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

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 4.6 out of 5Palace of Versailles Star Rating

5 Star Rating I’ve always read and found the history and opulence of the chateau de Versailles fascinating. You can tour the palace at your own pace with individual headsets. Plan to spend the entire day and also enjoy the fountains show in the evening. When purchasing your tickets, I found it best to purchase the passport package because includes the garden entry and light show. Purchasing the garden tour separately will cost an additional 9 euros and waiting in line again to do so. The Marie Antoinette area is closed for renovations at this time. Food is permitted in the garden, however if you have glass containers « wine »they will need to be checked and picked up when you exit the chateau into the gardens.

Na Ge - 3 days ago

4 Star Rating This is an interesting tour and a must see if you have enough time in Paris. You should definitely plan ahead of your visit if this is on your to-do list. For one it's about an hour away from the city so either you get a tour that includes the transportation or expect to take the Metro and an additional line. Will take you almost within five minute walking distance of the palace in my opinion totally worth it it saves a lot of money too. Your planning should also include your ticket ahead of time so you don't have to make the queue to buy the ticket but be warned just because you have the ticket does not mean you won't be making a line I think it all depends on what time you arrive there we arrived closer to midday and the line was horrible I would guess about 2 hours I think if you arrived earlier it might not be that bad. If you're going in the summer I would totally recommend getting the additional garden show ticket because by far what we enjoyed the most was the gardens they are gorgeous.

Thaimy Diaz - 12 days ago

3 Star Rating Groups are supposed to be staggered and I'm sure it is difficult to meet the high demand of tourists but the chance to take pictures, admire, or really enjoy your walk is limited by the hoard of people shoulder to shoulder in every room, know this ahead of time!!! Bring someone tall for photos, snap, and move quickly after, there are tons of people behind you waiting to do the same. I'm sure that people would be willing to pay a higher premium for time slots with a more restricted number of visitors. I'd love the chance to admire without feeling like I am in someone else's way the entire time and I was there for the off season. Otherwise, I recommend a guide. They are talented and educated and you learn so much more than the limited signs and displays offer.

Catherine - 25 days ago

3 Star Rating I found this experience pretty meh. I would say if you’ve only got a couple of days to spend in Paris, there are other sites and chateaux that are more worth the time and money. If you have more than a couple of days in Paris and you are able to schedule your Versailles visit to coincide with a special event or a guided tour, then it might be worth it, but I found the guided tour offerings to be very limited. The basic day pass to access the castle gets you into very few rooms relative to the size of the castle. (When I went, the Queen’s apartments were completely closed to visitors. I don’t know how typical this is, but it left only about 7-8 rooms accessible.) The English audio guide is not particularly informative, and neither are the placards in the rooms. Otherwise, it’s a beautiful place. So much potential for improvement.

Liz Martin - 30 days ago

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