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  • Address: Place d'Armes
  • Hours: Palace open daily except Mondays. 9am - 6:30pm in Summer, 9am - 5:30pm in Winter. Gardens and park open every day. Closed Jan 1, Apr 5, May 1, May 24, Nov 1, and Dec 25.
  • Admission: €18 for all-access pass (includes audio tour)


Palace of Versailles

The Chateau de Versailles was the creation of Louis XIV. He took his father's hunting lodge, transformed it into a work of wonder and excess and moved the whole court and government of France from Paris to Versailles in 1682. The next two French kings added their own special touches but eventually it all became too much for the starving French people and in 1789 they revolted. After the French Revolution, Versailles was no longer the seat of power and after 1830 it became the Museum of the History of France.

Inside, the huge palace's 700 rooms are replete with gilded cornices, frescoed ceilings and carved details. Outside, it is surrounded by famously formal gardens with geometrically designed walkways, fountains, canals and terraces.

Any visit to Versailles must include seeing the Hall of Mirrors, the King's Grand Chambers, the Grand Trianon and Marie-Antoinette's famous estate where she went to play at being a simple country girl.

There is a lot to see, so plan your visit based on the chateau's four sections: the multiple-winged palace building, the vast gardens and two smaller palaces, the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon.

Practical Info

The palace is located in the small township of Versailles 21 kilometers (13 miles) outside of Paris, and it is easy to reach by train. Catch RER C from Paris to Versailles Rive Gauche station, only a 10-minute walk away from the palace. You can also catch the SNCF train from Paris Montparnasse station to Versailles Chantiers or from Paris Saint Lazare to Versailles Rive Droite station.

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Versailles Gardens and City Segway Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

A fun and easy way to experience Versailles, this Segway tour takes you through the amazing Versailles Park on a 2-hour or 3-hour narrated tour. Ride along ...  Read more

Location: Versailles, France
Duration: 2 or 3 hours

From USD $60.97

Viator VIP: Palace of Versailles Small-Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 269 Reviews

See the Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles) as French kings once did – with this small-group tour that includes a once-in-a-lifetime private ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $271.57

Skip the Line: Palace of Versailles Tour with Night Fountain Show

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 14 Reviews

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palace of Versailles (Chateau de Versailles) and see a spectacular night fountain show on this half-day tour. Your ...  Read more

Location: Versailles, France
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.97

Viator Exclusive: Palace of Versailles and Court of Scents Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Visit the UNESCO-listed Palace of Versailles, and then take a walking tour of the incredible Court of Scents (Cour des Senteurs) – it’s a unique tour ...  Read more

Location: Versailles, France
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.42

Best of Versailles Day Trip from Paris: Skip-the-Line Palace of Versailles Tour, Grand Canal Lunch and the Grand Trianon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 151 Reviews

See the highlights of Versailles in one day on this comprehensive trip from Paris. After traveling to the town by luxury minibus, skip past the entrance lines ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $208.39

Best of Paris Tour Including Versailles and Lunch at the Eiffel Tower

4.5 star rating: Recommended 96 Reviews

See the best of Paris and Versailles on this action-packed full-day tour with an expert guide! See top Paris attractions on a city sightseeing tour like Notre ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $271.57

Versailles and Giverny Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 982 Reviews

See more than Paris and take a day trip to Monet's garden at Giverny and Louis XIV's palace of Versailles. The full-day tour combines the two most popular ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $199.52

Versailles Guided Tour with Optional Fountain Show

4 star rating: Recommended 681 Reviews

Step back in time to Queen Marie Antoinette’s reign and marvel at the opulent luxury of the Royal Courts on this 4-hour Palace of Versailles guided tour with ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.70

Versailles by Bike Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1189 Reviews

Take a tour of Versailles with a difference - by bicycle! It's the only way to see Versailles' expansive gardens plus you'll get to see highlights of ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.76

Versailles Small-Group Tour from Paris with Audio Guide

4 star rating: Recommended 1235 Reviews

Experience the grandeur of Versailles Palace and Gardens on a small group tour from Paris. With a maximum of only eight per group, this small group trip to ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 4-8 hrs

From USD $109.74

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