Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles was the principal royal residence of France from 1682 under Louis XIV until the start of the French Revolution in 1789 under Louis XVI. It is located in the department of Yvelines, in the region of Île-de-France, about 20 kilometers southwest of the center of Paris. It's hardly surprising that the Palace of Versailles attracts over 10 million visitors per year – it's one of the most majestic places on earth, no exaggeration. Every nook and cranny is worth exploring.
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The Top 4 Highlights of the Palace of Versailles

It’s hardly surprising that the Palace of Versailles attracts over 10 million visitors per year – it’s one of the most majestic places on earth, no exaggeration. Every nook and cranny is worth exploring, but if time is tight, here are the highlights.

Hall of Mirrors
This is the palace’s most resplendent room. Each of its 17 arched windows is decorated with 21 mirrors, resulting in a stunning spectacle as light is reflected off 357 mirrors!

The Royal Chapel
Though it’s just one of five chapels in the palace, this opulent architectural wonder is by far the most breathtaking. Marie Antoinette’s wedding took place here.

The Grand Apartments
Lavishly decorated from top to bottom, the king’s apartments are absolutely ravishing — you’ll deem them to be “fit for a king.”

The Clock Room
This room’s 250-year-old clock is a technical marvel. Not only does it show the time, date, and even the phases of the moon, but it also features a working model of the solar system!

Insider tips

Avoid Mondays

When planning your visit to the Palace of Versailles, keep in mind that the palace is closed on Mondays. On every other day, the visiting hours are from 9:00am to 5:30pm, and from April until October, they’re extended to 6:30pm.

Get there early

You’ll be amazed by the size of the Palace of Versailles and the sheer amount there is to see. Even if you just stick to the above highlights, you’ll want to give yourself ample time. On the other hand, if you intend to see everything, you may even consider spreading your visit over more than one day trip.

Fountain Show

The Palace of Versailles’ musical fountain shows are quite simply awe-inspiring. They’re held from April until October, on every weekend and public holiday from 11:00am to 12:00pm and again from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. It’s absolutely worth scheduling your visit for the fountain shows.

Good to know

When should I visit?

Tuesday-Sunday, 9:00 AM-6:30 PM
Holiday hours may vary

How to get there

Versailles is one hour outside the city. Get there by the Versailles Express coach, leaving twice a day from the Eiffel Tower, or taking an SNCF train from either the Montparnasse or Saint-Lazare station.

Is it expensive?

Tickets for guided tours start from €32, depending on the type you would like.

Will I need a guide?

No, but there are audio tours available.

What people are saying about Palace of Versailles

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tour of the magnificent Palace of Versailles.
Booking via GetYourGuide was quick, easy and the cost of the tickets was competitive with what was being advertised locally. The tour itself was great. We were able to take our time and got to see everything we wanted to see. The Palace and gardens will blow your mind. An amazing experience.

Palace of Versailles and Gardens Full Access Ticket reviewed by Stephen

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Excellent Tour and was able to go around Versaille AFTER the Tour
After a few hiccups with trains/train stations, directions plus weather etc arrived late for my Tour at 11 am. I managed to contact Tour Office, and my Tour was rearranged (With no audio pen) at 13.30pm. I enjoyed the tour very much and was pleased to be able to look further into the Palace on my own. The weather was bad so unable to get to see much of the Gardens, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Skip the Line: Versailles and Trianon Audio Pen Tour reviewed by Tina

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amazing experience and by far the best day we had in France!
A tour guide named Jack was awesome!!!!!!! It was truly the BEST thing we did while in France and Jack made the trip really fun despite the VERY cold weather. He is an awesome tour guide we learned a lot from him about the history of the Kings and he made it fun. Thanks, Karen Ramundo

Skip the Line: Versailles Guided Bike & Palace Tour reviewed by Karen

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Skip-the-line was a great idea on a Saturday!
It was great to be able to walk right up to the entrance with our group. The line for everybody else probably had more than 400 people in it. Our guide, Philippe, was excellent: knowledgable, humorous, and his stories brought the people to life. The earphone worked perfectly for hearing his commentary. My only (small) complaint was the timing. We were told the tour began at 11:15. We are people who arrive early, in this case, almost an hour before. At 11:15 two groups were forming but not ours. I asked at the desk and was told that 11:15 was the assembling time and 11:30 was when the guide would meet us. I understand that some people are always late, but by the time we walked to the Palace, we were almost 45 minutes past when I thought we would start. Also, the woman leading us to Philippe walked very fast to the Palace and we had people over 80 years old in the group.

Versailles Palace: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour reviewed by Jeanne

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