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

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 Had an amazing experience here. The garden is really beautiful and huge. Great place to take pictures. Inside the palace is also quite breathtaking, but be wary about the massive line. Definitely try to get here before they open or else you can easily find yourself waiting on line for more than an hour to get in. There's no line for the garden so do that after. Certain days of the month feature a water show with music in the garden. There's a slightly increased charge for that (even if you have a Paris Pass), but it's pretty if you're into that kind of thing.

Alvin Mathew - 2 hours ago

5 Star Rating Very beautiful, enormous, elaborate, and crowded. The caretakers do an excellent job of keeping the patrons moving and are very helpful (as long as you follow the rules). Be respectful of one of France's national treasures, and you will be amazed at the site. Plan at least days if you want to try and see it all. They do offer a 2 day pass.

Walt Sly - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating Easy to access from the centre of Paris via train. Versailles is in a league of its own when it comes to palaces (I’ve been in many!). The detail and exceptional quality will leave your breathless. The gardens are also picturesque. Once you step inside the palace, you almost feel as if you’re stepping back in time when House of Bourbon ruled.

Dylan Smith - 6 days ago

4 Star Rating Go early. Try to reach before 10. Book tickets online. Nice place. Beautiful palace. Surroundings are beautiful Take head phones if you are planning for audio guide. You are not allowed to carry food inside the palace. You will have to leave your food bag at the baggage counter. They don't charge you for this. Toilets available in every corner inside the palace. And it's free. Best way to reach is the metro . Easy and comfortable. Walking from the station to palace is just 10 min. There are a lot of restaurants and takeaways along the street to palace.

Lolita D'Souza - 22 days ago

5 Star Rating Five stars are not enough for this place. Tips: Buy the annual pass. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Renting the golf carts to drive around is a good way to see this historic place. Beautiful gardens and beautiful location. Go early and be prepared for waiting in lines. Worth visiting. Highly recommended!!

Joy De Noon - 2 months ago

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