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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  • WorldTravlerTLA
    Boston, Massachusetts31 contributions
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    Beautiful Palace, Reduced by Crowds
    Unfortunately, the crowds and the heat made this visit less than it could have been. Although our tickets were for timed entry, the massive crowds detracted significantly from the experience. The entry lines were in a courtyard with no shade from the sun, and inside wasn't much better, with each room shoulder-to-shoulder with people. Versailles is a wonderful place to visit, but I would recommend off-season to maximize enjoyment.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Haubert_F
    Portugal164 contributions
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    Extraordinary place, must go!
    This is an extraordinary place. Definitely a must go! It's incredible to see how was the royal life centuries ago. And the gardens, are just amazing. If you want really to explore, it needs a whole day. If you're in a hurry, half day will be enough, knowing that the gardens have 800 hectares!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 July 2023
  • 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 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 19 July 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 July 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Elizabeth
    Kansas City, Kansas86 contributions
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    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Kristi N
    Muskegon, Michigan46 contributions
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    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 5 August 2023
  • Rosamundaud
    27 contributions
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    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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 August 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
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M Gilmore
Invergordon, Scottish Highlands, Scotland183 contributions
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Jul 2024 • Family
This was our 4th visit and we'll start with the good bits.

Since we last came they now encourage all visitors to pre-book, which we did. We'd assumed this might make it a bit less busy since it would be staggered, and initially that did seem to be the case; we arrived and went through security to get into the courtyard, and the long snaking queues were not there like before. We waited for our alloted timeslot and got through the second security check (including bag scan) quickly, then on to the interior. At first the rooms were busy but not over crowded and we didn't use the audio guide so could swiftly move on if there were pinch-points.

Unfortunately, as soon as we approached the rooms of Louis XIV and the Hall of Mirrors, it fell apart. With such small doorways it was a literal crush of people from start to finish. You could barely see anything due to being surrounded by people (some with rucksacks) and I honestly felt panicky at times. We ended up just pushing our way through, as politely as we could, so felt we really missed some of the best parts of the interior.

I'm not sure what the answer is but it really needs some sort of organisation or filtering. It's really quite dangerous with that many people crammed into small spaces, and spoils the experience of the Palace itself. With some effort made to control the crowds in the most popular interior sections it would be perfect.

Fortunately the gardens are much better as there is space for everyone. We loved the musical fountain experience, although only one of the three was working on the day we were there (5th July). Admitedly there aren't that many flowers compared to UK stately gardens but it's still nice to wander the paths, see the many fountains - some of which are spectacular - and get the fantastic views of both the Palace and the grounds themselves. We also really liked the main outdoor cafe; it's in a lovely peaceful spot but does get very busy and we were lucky to grab a table.

Whilst not cheap we spent a good 4hrs there, so felt the entry price was worth it. Just be prepared for a LOT of walking, unless you can access one of the golf carts (we couldn't work out how/where you hire them?).

Also, if you are coming from Paris beware getting the wrong train tickets! We bought returns to Versaille-Chateau from Gare de Nord and got on a train heading to Versaille-Rive Droit. Our tickets were actually checked on the train and let us out at the barrier when we arrived. However, on our return only two of the tickets worked at the barrier (which was an error) and we subsequently discovered we should have been at another station on the other side of town!

After much to-and-fro (thankfully my husband is a fluent French speaker) they allowed the two of us who had gone through to get on the train with those tickets, but we had to buy one replacement ticket to get the other person through the barriers.

Seemingly we're not the first to get caught like that, so do check the destination when you're buying and make sure you get on the right train for your ticket!
Written 11 July 2024
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JoeKupe
Victor, NY727 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Family
The Palace of Versailles has a little of everything, and a lot of art! Versailles is about 30 - 40 minutes outside of Paris and if you are three people or more it is more convenient and roughly costs the same to take an Uber there than the train, and this is what we did, leaving us dropped off right in front of the palace. Was it our favorite things to do in Paris, no, and it comes down to this - if you are spending more than three days in Paris make the trip, it is well worth the time, if you are spending three days or less in Paris leave it for another day so you are not rushing through. We enjoyed walking through the palace more than the art itself; what we really loved the most though were the gardens! The palace is part of the Paris Museum Pass while the gardens have a separate entry fee which is well worth it. While touring the gardens we had some small snacks at a take away counter which is tucked into a small corner of the gardens, and for a small take away counter the coffees and crêpe were pretty darn good!

Yes, Emily in Paris held her fashion show in Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors, but somehow it does not look as grand in person. Additionally please note there is an Angelina’s in the palace, and since Angelina’s in Paris is always crowded this may be a great spot to try their famous hot chocolate!
Written 10 July 2024
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Said U
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Jun 2024 • Family
Oh my God they have the worst customer service in the world. Especially the guy who woks at the front desk. He had issues with every single visitor who was in lane to buy tickets. Everyone was complaining about his rudeness. He was very rude and unprofessional. I guess he doesn’t like foreigners.
Written 10 July 2024
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Clarisse C
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Jul 2024 • Family
I have been to the Chateau de Versailles with my family coming from Georgia on 4th of July. We bought tickets that we paid 128 eur. When it was our time for the visit, they announce that the castle was getting evacuated with no further explanation. There was no knowledge on when the caslte would reopen.

Unfortunately, we had to then pick up my son in school and could not wait all afternoon for the castle to reopen. We waited more than one hour with nothing and then leave.

We still had no idea why we were unable to enter the castle. We left and basically were unable to see anything of the castle but the outside.

