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Palais Royal

Open today: 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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This royal palace, first home to Cardinal Richelieu and later a childhood home of Louis XIV, is longer open to the public, although its exquisite gardens can still be enjoyed.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
8 rue de Montpensier, 75001 Paris, France
Louvre / Palais-Royal
+33 1 47 03 92 16
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 1, 2014

I would never put the Palais Royal on a "must see" list nor would I go out of my way to visit. But if you're in the neighborhood admiring works in the Louvre or walking along Rue de Rivoli, then by all means, drop by...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed April 27, 2015

Paris is full of natural and material splendours, but I do not find this park and surrounding buildings one of them. You get a much better park complete with (similarly expensive) covered arcade shops and restaurants in the Place des Voges. And if you want...More

3  Thank Edward S
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

We visited Palais Royal on a Sunday morning. We enjoyed ambling through the area and especially were taken with the photography on display. On this sunny, quiet morning, there was a multi-generational cross-section of people, and the experience was very pleasant.

Thank judy b
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Great place to stroll and find a place for lunch and people watch. Just lovely. This is a more serene area without all the hustle bustle

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Reviewed September 27, 2018

I never get tired of wandering through this part of Paris. No traffic here, just the serenity of a fountain, gardens and lots of chairs to sit on. Some shopping. Some very chic cafes. A very early attempt to build an off-street shopping and entertainment...More

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

This garden/square, has a very geometric feel to it. It’s black and white theme is attractive. Lovely straight lines of trees add to this. There are beautiful shops all the way around. Well worth a look.

1  Thank karenm642
Reviewed September 22, 2018

We visited the courtyard and garden area....unfortunately, you can not go inside the buildings at the complex. It is a neat area, but the gardens are not anywhere nearly as impressive as Luxembourg Gardens, The Tuileries, Jardin des Plantes or Versailles. The outside of the...More

Thank David D
Reviewed September 21, 2018

Came thinking the gardens might be something special - or even the striped columns. No, not here so just head straight for the Luxembouerg Garden and palace if you want to be wowed.

Thank nowpacking
Reviewed September 20, 2018

We alk through this area, but there is nothing special to see here, though they would say column art is the attraction, but to me it was nothing special. Nice garden that's about it.

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Reviewed September 17, 2018

Interesting walking though the gardens & seeing the strange black & white art installation.I found it distracting from the beauty of the gardens & style of the Palais building architecture. The B&W was way to modern for the old palais.

Thank Helan29
Reviewed September 15, 2018

The Palais Royal was built by Cardinal Richelieu. Cardinal Richelieu was chief minister to King Louis XIII of France. No expense was spared on its construction. When the cardinal died, the palais fell into the hands of the kind, hence the name Palais Royal. Take...More

Thank Jeffry B
Reviewed September 13, 2018

There is so much to see in Paris we didnt make it here (if you count 2 trips) until about our 7th day in the city but it was well worth it. Between the palace, the garden and the surrounding area you can make a...More

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Louvre / Palais-Royal
From the majestic Louvre to the regal Palais-Royal,
this neighborhood oozes luxury. The grand arches along
Rue de Rivoli are shadowed by mosaics in front of
decorated vitrines and hotels. Place Vendôme is lined
with the world’s best jewelers and their glittering
window displays. Every other establishment has someone
to open the door for you or park your car. You can
spend hours gazing at its haute couture shops or
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David V
March 28, 2017|
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Response from Becky60956 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it's free. It's a park for the surrounding buildings but open to the public, at least every time I've been there. Retail shops are along the arcade in the first floor of the buildings.
Maddy D
September 29, 2016|
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It's all free. The spheres are cool !