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Palace of Versailles All Access Passport Entry with Audioguide
All Access • Audio Guide • Mobile Tickets
  • Enjoy access to all areas of the royal estate with your Versailles Passport, including Marie Antoinette’s Estate, the Royal Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, and the beautiful gardens, as well as the stunning Musical Garden and Fountain shows.
  • Explore the magnificent palace with the help of an audioguide so that you can not only marvel at the architecture but learn more about the rich history of 17th century Europe.
  • You will also have access to the stunning Musical Garden and Fountain shows that run at intervals throughout the day on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Versailles is a popular destination for a day trip in the summer and as such, wait times for entry can be anywhere between 60-90 minutes during peak hours, hence we recommend that you plan your visit during the off peak times post noon so you can gain access with your Passport as swiftly as possible.
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Versailles Palace Skip The Line + Passport Entry with Audioguide
Skip The Line • All Access • Audio Guide
  • Collect your skip the line tickets from a short distance away and get escorted inside the exquisite Palace of Versailles so you can explore it at your own, relaxed pace.
  • With your audio guide to lead the way, tour the ornate royal estate, from the Hall of Mirrors to the beautiful Trianon Estate, hearing tales and lesser known anecdotes about the members of French Monarchy that dwelled here!
  • Enjoy access to all areas of the royal estate with your Versailles Passport, including Marie Antoinette’s Estate, the Royal Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, and the beautiful gardens, as well as the stunning Musical Garden and Fountain shows.
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Palace of Versailles Entry Ticket with Audioguide
Entry Ticket • Audioguide • Mobile Tickets
  • Tour the magnificent Grand Apartments and explore 250 acres of gorgeously landscaped lawns and fountains that make up Versaille's incredible gardens as your audio guide commentary unravels some of the Palace’s most enticing secrets.
  • Visit the stunning Hall of Mirrors - a corridor filled with 357 mirrors that majestically reflect the gardens through the Palace's famed arched windows.
  • Versailles on a clear day is a sight to behold, one that draws a million visitors each summer, ensuring that the wait for entry can be anywhere between 60-90 minutes. In order to make the most of your time with your prepurchased tickets, plan your visit during off peak hours in the afternoon so you can experience everything on offer.
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Versailles Skip The Line Tour with Audioguide
Skip The Line • Audioguide • Mobile Tickets
  • Enjoy access to parts of the Palace estate usually not open to the public, like the Trianon estate, a gift from Louis XVI to Marie Antoinette upon the birth of their first child as a getaway from court life.
  • From King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, get a glimpse into the lives of the French monarchy’s most influential figures with the help of an audioguide as you explore the very rooms in which they lived out their years.
  • Stroll through the perfectly manicured gardens, the exquisitely designed fountains and the carriages and coaches in the Carrosses Gallery of the Palace estate to complete your journey to 17th century France!
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Skip The Line Guided Tour of Versailles Palace - 75 Minutes Classic
Expert Local Guide • Skip The Line • Tour Of The Castle
  • Avoid long queues with exclusive skip-the-line access. Make the most of your time with an expert guide who will help you navigate the vast royal estate.
  • Visit the stunning Hall of Mirrors - a corridor filled with 357 mirrors that majestically reflect the gardens through arched windows.
  • Roam around the gardens and explore 250 acres of gorgeously landscaped lawns and fountains.
  • From King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette, get a glimpse into the lives of the French monarchy’s most influential figures.
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Versailles Palace Priority Access Tour from Paris with Transportation
Skip The Line • Escorted Entrance • Audioguide • Transportation
  • Enjoy convenient transportation from/ to Paris in a comfortable air conditioned coach with pickup from 3 locations in Paris so you don't have to worry about the commute to the outskirts where Versailles is located.
  • An expert host will accompany you during the complete trip and will help you skip the long lines at Versailles, saving you upto 2 hours of waits for entry. Meet your host after a relaxing self guided tour of the stunning Royal Estate to head back to Paris.
  • This ticket includes an informative multilingual audioguide to help you enjoy and understand the history of the palace as well as access to the Musical Gardens & Fountain shows that take place on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; all this combined with transfers from the city make this the perfect way to visit the Palace!
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Skip the Line: Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris
Small Group Tour • Skip The Line Entry • Expert Guide • Transportation
  • Enjoy transportation from/ to Paris in a comfortable air conditioned coach with pickup from Paris so you don't have to worry about the commute to the outskirts where Versailles is located.
  • Avoid long queues with exclusive skip-the-line access to the Palace which you will gain with the help of your guide, who will also conduct a 4 and a half hour tour of the expansive estate so you can be sure that you will miss out on nothing.
  • With access to the Musical Gardens & Fountain Shows on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, combined with the convenience of transfers and the company of an expert, professional guide, your visit to the Palace is guaranteed to be memorable!
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Giverny, Monet's Garden & Versailles Palace Full Day Trip from Paris
Full Day Tour • Expert Guide • Best Of France
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the lush gardens at Giverny, including the Clos Normand Flower Garden and the Japanese Water Garden, captured so beautifully in Claude Monet's works, as you will get to see when you visit the artist's house and studio.
  • Take advantage of your time between your tours of the two attractions which you can spend strolling around the artist's estate or walking into to town to sample some local cuisine and wine before you make your way with your tour group and guide to the Palace of Versailles.
  • Get priority entrance to Versailles with your prepurchased, skip the line tickets that are part of your tour and explore the labyrinthine estate from the Hall of Mirrors and the Royal Apartments to the vast gardens and fountains, with your expert guide regaling you with tales of the French Monarchy's glory days.
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Intro

