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 entrance tickets with audio guide and full access to gardens
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Palace of Versailles entrance tickets with audio guide and full access to gardens

Book your full access pass to the whole estate of Versailles: Palace, Hall of Mirrors, Royal Apartments, Marie Antoinette hamlet, Trianon, Gardens and Fountains Show!

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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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Lunch at ore – Ducasse au Château de Versailles
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Lunch at ore – Ducasse au Château de Versailles

Make the most of your visit of Versailles Palace taking a lunch-break at Ore restaurant by Chef Alain Ducasse! A once-in-a-lifetime gourmet experience in Paris!

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Versailles Palace and Gardens tour with Chef Ducasse Lunch
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Versailles Palace and Gardens tour with Chef Ducasse Lunch

Embark upon our guided visit to the Chateau de Versailles and enjoy a delicious meal at Ore restaurant proposing fine French cuisine by chef Alain Ducasse.

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Duration up to 5 hours 30 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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Tour of Versailles Palace and Musical Gardens show
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Tour of Versailles Palace and Musical Gardens show

Discover the Palace of Versailles and its Gardens with your expert guide and check out the Fountain Show or Musical Gardens to make your day special.

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Duration up to 2 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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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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Duration up to 7 hours 30 minutes
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Breakfast at ore – Ducasse au Château de Versailles
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Breakfast at ore – Ducasse au Château de Versailles

Enjoy a breakfast at the Ore restaurant in Versailles, by Chef Alain Ducasse. An exceptional setting and view for this unique venue, open to the public all day.

Duration 1 hour
Versailles private tour for families and children
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Versailles private tour for families and children

Book this 2-hour tour and travel back to the days of the French court on a family and child-friendly tour of the legendary Palace of Versailles!

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Duration more than 2 hours
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Eiffel Tower, Versailles and Arc de Triomphe combo tour
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Eiffel Tower, Versailles and Arc de Triomphe combo tour

Optimize your stay in Paris booking this combo tour including the Eiffel Tower (summit included), Versailles Palace and Gardens, and the Arc de Triomphe!

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Duration more than 24 hours
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Reviews Palace of Versailles

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

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