Grand Canal
Grand Canal
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Vanessa P
Calgary, Canada1,452 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
I would suggest buying the ticket in advance, skip the line option and arriving early, really early. We didn't plan the visit. So we bought tickets at the tourism center and we spent around 2 hours and a half in line to get in. Once inside, we rented a golf car to move around and I do not regret. As everywhere is so grand and far away if you want to see a bit of it, a car will be a great help!

It can be a 1 day visit. But the castle is so big that it is impossible to see everything at one. The other option would be stay in Versailles over night and go for a second visit. The town is very charing!

The Gardens of Versailles cover some 800 hectares of land and it was landscaped in the classic French formal style by André Le Nôtre. It was one of the most incredible places I have ever seen. It is a must to see in your lifetime.

The gardens in the castle were intended to illustrate the power of the absolutist monarch Louis XIV. It worked! You can only imaged how powerful he must be on his time.
Written August 30, 2020
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IrishRover
Pittsburgh, PA3,075 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We arrived after closing and just walked the entire Canal Grounds. Truly amazing and to think how long ago this was built. True beauty for everyone to enjoy we ended up walking around 3.5 miles
Written June 22, 2022
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia48,801 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The Grand Canal is a magnificent part of the Versailles Palace. The sheer size of it and the volumes of water needed to make it work are just mind boggling. A great place to walk around.
Written October 15, 2020
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Katerina 💎
Patras, Greece535 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
It doesn' add any value to the palace and the gardens. It is just an add to everything else. I just looked at it and said ok!
Written November 17, 2019
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Grand canal is a pretty big man made lake you can see from the gardens of Versailles - that's its longer hand.
However, if walking along it you'll notice at the center it has two more hands making it look like a cross.
Written February 16, 2022
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Sohail Ahmed S
Essen, Germany306 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Impressive how the swamp was cleared and instead now there are fountains and water canal, where you can rent small paddle boats and enjoy the time with your loved one. Grand Canal also have a few eating places some better than others. Wonderful to walk along the grand canal from Château to Marie-Antoinette's Estate
Written April 7, 2019
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ExplorerXYZ
Philadelphia, PA1,096 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Solo
This is a large garden area. Please note that a 1/2 day can be easily spent here after the Chateau.

The canals have rowboats and it is very pleasant to either take part in the rowing or simply sit on the sides of the water and watch the activity. Bicycles can also be rented and the paths around the water taken.

There are also some vendors selling juices and ice cream as well as some cafes and restaurants that provide the replenishment you'll need after all the activity of the day. There are large sections of grass with some not to be used and some that serve as an area for picnics and absorbing the sun. Bring a blanket there are no picnic tables.

There are ducks in the water. If you have children you may want to bring some bread to feed the ducks. Pick you time of visit with some forethought as during the good weather and tourist season these gardens are extremely full. Shoulder seasons are best at the break of Spring or Autumn.

Entry to this part of the garden does not have a fee. Bathroom are available.
Written May 14, 2013
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TraLonW
London/Worcs375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Friends
This time we did not visit the interior of the Chateaux but rather spent several hours in the gardens and parkland. A small electric car (similar to a golf truck) can be hired at the entrance of the gardens - minimum one hour. Drivers licence is required. Holders of an official Disabled Card receive 40% discount. The fountains are stunning and totally transform the gardens when they are switched on. It is possible to walk the whole 5.5kms loop around the Grand Canal which really brings to life the sheer size of the grounds. Boats can also be hired by the hour. Versailles is easy to reach - RER C to Rive Gauche and then a 8 minute walk.
Written August 20, 2012
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Helen C
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Huge fun sharing around here on bikes. Bike hire simple and sensibly done by paying at the end. Top thing to do
Written July 22, 2020
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TravelNGFam
Hong Kong, China116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We enjoyed it here. Our children liked the marble statues, the swans, the paddleboats and of course the ice-cream stalls. A really enjoyable visit to the parks after our visit to the castle itself.
Written September 13, 2019
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