Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles
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9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Palace, Trianon Palace, and the estate of Marie-Antoinette: open daily except Mondays and certain public holidays. Gardens and park: open daily.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • WhereToGo101
    Los Angeles, California75 contributions
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    Beautiful Versailles
    My second time in Paris, My first time at the palace of Versailles. I almost didn’t make it but I’m so glad that I did. It was beautiful… our tour guide was knowledgeable and was very good. We had lunch at the restaurant in the Palace… little bit of a line, but worth the wait. Otherwise there’s a snack bar and, an ice cream booth. My advice is go early… afternoon the lines are very long.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • kwagmeister
    Newburgh, Indiana1,644 contributions
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    Private behind the scenes tour of the royal apartments is a true experience
    I couldn’t find a section for the behind the scenes tour so I’m putting it here. I have visited Versailles some half dozen times over my lifetime. The private behind the scenes tour we took with our friends today, however, was THE BEST tour in my history of Versailles tours. We arranged for this experience via our travel agent, Essential Europe. A driver picked us up in Paris center and took us to the meeting point (the North Ministry building) and made sure we were situated. Then a fantastic guide and security person (to open unlocked doors with fabulously old keys - and likely watch over us to be sure we didn’t take anything) led us through the private areas which tourists do not see unless they book this tour. Oh my what an experience! We were able to be inside the chapel, not simply look over the ropes, the royal opera house, plus tour the private apartments of the king and queen…..the state apartments are opulent and certainly worth seeing but the private apartments are where they actually LIVED. What a treat! Following the arrest of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette the apartments were looted but some of the original, priceless furniture has found its way home. And good thing. We viewed some incredibly ornate pieces including Louis’ incredible roll top desk and gifts Marie Antoinette received from friends and family. It was wonderful! We have to remember that despite what history remembers these were real people with interests and talents and fears and insecurities which would perhaps surprise us today. Because it was tradition for the king and queen to have separate apartments the conjugal visits were noticed and then gossiped about in court. Louis XVI was shy….we know of the difficulties in that marriage from historical records. He did not enjoy being the brunt of gossip and innuendo. So a private and mostly secret passage allowed him a private path to his wife. We were able to traverse that very passageway which was really something. Viewing their china, some personal effects, and private living areas changed how we think of them, which is in itself a good thing. This experience must be reserved and it is limited each day. If you want to avoid the pushing and shoving of crowds this is THE way to see Versailles. Entry allows for you to also view the state apartments at your leisure, which are also not to be missed. We still saw the hall of mirrors and other rooms but were able to see them again following this magnificent tour. If you think you’ll only see Versailles once then you MUST arrange for this tour.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
  • kunfushuss
    Pennsylvania480 contributions
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    Palace interior is similar to many others
    I rated the grounds a 5/5 but the palace itself only a 4/5. The palace is not that different than, for example, Nymphenburg. It's nice, obnoxiously ornate, and the audioguide helps give some context, but not enough. This is especially true due to the significant crowds - it is hard to stand somewhere long enough to absorb the audioguide information. Regardless, if you haven't been to Nymphenberg, Madrid, or one of the other great palaces, it's worth walking through. At the end of the day, the gardens are worth the trip out to Versailles - if you like gardens. I think a guided, off-hours tour is the only way I am likely to go inside the palace again.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Becky S
    Portland, Oregon29 contributions
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    Garden Amazing for Kids
    This garden was outstanding! We had so much fun wandering along the paths lined with statues / fountains / flowers. The palace itself was also impressive- especially from the outside. The crowds inside got a bit overwhelming which made the push through room after room of similar styles less appealing. My advice for parents is to breeze through the palace a bit quickly in order to spend the bulk of your time in the garden.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Elizabeth
