Palace of Versailles

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A historical monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Palace of Versailles was the principal royal residence of France from 1682. Today, Versailles is home to wonders: the Hall of Mirrors, the grand royal apartments, beautiful gardens and some incredible collections of art, furniture, chandeliers and architecture.

Within the main palace, The Hall of Mirrors is the largest and certainly the best known of the 700 rooms at the Château de Versailles. The large mirrors face the windows, creating a spectacular reflection of the gardens opposite. Their creation is exceptional in more ways than one. Mirrors were then fantastically difficult to make – and hugely expensive. In fact, France had to persuade skilled Venetian mirror makers to teach them the secrets.

The hall has 357 mirrors, filling a space 73m (220ft) long. The Grande Galerie, as it was called in the 17th century, was used daily as a place of passage, waiting room and meeting place to impress visitors such as ambassadors and foreign leaders. Queen Marie-Antoinette celebrated her wedding here and some historic agreements were signed here, such as the Proclamation of the German Empire and the Treaty of Versailles.

In 2007, a three-year comprehensive renovation of the hall was completed, replacing 48 broken or cloudy mirrors with old mirrors from the French Senate. Others had been replaced in the nineteenth century, but around 60 per cent of the mirrors we see today are originals.

To gain some brief respite from courtly etiquette, the kings of Versailles built themselves more intimate spaces close to the main palace. Visit The Grand Trianon, a small palace built of pink marble renowned for its geometric gardens and unique décor. Marie-Antoinette’s Estate was built especially for the queen, who liked to get away from the grandeur of the palace for a simpler, more rural ambience. The estate consists of the Petit Trianon, where she lived, the hamlet, and the queen’s personal gardens. This is a palace within the palace of Versailles and a real treat.

The famous Gardens of Versailles are an attraction in their own right and took over 40 years to create, involving regiments of soldiers to move earth and create landscapes. Statues and fountains decorate the gardens and are the focus of night-time light shows during the summer months.

Versailles opening times:

April 1 to October 31

Palace: Every day except Monday, from 9am – 6.30pm

Gardens: Every day: 8am – 8:30pm

From 1 November to 31 March

Palace: Every day except Monday, from 9am – 5.30pm

Gardens: Every day: 8am – 6pm

Address

Château de Versailles , Place d'Armes - 78000 Versailles

Getting there

By train:

SNCF Trains
Depart Paris Montparnasse, arrive at Versailles Chantiers
Depart Paris Saint Lazare, arrive Versailles Rive Droite

RER C
Versailles Château Rive Gauche station (buy a pass for Navigo, Mobilis or Paris Visit, including zones 1-4 from Paris). T+ ticket is not valid
RER C line is closed 16 July-27 August between Paris Austerlitz and Javel Reach Javel by Metro

By Metro:

Line 10 from Paris Austerlitz and Saint-Michel Notre Dame (station: Cluny – La Sorbonne)

By car:

A13 motorway, exit at Versailles Centre. Paid parking at the Place d’Armes, Allée de Bailly, Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon

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Palace of Versailles tickets with audio tour on mobile app
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Palace of Versailles tickets with audio tour on mobile app

Explore the Palace of Versailles at your own pace with this audio-guided tour available on your smartphone including entrance tickets!

Duration 2 hours 30 minutes
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Versailles with audio guide and Paris transfer
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Versailles with audio guide and Paris transfer

Experience the royal Palace of Versailles with an audio-guided commentary and luxury air-conditioned transfer to and from Paris. A great day out!

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Duration 4 hours
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Versailles Palace and Gardens tickets with audio tour on mobile app
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Versailles Palace and Gardens tickets with audio tour on mobile app

Visit the Palace of Versailles and Gardens at your own pace with this audio-guided tour available on your smartphone!

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Bike tour of Versailles Palace with skip-the-line tickets
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Bike tour of Versailles Palace with skip-the-line tickets

Buy your Versailles Bike Tour with Musement with our price match guarantee and secure booking. Get informed, plan and book your amazing activities in Paris.

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Morning tour of Versailles Palace and Gardens
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Morning tour of Versailles Palace and Gardens

Skip the line for an early morning tour of the Palace of Versailles and its gardens! You'll visit the Hall of Mirrors, the King's Grand Apartments, explore the gardens at your own pace...

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Duration 4 hours
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Half-day trip in Versailles with transportation, skip-the-line access and audioguide
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Half-day trip in Versailles with transportation, skip-the-line access and audioguide

Book this excursion to Versailles Palace including round-trip transportation from Paris, skip-the-line access and audioguide!

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Duration 4 hours
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Versailles full day with audioguide and transfer
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Versailles full day with audioguide and transfer

Get all the best information for your visit of Versailles with audioguide full day tour and book your tickets, skipping the line, at official rates. Get informed, plan and book your tour around Paris.

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Duration 8 hours 45 minutes
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Tour of the Palace and the Trianon with lunch and transportation from Paris
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Tour of the Palace and the Trianon with lunch and transportation from Paris

Enjoy express access to the Versailles palace and benefit from the expert commentary of a professional guide before eating a fine French lunch in the park

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Duration 9 hours
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Versailles and Giverny in a day from Paris
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Versailles and Giverny in a day from Paris

Book your guided tour of Palace of Versailles and Monet's home in Giverny. Skip the long lines at the entrance of the castle and explore the beautiful gardens of Monet.

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Duration 9 hours 30 minutes
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Gourmet tour of  Versailles city including tastings at local markets
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Gourmet tour of Versailles city including tastings at local markets

Delight in the gourmet flavors of the city of Versailles with this 2-hour gourmet food tour of Versailles with tastings!

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Duration up to 2 hours
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Versailles Palace & Gardens half day tour with skip the line
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Versailles Palace & Gardens half day tour with skip the line

Set out for our guided visit to the Château de Versailles, the world-renowned royal residence of Louis XIV.

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Duration 4 hours
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Private full-day trip to Giverny and Versailles from Paris
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Private full-day trip to Giverny and Versailles from Paris

Book your 9-hour private guided tour from Paris and combine a visit to Monet's Giverny estate with a tour of the Versailles palace and gardens.

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Reviews Palace of Versailles

Fiona, 23 Apr 2022

“The guide was informative inside the palace. However there was more detail he could have provided. The main disappointment was that the trip states we would be taken from Paris to Versaille via Coach and return only by train. This was not the case and we went on the train both ways, there and back. The guide did not stay with us on the train there so there was no information on places passing through. The aspect of taking the journey via train rather than coach was also a let down. We would looked forward to approaching the palace by road rather than a longer walk from the train station.”

Chyrene, 09 Mar 2016
Annette, 30 Oct 2015

“My trip to Versailles was everything I imagined and more! Thank you!”

Samah, 26 Oct 2015
Paris