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.

Open Now: No

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

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 5

5 Star Rating Very beautiful and opulent palace (especially The Hall of Mirrors). I loved the 22 karat gold gilding in almost every room. This site is obviously gigantic and it's best enjoyed if you spend a full day and plan out what you want to really see. Best to use a museum pass to reduce waiting time to buy tickets, but you will still have to go through the security check line like any major site. Getting a guided tour can help you go to certain parts of the palace not normally available for regular visitors (do your research).

Danny Ray D - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Gorgeous place!!! Just like the photos. You have to get there early in order to truly enjoy your time and avoid the lines. The trip there alone is breath taking. If your planing on going make it a day trip. There's plenty of food options around and boutiques. Enjoy your time!

Amina Ibrahim - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating This palace is beautiful and you can easily spend an entire day here. After a trip across Europe with Paris being our last stop, we decided to take the trip to Versailles to view the palace and it was magical. Well maintained and very organized. I would suggest arriving early as the line to visit becomes very lengthy .. VERY quickly! Also the gardens are magical, be sure to enjoy the moment and not hide behind your cameras!

Samantha Licata - 14 days ago

4 Star Rating Travel from Paris was quite easy. Make your way to a RER train station and you'll be dropped off 3 blocks away. The palace is truly opulent, as expected. I had expected to see more of the palace but at some point, once you've seen 10-15 rooms decorated and painted beyond comprehension, how many more do you need to see before you understand how they lived. Once you see how excessive their lifestyles were, you can understand why there was a revolution. The grounds and gardens are beautiful (and the are free on non-event days). Would I pay to see the inside of the palace again? No. Is it worth visiting at least once? Yes. Now that I've been inside the palace, I would take a day trip just to enjoy the gardens.

Cameron Farah - 18 days ago

5 Star Rating Great works of art, if your into that. Very grand palace, lavish and luxurious. Crowded and hard to get good picture. Too many your guides not respecting other people their other than their own group. Kinda rude. The park is very large. Prepare for lots of walking. Recommended on a good weather day. Gift shops are crazy expensive. Hard to see how they sell anything.

Monu Singh - 1 month ago

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