    Kansas City, Kansas86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit!
    Thursday, 0900 Passport ticket included main Palace, fountains/gardens, Grand Trianon & Petit Trianon. 27 euro per adult, 10 euro per child, purchased tickets online direct through the Chateau de Versailles website (below) 6 weeks in advance. We arrived at 8:30am, ~20 people in line in front of us. Doors opened at 9:00. Tickets scanned off my phone. We walked quickly through & went straight to the hall of mirrors. There were only a few other people there so it was nice to enjoy & get pictures without the crowds. We took our time touring the rest of the palace then exited to the gardens around 10am. You aren’t allowed to back track through rooms or return to the inside of the palace after you exit so be sure to plan & see what you want accordingly. Tickets scanned again to get into the gardens. We walked through a garden to a ledge which overlooked the l’Orangerie garden (the one with the swirled designs) beautiful! We rented a golf cart (40 euro for first hour, 10 euro for every 15 min after that). We had it for about 70min which was enough to see & tour the Grand Trianon & Petite Trianon. They were nice to see though not as amazing as the main palace. We ate at the little cafe on site (take away sandwiches & salads, but rooms with tables to eat inside). Food quality was okay, but quick & easy & near bathrooms. We left around 12:30. We had downloaded the audio guide app from the main website but did not use it while there. I had listened to some before the trip & they were good. If you are very into the history & plan to stay all day then it would be good to use. Weather was in the upper 70s & a bit windy, but comfortable. We wore nice jeans (no holes/tears), kids in sweatshirts, my husband a collared shirt, I a blazer, all comfortable shoes/sneakers. Overall it was worth the trip (side trip from Paris). The staff were all very kind & helpful as well. I highly recommend!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Kristi N
    Muskegon, Michigan46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    When they say the palace is built “over the top”, they mean it. Absolutely gorgeous. I went with a tour group, so I don’t know how long the wait is without tickets ahead of time, but judging from the crowds, I would buy ahead. Allow most of the day.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Rosamundaud
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing - just amazing!
    Travelled to Paris on Eurostar, got a taxi to Versailles (70 euros), stayed in a small hotel within walking distance of the chateau. We had booked a 9am ticket, queued for about 10 minutes. It was a Saturday in August so crowded but no more so than any other major tourist attraction. The chateau is amazing; the Hall of Mirrors is breathtaking. We used the audio guide (5 euros) which was very informative. We then got the petit train around the grounds / park to the petit Trianon - well with a visit. There were a few cafes, the food looked nice, had an eclair and hot chocolate which were to die for! Went back to our hotel for a rest then had an early evening meal before returning for the evening sound & light show with fireworks - quite spectacular! A long tiring day but a wonderful experience. Need to wear comfy shoes. Sadly the weather wasn’t great so didn’t get to see the gardens at their best but it didn’t matter. It was a great day.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Martin123100
    Farnborough, United Kingdom247 contributions
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    Breathtaking! Go at night during summer Saturdays!
    We visited twice, one week apart as it was a stop to and from our road trip. The first day we did the Palace and the other buildings at the back of the garden, it was hot, we are fit, but we just couldn't find the energy in August heat to do the garden. The second trip, after recommendation from our hotel, we did the Saturday Night Music Fountain Firework evening. IT WAS INCREDIBLE. The incredible sound system plays atmospheric classical music around the whole garden, with 2 of the pools having mater and light shows. Do not underestimate the size of the garden, we walked over 12km in 2.5 hours following the official routes around the fountains. For info, the music light and fountain show runs every Saturday between June and September. It starts at 8:30 and ends with 15 min fireworks to music on the grand perspective at 11:10. Can enter before this time. We arrived at 7:55 and got to the Neptune pool at the start of the route with the first water light music show at 8:30. You absolutely cannot miss this place out!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • anastasia895
    London, United Kingdom169 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Astonishing but too crowded
