, painted ceilings, sculptures (with a theatrical/classical theme). Everything has it's own meaning. We made the mistake of NOT taking the tour for an extra 6 euros each but I was so impressed I bought the book after our visit and read up on what we'd seen.
Chagall's ceiling was painted over the original ceiling decoration and looks superb.
Even when the Palais first opened in the late 1800s, people were booking tickets for performances not even knowing what was on, simply because the building itself was such a wow from Day 1. Praise indeed!
Written 10 March 2020
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Luisguiper
Bogota, Colombia993 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Rather kind staff when access allowed. I saw people entering with shorts and sneakers, though I had read a dressing code was to be required by the staff; a good thing anyway because there are many people walking around the whole day dressed like that, and they could not go back home / hotel to get dressed. Astonishing building, amazing in- and outside. Due to the ticket category I purchased I could not see some areas inside the building, but I got to see some of the magnificent halls and artwork, like the main staircase and the Grand foyer, which was impressive. As per the event I went for, I got one Cat 4 ticket (first side box 2 - seat 7) that was available on the Theater’s website. Though the room was next to the stage, I could not see it due to the heads in front of me and mainly due to the room’s wall. Thus, I just could see half of the orchestra playing, and how the conductor gestured; ah, and I could watch the public who could watch the stage at all. The music and the singing were wonderful with the acoustics, I barely could see the artists when they approached to the very front edge of the stage. As probably opera lovers would say what matters is what you listen at the opera house, and that the stage might be of less importance, but I felt like I would have preferred a better seat, but the show was sold out. I sat and listened, or I left...
Written 25 April 2020
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Cherrywhirl
Worcestershire, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The visit that I'm reviewing was during the covid crisis but unlike some visitor attractions in Paris, it is still possible to pay at the door here but only by card and an automated thermometer takes your temperature on arrival.

It is such a spectacular building both inside and out that it's worth a trip if you are in Paris. It costs approximately 12 euros for an adult (August 2020) for an autonomous tour without audio guide. It's possible to make the trip brief, if you are in a hurry as we were on this occasion, and appreciate the spectacular surroundings in less than one hour. The main sights are the Grand Escalier, Le Grand Foyer with the chandeliers as well as the auditorium. Viewing of the latter is made possible via access from a booth, During my most recent visit, this was on a lower level but previously it has been higher up. It's worth stepping outside and observing 'la Place' below and taking a look in the library. At various points there are costumes from past performances on display with basic information about the productions involved. There's a nice souvenir shop with lots of dance related gifts as well as a cafe. It's a lovely place to visit with many photo opportunities. Recommended.
Written 8 August 2020
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Standing striking on the same name sq, the Paris Opera is the world's most magnificent one. From the moment you spot it's unbelievable exterior your jaws will drop.
I could only imagine attending a performance here, which I hadn't chance to do, but therefore I suggest everyone to do a guided tour.
Although the groups are large and moving quickly for my taste, they're informing and best of all, you're inside to admire that opulence at the cheapest price (performance tickets are skyrocking). Be sure to reserve your spot on time online.
The Grand staircase with the terrace above will blow you away, the Chagall's ceiling with chandelier is unbelievable, the craftmanship of details,...etc makes every Euro well spent.
Written 24 January 2020
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theclarken
Gaithersburg, MD82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The good things about the opera house is it is spectacular. The attention to details is flawless. The craftsmanship from large staircases to minute details is phenomenal. Highlights include the lower entryway, the grand staircase, the seating area + Chagall ceiling, and the salon are amazing.

The bad is the tour we took through the Palais Garnier. We bout tickets well in advance to make sure we could get in. Apparently we didn't need to since they allowed an additional people to buy tickets to our 'sold out' tour that morning. The group was just too big and when the guide talked about something smaller, if you were in the back of the group, that meant you were 15 yards away and couldn't see. As the group moved on you could either try to view the object or keep up with the group. The guide wasn't very good either.

I would rate the building 5 stars and the tour 3 stars [maybe 2 stars].
Written 11 January 2020
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JAB
Billings, MT19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Ask for Rita when booking a tour. She was very helpful and informative. Know when you tour the Palais Garnier opera, you will not be seeing anything behind the scenes unless your tour explicitly says so. Often, even the auditorium is closed during the day for rehearsals, so make sure and ask, if there is something specific you are wanting to see. Evening tours are sometimes limited on what you can see, if there is a concomitant performance.
Written 15 February 2020
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Zeynep T
Türkiye137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
After many disappointments following the cancellation of performances at the Paris Opera Ballet due to strikes during December and January, I finally was able to see a performance of Giselle at the Palais Garnier at the beginning of February. It was a magnicicent occasion with a wonderful cast including Dorothée Gilbert, Mathieu Ganio & Valentine Colasante. The past month has seen no performances due to the strike against the government's planned pension reforms. I was lucky because the strike, which had started on December 5th, had caused the Paris Opera an estimated €67 million (73 million) in losses for the duration of the strike with many performances cancelled. The ballet was sold out but I managed to get a ticket from the Official Bourse of the Paris Opera, so do not dispair if you cannot get tickets. The bourse is there to help people who can't use their tickets to people who can't find a ticket. The Palais Garnier is magnificent and I was surprised to hear there is an underground lake under the Opera House. Apparently, the architect Charles Garnier, hit an arm of the Seine while digging the foundation and although they tried to pump out the water it kept coming back. Therefore, Garnier had to create an artificial lake to control the water.
Written 13 February 2020
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Andrew Tsui
San Diego, CA282 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
For art/architecture/music lovers and ordinary tourists alike, the Palais Garnier is a must-visit location. The building is filled with accessories and features that will keep any person engaged for hours.

The exterior of the building is decorated with intricate sculptures and figures depicting some of the most notable figures of opera and music, which include the likes of Bach, Rossini, Mozart, and Beethoven. The dome is topped with a figure of Apollo towering over visitors with grandeur and glory.

I would highly recommend pre-booking timed tickets for opera house entry due to the vast quantities of visitors that enter the opera house every day. I would also highly recommend the audio guide service provided. It consists of a headphone-tablet system which will give you an immersive AR and auditory experience that engages you with the history of the opera house's construction and every little secret.

For visitors in a rush, I would suggest entering one of the viewing boxes opened to visitors. This will allow you to have a glimpse at the main auditorium area and the stage, alongside the Marc Chagall ceiling and chandelier which illuminates the ceiling above it. I would also urge visitors to see the Phantom of the Opera's box, the library with books on dance theory and music, the costumes area, and the grand staircase.
Written 22 November 2022
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E8224QZgloriam
Bothell, WA47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
The tour was arranged through the Palais Garnier web site and was a guided tour. Rita, our wonderfully knowledgeable guide, made sure we got in to see the theater with Chagall paintings overhead before it closed for the day and told us about the paintings, the artist and the politics of the day. Moving on, there were stories about the famous staircase, galleries, paintings, ballerinas, composers and the role played by the royalty, all of which were educational and entertaining. I had a thoroughly swell time at the opera!
Written 5 January 2020
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Trelemorele
Warsaw, Poland182 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
1. Palais Garnier is really impressive, but the price is too high.

2. Price for children is reduced (not so much - 10 euro versus 14 euro) but not free (in Paris museums and others places to see are often free for children).

3. I think it's unfair to get full price when there is a rehearsal in the auditorium and you can not see this place in full light. There is no information about it on the site. I'm not even sure if everybody can enter the auditorium during rehearsal because after a few minutes staff told our group to leave the auditorium.
Written 10 September 2021
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