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Versailles hours

We were disappointed to find that Versailles was closed on May 1, a holiday in France. This is not mentioned in the Paris 2018 book concerning Versailles hours. However, May 1 is listed under the Holidays section in the appendix. Just be careful with planning!

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Always check the official website of any place you want to visit. The guidebook has info, but not up to the minute.

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May 1st is a very traditional holiday in Europe -- similar to Labor Day in the US.

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In Europe, May 1 isn't just a holiday, it's one of the very biggest. For instance, the Prado in Madrid is only closed three days a year - January 1, December 25, and May 1.

For my recent trip, I deliberately planned to take the Eurostar from London to Paris that day, so I'd spend a lot of it in transit, rather than obsessing over all the places I wanted to see that were closed. For future reference, the Jacquemart-Andre Museum is just about the only thing in or near Paris that's open on May 1.