Château de Versailles

A trip from Paris to the famous Château de Versailles and the adjoining gardens is a great way to spend a day

The magnificent Château de Versailles
The magnificent Château de Versailles cc licensed photo by jaime1

The Château de Versailles is a rather famous tourist attraction. It symbolised the monarchy of Louis XIV between 1682 and 1789. It was the centre of power during those years thanks to Louis XIV arranging to have the government and all seats of power housed there. Forcing the regional powers to spend a portion of their time at the palace prevented regional forces from gathering too much power.

It has, as many French landmarks have, been redesigned by the resident monarch a number of times. The first design was by Philibert Le Roy which were followed by four major renovations and extensions to the palace. One of the more significant improvements and extensions was the addition of the King's and Queen's apartments.

The Château de Versailles is now open to the public most days of the week. Modern restrooms have been installed and there are free audio guides available in ten major languages. For those who would like to purchase some knick knacks for family and friends there are a variety of souvenir shops and curio stores. They even have a resident photographer who will gladly take your picture, for a fee.

For those that prefer to ride than to walk around a tourist attraction as large as this, there is an electric vehicle hire available which you can take around the gardens and through the Trianon, the Queen's Hamlet, the Grand Canal and the entire estate. There's a mini train that will take you to the estate of Marie Antoinette the Grand Trianon and little Venice.

It is worth noting that it is best to visit the Château de Versailles on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. This is because Tuesdays are busiest as most other French museums are closed.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes, however Entry to the Palace itself is free with the Paris Pass. Admission is also free on the first Sunday of each month from November to March. Otherwise admission charges apply. See the official website for details.

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Address: Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France

Phone: 01 30 83 78 00

Official Website: Château de Versailles

Map of nearby accommodations: Booking.com

Directions

RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
RER-CVersailles - Rive Gauche10 minutes

How to get to Château de Versailles by RER

By RER: Take the RER-C Train to Versailles - Rive Gauche. Exit the station and go right (north) up Av de General du Gaulle the left on Avenue de Paris to the entrance of Château-de-Versailles.

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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5Palace of Versailles Star Rating

5 Star Rating Each visit is breathtaking. My third visit to the Palace of Versailles, each room to the gardens is exquisite. The architecture, incredible detail, artworks and architectural landscape is definitely a must see. Best to book a tour group to avoid the queue and morning visits. Summer is always more hectic, I prefer February travel you can enjoy each room especially the hall of mirrors take your time to take in the beauty and appreciation of the craftsmanship.

Evelyn Thomas - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating An incredible building. Exceptionally pretty and much more than just the Hall of Mirrors. So much history in one site and all for under 20 Euro a head to get in, hence great value for money. There is much more than the palace to see. There are ponds in the gardens and an ornamental lake. Given how busy it was midweek in February I really would recommend that you get there early though.

Colin Day - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating So we saw all the reviews about this place and thought we had to visit it on a Musical Fountain day. Our minds and our son's mind were totally blown by this place. We took a quick tour of the palace then headed for the gardens. If you are willing to take your stroller on the most off road adventure of its life...then go ahead. The entire garden is covered in gravel and small stones. Have you ever pushed a stroller through beach sand?? That is what is feels like. There is a part leading down into more gardens. Its about 100 steps. The entire experience is going to be a work out so prepare yourself. It is totally worth it. Your kids are going to lose their minds. You are all going to come out covered in dust and dirt and you are going to have the time of your life. Once again...if you are ready for a physical workout...go Versailles with a stroller.

dillyjanjan - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating I loved it here, best way to describe it is grand and majestic. Inside is beautiful, The Hall of Mirrors is my favorite room there. The gardens are huge and maybe even close to as nice as inside. I didn't get to spend nearly enough time here but I will definitely be back

Keenan Gratch - 21 days ago

5 Star Rating The palace was lovely. Get there before 9 to avoid standing for too long. Plan on spending the day and wearing comfortable shoes. The gift shops on the grounds have a full range of souvenirs. I will treasure my recipe books. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Lisa Lahr - 1 month ago

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