    No doubt is a must see, it will impress you with its gold, grandeur, history, wealth, decor and glamour. However, all mentioned above was quite hard to enjoy. There are no benches or chairs inside of the palace to sit and reflect on your impressions. Even though you must buy a ticket for a certain time slot, the palace is still so overcrowded. I really struggled to make my way from one room to another through the groups of tourists standing still listening to their tour guide and blocking the way. On contrary in other rooms I felt I was not able to walk at my own pace as the crown was 'carrying' me to the next room. It felt like of was on a London tube during rush hour. I think the Palace's management needs to admit less visitors for each time slot, an easy fix that will enable each visitor to have more pleasant experience and build more memories. No need to say it is still worth visiting, it is absolutely stunning and the Mirror Hall is just unforgettable.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 14, 2023
  • L Tran
    New York City, New York626 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular palace, especially the gardens.
    This was the fourth time I visited the palace, and was the first time I did for 2 days so I could visit the main palace, the garden, the Grand and Petit Trianons. The palace was crowded with tour groups that made it hard for me to move from room to room. However, I still do recommend you to visit this spectacular place.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 17, 2023
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Hannekejag
Eindhoven, The Netherlands275 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We had a mainly good experience at Versailles. We were a bit taken aback by the number of people visiting despite of COVID. They sold a lot of entry tickets and not all guests were serious about social distancing. The personnel offered hand sanitizer but did not monitor that guests kept their distance. I think about 50% of the guests tried to keep their distance, but the other 50% made this very difficult. However we loved wandering through the gardens, which was a perfect social distancing activity! We also had tickets to the Grand and Petit Trianon, and I would recommend visiting those if you are serious about social distancing. I found them prettier than the main palace and guests were more respectful!
Written July 27, 2020
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hjr_86
Manchester, UK68 contributions
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Nov 2021 • Couples
After booking months in advance with a specific entry time and advice that you can enter 30mins before expect to wait a few more hours outside! Staff have no clue what’s happening, we showed our ticket was directed to a queue only to be told when we got to the front that only 1pm bookings could come through when at this point it was 2.15pm. Although the building and gardens are beautiful I would never book again via their website, only book via a third party organised tour guide whereby there is a separate entrance with time slots which are adhered to - otherwise expect frustration and stress in advance of entering. Rooms are packed full so also expect lots of waiting around and constant requests to pass through! Overall disappointing experience
Written November 5, 2021
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Written November 17, 2021
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Louise D
York, UK4 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Couples
We were really looking forward to visiting Versailles, but the experience was completely ruined by the number of people and complete lack of social distancing.
We had assumed (perhaps naively) that because timed entry tickets were mandatory the volume of entries would be restricted - this was definitely not the case! Each room was packed with people, no distancing was enforced and we were in a slow moving queue the entire time.
Even without our concerns about Covid this isn’t a great experience. We couldn’t appreciate the beautiful artworks in each room at all, and overall it was exhausting trying to keep some kind of distance from others.
If we had known it would be like this beforehand we definitely would not have visited! Don’t believe the information on their website, there is zero effort to keep visitors safe.
Written August 19, 2020
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macarons2013
Lincoln, UK178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A glorious palace that needs stamina. The gardens are free which is wonderful and if you choose to visit the palace itself, do not forget to buy your tickets in the left handside building before you join the long queue in the courtyard. There is quite a bit of security to go through, then you move along with the crowds. My advice is to arrive early. Once inside you can go at your own pace. A must see.
Written March 5, 2020
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Colinhs9
Stockport, UK224 contributions
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Feb 2020
We visited late on a Saturday in February, which may not have been the best time to visit. The queue was pretty hefty and we waited for 40 mins or so before getting in, and then had to head round in packed crowds most of the way.