The exquisite Palace of Versailles is one of the most extraordinary achievements in 17th century European art. Situated just 30 minutes outside Paris, in the village of Versailles, this elaborate complex once thrived as an epicenter of political power for the Kingdom of France.

Built in the late 1600s, the Palace of Versailles was initially just a hunting lodge, constructed for King Louis XIII. As the years went by, the royal family grew increasingly fond of the quaint French village. In 1682, Louis XIII’s son, King Louis XIV, decided to move the royal court from the bustling city of Paris, to Versailles, transforming his father’s old hunting pavilion into a magnificent complex of rooms, gardens and fountains. For nearly 100 years, a succession of kings continued to embellish the palace and reign in Versailles. It wasn’t until the French Revolution that the royal court was forced to move back to the capitol, in October of 1789.

The Palace Today

Today, the Palace, also known as Château de Versailles, contains 2,300 rooms spread across 63,154m². Illustrating more than five centuries of French history, the Palace not only houses remarkable works of art - it stands as a work of art itself. One of the most ornately designed rooms of all, the Hall of Mirrors features 357 mirrors, including seventeen mirror-clad arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows overlooking the gardens. The Versailles Palace Gardens span an impressive 250 acres, and continue to thrive as a beautifully manicured plot with 400 sculptures and 1,400 fountains.

Each year, it is estimated that approximately 5 million people visit the Palace of Versailles, and between 8 and 10 million people walks its gardens. A place of immense beauty, Versailles stands as a symbol of France’s monarchy and lives on as the location of several important peace treaty signings, including two treaties of the 1783 Peace of Paris, by which Britain recognised the independence of the US, as well as the Treaty of Versailles, which formally ended the First World War.

1. Palace/Castle

With over 700 rooms, the Palace offers a peek into the lives of the French monarchy’s most influential figures. From the glittering Hall of Mirrors to the stunning portraits that sweep the ceilings of the Royal Apartments, tour the Palace and travel back in time.

Hours
Tues - Sun from 9AM to 6:30PM (high season) 5:30PM (low season)
Last entry to the palace is at 6pm (high season) and 5PM (low season)

Places to visit inside the Castle
Entry to the following are included in basic entry tickets:
- The Grand Apartment of the King
- The Grand Apartment of the Queen
- The Hall of Mirrors

Some of the other areas to explore in the Castle are the Museum of History, Apartments of Mesdames, Battle Gallery, Royal Chapel, Royal Opera, Congress Hall, Marie-Antoinette’s Interior Cabinets, Favorites Apartments, The King’s Inner Apartment, The Apartments of the Dauphin and the Dauphine.

Entrance
The main entrance to the Palace of Versailles is through the Court of Honor (Cour d'Honneur). Entrance A, (at the top of the courtyard to the left), is reserved for all guests who have pre-purchased tickets online (this applies to all Online tickets). Entrance H is reserved for guests with disabilities.

2. Carrosses Gallery (The Royal Stables)

Step back in time as you browse through the works showcased at the the Carrosses Gallery. Created by Louis-Philippe, the gallery houses a valuable collection of carriages, sleds, cars and harnesses.

Hours
Tues - Sun from 12:30PM to 6:30PM
Last entry is at 6PM

Entrance
The Carrosses Gallery is located at the right side of the courtyard, across from the Castle entrance.

