Palace of Versailles Tickets

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Opening hours

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9.00am until 6.30pm (closed on Mondays)

Last admission is at 6:00pm and the office closes at 5:50pm. General entry (including the palace, gardens, Coach Gallery and temporary exhibitions) costs €18. Disabled guests and their guides, guests under 18 or aged 26 and from the EU, all receive free entry.

How to get there

Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France

From central Paris, take the RER (suburban rail) C train and get off at Versailles Château. There are numerous car parks around the palace and gardens, so driving is an option if you have your own transport. It takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half to drive from Chartres or Rouen.

FAQ

What are the origins of the Versailles Palace?
The palace began its life as a modest hunting lodge for King Louis XIII in 1624. It was Louis XIV who decided to make it a palace fit for housing royalty, and it cost him an enormous amount to meet these high expectations. Yet the idea was to show France, and indeed the rest of the world, the absolute power of the monarchy. Among its last inhabitants were the iconic Marie Antoinette and her husband Louis XVI.
Why was the monarchy so unpopular?
The palace was a major source of outrage given the poor conditions in which French peasants were living, and it became one of the factors that spurred the French Revolution, leading to the end of the Ancien Régime (Old Regime) and the French royal family. Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were executed by guillotine in 1793. These rumblings caused much of the palace to fall into disrepair, however, over the following centuries restorations took place, bringing the palace back to its former glory as a superb museum.
What can I see at Versailles Palace?
Apart from the palace itself – with its exquisite interior expressing just how extravagantly the French monarchy lived – there are a number of places to visit around the grounds. Once you’ve seen rooms like the Hall of Mirrors, The Gallery of Great Battles and the King’s State Apartments, venture outside. The Groves include labyrinthine paths that snake between shaped hedges, statues and even amphitheatres. The Gallery of Coaches houses the gilded carriages used to transport the royals on official visits and pleasure trips.
What about the temporary exhibitions?
Take the opportunity to learn about the palace's different sides, its former inhabitants and the history of France at the unique temporary exhibitions. Past exposés have covered the experiences of 17th and 18th century visitors to Versailles, the death of Louis XIV and art installations in the gardens. Be sure to check out what’s currently on, and perhaps return again to see what’s changed.

Must-know

Tiered tickets
You get a lot with a general entry ticket, but if you really want to explore the breadth of this world-famous landmark, it’s worth checking out the other options. You can pay for separate access to the Estate of Trianon, a retreat on the grounds where the royalty went to escape the rigmarole of courtly life. A ‘Passport’ ticket will give you access to Trianon plus the rest of the palace and grounds. Or, add on a visit to the Equestrian Academy of Versailles, where you'll discover the stables.
Beating the queues
Versailles Palace is one of France’s most visited monuments so it makes sense to book tickets online to avoid queuing at the ticket desks, especially during the peak summer season. On very busy days, when there's a wait or you arrive early, enjoy taking a tour of the park beforehand. You can also dine at the many restaurants and cafés on site and purchase souvenirs from the gift shop.
Activities near the palace
Versailles is a marvellous place to escape the business of central Paris, and there’s plenty to do for outdoor lovers. Go for a stroll or cycle around the park and stop for a picnic with a baguette and fine French cheese. You can also discover the nearby woodlands (another great photo opportunity for showing off your visit online) or relax as you ride a rowboat along the Grand Canal and admire the magnificent fountains which are works of art in themselves.

Places nearby

The village of Versailles
The nearby village has been a settlement since at least the 11th century, but it wasn’t until the building of the palace that it was really put on the map. It’s now been incorporated into Paris proper and has become a wealthy suburb. Make time to check out the marvellous sites such as the 19th century Hôtel de Ville (town hall) and Saint-Louis Cathedral. If visiting on a romantic trip, take a selfie together at the Temple of Love, an outdoor construction dating from 1778.
The village of Versailles
The village of Versailles. Ilona Bicker / Shutterstock.com
Central Paris
The French capital often tops the list of most visited cities in the world, and rightly so. Be sure to climb the Eiffel Tower for an unparalleled panorama of the city, including the Champs-Elysées and the skyscrapers of La Défense in the distance. Don't miss the historic Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the world’s most famous structures, and discover the hidden depths of the haunting Catacombs burial grounds.
Central Paris
Central Paris
Paris Parks
A visit to the natural surroundings of Versailles may inspire you to further explore the superb green spaces offered by Paris. The Jardin du Luxembourg houses the French Senate and covers 25 hectares of parkland. Play some tennis or chess outdoors and try the delicacies at the local patisseries. The Parc de Belleville sits atop a hill and is excellent for more superb views of the city, while Vincennes Woods has a zoo and botanical gardens.
Paris Parks
Paris parks