The actual building is lovely,and the gardens look great (although not at their best in February), but many of the rooms were just a bit, well, dull. We somehow missed the room of mirrors, thanks to some dodgy signage and emerged after about an hour. There is loads to see in Paris, so not sure this was worth the 30 minute drive. Maybe the gardens would be in the summer - they are free.
Written March 1, 2020
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Ana G
Sydney, Australia417 contributions
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Apr 2019
The lines were absolutely incredible. They wove down the front of the palace and down onto the street. The lines were 2-3 hours long.

I went on a tour and as it was Easter Day there were hardly any tours so we walked in almost immediately, over wise even the tour line can be an hour wait.

The gardens were absolutely spectacular there is plenty to see.

The palace is beautiful and grand and exactly what you expect it to be. The gold gates are a perfect representation of what you will see on the inside.
Written March 29, 2020
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Federico N
13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
The museum and the ville of Versailles is not for disabled peoples. There is a stone walkway which is hard for people in wheelchair. We bought the tickets (4 peoples, 1 in wheelchair and his caregiver, 1 male and a girl ), then at entrance the ticket were not valid, they thought that my disabled friend was faking even with official EU disability passport and my friend was not younger than 25 years old even showing the ID. You can take a coffee and macaroni but you cannot eat inside, but, irony, if you leave more than 100 € at Angelina Restaurant, you can eat.
Beatiful for art and paintings, but a lot hypocrisy and rude staff.
Written November 28, 2021
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Luisguiper
Bogota, Colombia993 contributions
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Jun 2019
Many things could be told about the Versailles complex, but I’d like to highlight the following:
Getting there from Paris: I bought the E$7,20 round trip ticket at a metro station in Paris. With the same ticket, metro can be taken from any station in Paris to a RER C station where the train departs to Versailles’ Rive-Gauche station, final stop near the complex; afterwards, a short walk leads to the entrance gates. I used the same way back to París. I bought the round trip ticket in Paris to avoid the long lines to buy the train ticket at the Versailles station.
Access: I got the Museum Pass that covered the entrance fee to the Palace, the Trianon complex, and the gardens (an extra ticket must be purchased to access gardens for days with scheduled shows). I did not follow the line to buy tickets, but I did have to follow a long line to access the Palace, though it was not that slow to finally enter to the building.
The Palace: No doubt it is a great building to see. There are several rooms exhibiting not just the fancy thing of it, but also art expressed in different ways like architecture, paintings, frescoes on the ceilings, statues, wood art and others. Other areas to see: Facilities at the complex: Restaurants and food stalls, toilettes everywhere, bikes and minicars for rent, a small train that connects the Palace and the Trianon (at a cost).
Written April 26, 2020
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karenpammy2016
San Francisco, CA1,190 contributions
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Jul 2022
First of all, if you are planning to take the RER C to Versailles, make sure you constantly check the board for any change in tracks as they do not run as frequent and we found out the hard way that the trains do change tracks without any notice. We figured out that it was changed as the RER C was overdue but we did not realize it had been changed over on the board other the other corresponding track.
Once you arrive, it is just about a 10 minute walk over to the entrance of Versailles.

Normally we would have purchased a Paris Museum Pass for the convenience but this time we did not as the pass did not offer us the option to get advance online reservations; therefore, we purchased the tickets separately online. Make sure you choose the option that you want as there are over four options to choose from. Inadvertently we purchased the Versailles Chateau portion only and did not realize that access into the gardens is not valid with just the Versailles Chateau ticket.

It is definitely best to have advance timed reservations as we were able to access within 15-20 minutes upon arrival after the x-ray. We took the self guided tour without the headset and it worked well as everything is pretty much self-explanatory. There were a lot of people as usual but not as crowded as before as everything is timed these days. The only regret we have is that we were unable to access the gardens. We wanted to have lunch over at La Flotille that is located right beside the Grand Canal. In order to access it, we had to detour and walk all around the perimeter of the Chateau and back into the grounds which was about a good hour's walk. It was worth it for the lunch and the canal boat rental on the Grand Canal.
Written August 18, 2022
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No18 to Baker St
London, UK18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Worst start to the day as we were fined €50 for not having our tickets stamped on the RER Line L although the barriers were open. We were not alone as others from Italy, Australia etc were also complaining despite having valid unstamped tickets. Ripping off tourists.

At the Palace there was a huge line for those with pre-purchased tickets because they had only 2 security gates in operation. Little thought of the visitor experience. It takes 30-45 mins to clear the queues with advance purchase tickets. Don’t bother if you have got pre-purchasers tickets as the days are sold out.

The Palace is wonderful with rich displays and the the phone app who get free audio guide, just bring headphones.

Could visit the gardens as they had a fountain music shows on the day which cost another €10 but by then we were exhausted by the events of the day.

Mixed feelings as the palace is fantastic but the rest is an ordeal. France in a nutshell.
The visitor numbers were very large and all rooms were very busy. With temperatures in the mid 30’s
Written August 9, 2022
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