Being disappointed on the matter, I contacted customer support to ask for refund as we paid ticket that we did not get to use as entry was denied. They refused the refuns as the caslte reopen after 1h30 which I quote "is not a long time" and that their policy is non refundable.

It is a very disappointing case and I wish to warn other visitors of this policy. The castle may close with you not being informed why and you will have paid ticket for nothing.

Very disappointed for my family that came to visit and just got to paid a lot of money for absolutely nothing.

Not a pleasant experience.
Written 9 July 2024
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Jean I
Melbourne, Australia72 contributions
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Jul 2024 • Family
Well worth a visit. We went from Paris with 2x teens. Our entry time was 12pm which worked for us - late rising in Paris, and easy to get the train out there to arrive for 12. We didn’t love the palace, simply because of the sheer volume of people trying to get through the rooms. Once you go start the palace, you kind of have to follow the plan to get through to the gardens. The volume of people made us want to get out to the garden as quickly as possible.
Thoroughly recommend getting the petite train ticket to move between the different spots. There is still quite a bit of walking without the train. This certainly helped us to do the Trianon and the hamlet plus the palace and gardens all in one day. The gardens and fountains were great, and huge.
We also managed to catch the coach gallery on the way out (this is at the front of Versailles) - recommend doing this - and it doesn’t take long. We left about 6pm to head back to Paris.
Written 8 July 2024
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as79_nyc
New York City, NY35 contributions
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Jul 2024 • Family
Palace and the grounds are beautiful, but too big to cover on foot

1) I got the passport tickets that come with the entry to the gardens. The gardens are huge, and since we were already tired from walking around the palace, we wanted to rent the golf cart. Since it was high peak, summertime and the traffic was high, they were barely any carts available, and the line was long and for some reason, the company closes at 4 PM.

2) the passport ticket came with entry to the Trianon and petit Trianon but the staff stopped running the little train that takes you there around 3:30 pm and it’s over 30 minute walk to get there. So in essence even though the Trianon and petit Trianon are open till 8:30 they might as well be closed because walking there 30mins and back 30mins is difficult for most people. There were so many people in the gardens till 530 and that’s when the gardens officially close and many of those people have benefited from using the train back to the gates , but for some reason, it was closed early for some event.

Clearly palace management doesn’t care about comfort of tourist who can use a ride back after a long day and have paid for the said services.
Written 6 July 2024
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Yllar
Viljandi57 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Couples
Only a small part of its former glory has been restored and exhibited, but even that is enough to show the grandeur of this place.
According to the recommendations, we bought the tickets in advance for the first time in the morning, 09:00, to avoid a big crowd, but even so, there were too many people, and the State Apartment section was particularly crowded.
The route of movement in the castle is well marked and it seems that we did not miss anything.
I definitely recommend renting an audio guide.
It took us 3 hours in the grand palace itself.
When we arrived at the garden, we were already quite tired, but we couldn't rent an electric car to get around, because there was a very long queue. We got to know the garden partially and very briefly, but it also took 1 hour. Unfortunately the fountains were not working during our stay and I think we missed 80% of the experience because of that. We could have rented an electric car at the back gate of the garden without queuing, but then we were already in a hurry to visit The Estate of Trianon.
The Grand Trianon was very small compared to the representative palace, but an enjoyable experience and left a complete impression, and The Petit Trianon was not so impressive, but probably just seen beforehand was just too good. The Petit Trianon garden in front of it was the most sympathetic.
We would have really liked to visit The Queen's Hamlet as well, but we were already too tired for that.
It is very tiring to try to see everything in one day. We were there for 6.5 hours and couldn't see everything, because we were just tired both physically and morally (culture poisoning). If possible, I recommend splitting the visit over two days. Be sure to do your preliminary work on what to visit and in what order. Maybe to avoid the crowd, it would be better to come for lunch instead of morning and start your visit at The Estate of Trianon and only then go to the Grand Palace.
Written 6 July 2024
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Zanne
scotland209 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Couples
Magnificent place to visit. Thankfully it was a warm sunny day. Coach picked us up and dropped us off right outside the gate. Guide took us right up to go through security. Extrodinary place beautifully extremely well designed. Impressive with all the interiors, tapestry and paintings. Very busy we were there mid day and by the time we left the queues were very long. Don’t get enough time to stand and look at the displays due to how busy it was. Nevertheless brilliant. The gardens are a must they are magnificent, lovely to walk through and the maze also. It’s a must to visit
Written 5 July 2024
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mesofly
Toronto, Canada77 contributions
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May 2024 • Friends
When you exit onto the grounds from the palace and its raining, say goodbye to your shoes. There is no option to go back inside, you have to walk the entire grounds to exit, doing this in pouring rain was not a pleasant experience since drainage is terrible. As visitors who planned a whole day out after the palace, we wore wet shoes the entire day. The whole experience was forgettable starting with the lineups, crowd, rain and flood.
Written 3 July 2024
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RoadWeary2014
San Diego, CA28 contributions
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Jun 2024 • Couples
The pictures were so beautiful, we wanted to see it, but were disappointed. It's a lot of work just to get there, get parked, and then get inside. It was extremely crowded. Our main disappointment was that we found the gardens monotonous, no flowers, just row after row of hedges. The interiors were likewise more of the same from room-to-room. I think the photos are well worth gazing at, but I wish we hadn't wasted half a day going. None of the fountain gardens were running, yet we had to pay to walk inside the gardens. The Luxembourg Gardens (free) in Paris blows it away.
Written 3 July 2024
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