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  • Address: Place d'Armes, Versailles 78000, France
  • 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)

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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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Palace of Versailles Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide, Versailles, null
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Palace of Versailles Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 80 Reviews

Enjoy priority entrance to the UNESCO-listed Palace of Versailles and Gardens of Versailles with an independent priority access tour. Choose from four ...  Read more

Location: Versailles, France
Duration: Flexible

From USD $12.86
Versailles and Giverny Day Trip, Paris, Attraction Tickets
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Versailles and Giverny Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1344 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 $202.57
Versailles by Bike Day Tour, Paris, Day Trips
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Versailles by Bike Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1470 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: Approximately 8.5 hours

From USD $106.11
Paris Day Trip from London Including Visit to Versailles, London, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Paris Day Trip from London Including Visit to Versailles

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Experience top Paris and Versailles attractions on this full-day guided tour from London! After your 2.5-hour train journey, relax on a comfortable coach for a ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $366.75
Versailles Independent Tour with Transportation from Paris, Paris, Day Trips
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Versailles Independent Tour with Transportation from Paris

4 star rating: Recommended 326 Reviews

The tour is perfect for those who prefer to explore independently. Discover the dazzling royal residence of Versailles, the largest and most sumptuous ever ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $56.81
Giverny and Versailles Small Group Day Trip from Paris, Paris, Day Trips
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Giverny and Versailles Small Group Day Trip from Paris

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Your day begins with a visit to Monet's House in Giverny and its famous water lily gardens followed by a discovery of the Musée des ...  Read more

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

From USD $258.31
Versailles Small-Group Tour from Paris with Audio Guide, Paris, Day Trips
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Versailles Small-Group Tour from Paris with Audio Guide

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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 $106.11
Versailles, Paris City Tour and Seine River Cruise Day Trip, Paris, Day Trips
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Versailles, Paris City Tour and Seine River Cruise Day Trip

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If your time in Paris is short, why not see Versailles and the highlights of Paris in one full-day tour? You'll visit the Palace of Versailles in the morning, ...  Read more

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

From USD $171.49
Versailles Full Day Excursion including Palace Gardens and Trianon, Paris, Day Trips
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Versailles Full Day Excursion including Palace Gardens and Trianon

Enjoy a Full Day excursion to Versailles from Paris by minibus with this small group guided tour to the Palace with priority admission, the most important ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 8 hours 18 minutes (approx.)

From USD $251.88
Versailles Palace and Gardens 3-Hour Private Guided Tour, Paris, Day Trips
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Versailles Palace and Gardens 3-Hour Private Guided Tour

Discover the Palace of Versailles and its beautiful gardens with a private guide, who shows you around the ornate interior of this UNESCO World Heritage site ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.75

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