Most visitors to Paris are keen to see at least one or two historical monuments during their stay. Whenever I have friends in town L’Opéra Garnier is always top of my list of places to check out. I was lucky enough to once see a ballet performance here but most of the time tickets sell out very fast and on top of that there are very few affordable seats. However, you don’t have to see a performance here to get to see inside the beautiful building, the opera house is also open to visits from the public. You’ll still get a feel for the glamorous atmosphere during your visit and you never know, you might see the phantom too!
You can visit on your own or, if you’d like a bit of extra information about this gorgeous building, guided visits in English are also on offer. Check the times on the website to find out more as timings vary depending on performance schedules. Tickets that include a tour are a bit more expensive but the tours are thorough, they last around 90 minutes and it’s really interesting to find out all about the opera’s history and architecture.