3. Marie Antoinette’s Estate (Domaine de Trianon)

Visit Marie Antoinette’s Estate and tour the buildings constructed for her to escape the rigors of courtly life. Visit the discret Petit Trianon and Queen’s Hamlet, and get a glimpse into her private life.

Hours
Tues - Sun from 12PM to 6:30PM
Last entry is at 6PM

Places to visit inside
- Petit Trianon
- Grand Trianon

4. The Gardens

Spread across hundreds of acres, roam around the serine French Gardens and admire the Versailles fountains, ponds, sculptures and groves.

Hours
Tues - Sun from 8AM to 8:30PM
Last entry is at 7PM

5. The Park

Situated around the Grand Canal, the Versailles Park offers incredible views of the Gardens and Palace. Picnic on the lawn or ride around on a Segway tour as you take in the grandeur of the Royal Estate.

Hours
Daily from 7AM to 8:30PM
Last entry is at 6PM

Places to visit inside
- The Grand Canal
- Lemon Tree Walk

Garden Shows

On select days, a variety of musical fountain shows take place in the Gardens of Versailles. To access the gardens and attend these shows, you will need a Versailles Passport ticket or a Versailles Guided Tour with Priority Access + Passport ticket.

1. The Great Musical Waters

Witness the basins, the groves and their waters as they come alive to the rhythm of Baroque style music in the Gardens of Versailles.

When
Saturdays & Sundays from April 1st - October 29th

Timings

  • Watering on weekends and public holidays from 11AM to 12PM and from 3:30PM to 5PM
  • Watering of the Bassin du Miroir every 10 minutes from 10AM to 7PM
  • Watering of the thicket of the Théâtre d'eau every 15 minutes from 10AM to 7PM
  • Watering of the Neptune Basin at 5:20PM

2. Musical Gardens

Enjoy a musical walk through the groves as you roam about the heart of Versailles’ French gardens.

When
Tuesdays and Fridays from March 31st to October 31st

Timings

  • Watering of the Bassin du Miroir every 10 minutes from 10AM to 7PM
  • Flooding of the Bosquet du Théâtre d'Eau every 15 minutes from 10AM to 7PM

3. The Great Nocturnal Waters

As night falls, be a part of the garden’s exclusive light and water spectacular and witness the finale firework show as it lights up the Grand Canal sky.

When
Every Saturday from June 17th to September 16th

Timings
From 8:30PM to 11:05PM (the grand finale firework show begins at 10:45PM)

Main Entrance to the Castle

While we highly recommend you pre-book your ticket, if you arrive without one, you will need to line up at the ticket box office to the left of the courtyard. The line here can take anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours. Afterward, you will need to again queue at the entrance and security check, which can take another 1-3 hours.

The main entrance to the Palace of Versailles is through the Court of Honor (Cour d'Honneur). Upon entering the courtyard, you will find 3 entrances that take you into the Castle:

Entrance A (at the top of the courtyard to the left)
For guests who have already purchased tickets online (this applies to all Headout tickets).
Entrance B (at the top of the courtyard to the right)
For groups with a reservation. (If you book any Guided Tours, your guide will direct you to this entrance.)
Entrance H
Reserved for guests with disabilities.

The entrance to the Gardens can be found further left of Entrance A, in the Court of Princes. Extending beyond the main Castle and the Gardens, you will find the Grand Canal and the Park. (The Grand Canal separates the Park and the Gardens.) To the left of the Grand Canal is Marie-Antoinette’s Estate (the Petit Trianon and the Grand Trianon).

Palace of Versailles Facts

  • The Palace of Versailles was initially built by Louis XIII in 1623 as a hunting lodge and was later enlarged into a royal palace by Louis XIV in the late 1660s.
  • All the materials used in building and decorating Versailles were made in France.
  • During Louis XIV’s reign, Versailles’ gardens featured 400 sculptures, 1,400 fountains and covered more than 30,000 acres.
  • The Palace officials perfected the art of lighting by using twenty thousand candles and glittering chandeliers to illuminate the palace during special events. They created what they called a 'corridor of light'.
  • The Treat of Versailles, which formally ended the First World War, was signed in the Hall of Mirrors.
  • The Palace boasts around 2,143 windows, 1,252 fireplaces, and 67 staircases.
  • In 1789, the people of Paris made their stand against King Louis XVI, forcing him back to Paris and out of a life of luxury. From then on, the Palace of Versailles became known as the “cradle of liberty” (Berceau-de-la-Liberté).
  • During th French Revolution, all the pieces of art within the Palace of Versailles were transferred to the Louvre for safe keeping.