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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Versailles Palace & Gardens half day tour with skip the line
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Versailles Palace & Gardens half day tour with skip the line

Set out for our guided visit to the Château de Versailles, the world-renowned royal residence of Louis XIV.

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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 air-conditioned transfer to and from Paris. A great day out!

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Go City | Paris All-Inclusive Pass
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Go City | Paris All-Inclusive Pass

With the Go City® All-Inclusive Paris Pass enjoy access to many sites, art galleries and monuments, hop-on hop-off bus and sightseeing tours.

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Morning tour of Versailles Palace and Gardens
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Morning tour of Versailles Palace and Gardens

Skip the line for an early morning tour of the Palace of Versailles and its gardens! You'll visit the Hall of Mirrors, the King's Grand Apartments, explore the gardens at your own pace...

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Excursion to Giverny Monet's Gardens and Versailles Palace with audio guide and lunch
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Excursion to Giverny Monet's Gardens and Versailles Palace with audio guide and lunch

Discover the historical, cultural and artistic grandeur of France through two places highly symbolic of Impressionist style and Baroque architecture: Giverny and Versailles.

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Guided tour of the Petit Trianon and Hamlet in Marie-Antoinette's Estate
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Guided tour of the Petit Trianon and Hamlet in Marie-Antoinette's Estate

Round out your experience at Versailles and learn more about Marie Antoinette's rise and fall. Treat yourself to an afternoon excursion to the queen's personal domain.

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Half-day self-guided trip in Versailles with transportation and skip-the-line access
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Half-day self-guided trip in Versailles with transportation and skip-the-line access

Book this excursion to Versailles Palace including round-trip transportation from Paris, skip-the-line access and audioguide!

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Small-group Paris to Versailles Day Trip with Garden Stroll
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Small-group Paris to Versailles Day Trip with Garden Stroll

Book a last entry tour of Versailles with Gardens or Fountains Show! Transport by luxury minibus to and from central Paris included. Departure from Trocadero metro station.

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Small-group excursion to Giverny and Versailles from Paris
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Small-group excursion to Giverny and Versailles from Paris

Book this full-day excursion to Claude Monet's home in Giverny including round-trip transportation from Paris, entrance fees to Versailles and Giverny, and lunch.

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Palace of Versailles skip-the-line guided tour with access to the entire estate
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Palace of Versailles skip-the-line guided tour with access to the entire estate

Book this guided tour inside the Palace with a professional guide followed by free time on your own to explore the rest of the estate.

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Visit Monet’s Giverny and Versailles in one day
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Visit Monet’s Giverny and Versailles in one day

Book a full-day trip that combines the visit of Claude Monet's bloom-bursting estate at Giverny and the famously extravagant Palace of Versailles.

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Private full-day trip to Giverny and Versailles from Paris
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Private full-day trip to Giverny and Versailles from Paris

Book your 9-hour private guided tour from Paris and combine a visit to Monet's Giverny estate with a tour of the Versailles palace and gardens.

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

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GDPR Expired data, 14 Oct 2015

“Very enjoyable day our guide Carlos was very informative. Had a delicious meal at the Trianon restaurant and enjoyed walking round both the Grand and Petit Trianon. Versailles palace was amazing . Finding the City Tours office was very easy. All together a good experience.”

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