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The best-known of France’s chateaux, the Château de Versailles, is also one of the most prestigious monuments of world heritage. Louis XIII’s former hunting lodge was transformed and...
extended at his son’s request, to house the seat of the royal court and the French government.
Evocatively-named sites such as the Royal Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Chapel are renowned for the magnificence of their decoration, which has been beautifully restored.
In the 18th century, yet more apartments were added, and the Petit Trianon and the Hameau de la Reine joined the Grand Trianon created in 1687 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart.
The French-style gardens are home to over 400 marble and bronze statues and splendid fountains. The park, designed by Le Nôtre, open on to the Grande Perspective, lined with statues, flowering borders and groves. A sight for sore eyes!
Don’t miss the magical Grandes Eaux Musicales, when the fountains are set in action to music: on until 30 September this year.
Together with its gardens, the Château de Versailles is one of the most famous world heritage monuments. The buildings trace the architectural style of the 17th and 18th centuries and comprise: the Royal Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, the Chapel, the Royal Opera and the Museum of the History of France. The Park is decorated with statues, fountains, flowerbeds and and exceptional buildings : Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon, Temple de l'Amour and Queen Marie-Antoinette's Hamlet.
The Opéra Royal opened its doors on 21 September 2009 after two years of restoration work, including the complete restoration of the Petit Trianon and the Grille Royale. It now offers the public a truly exceptional programme.
Architecturals styles :
Classical, Louis XIV style, Louis XV style, Louis XVI style, Neoclassical, Baroque
List of collections :
Sculpture, History, Painting, Decorative Arts, Furniture, Architecture, Interior decoration, Panelling, Tapestries, Art instruments, Rugs, Objets d'art, Organ, Reception halls
Collections period :
17th century, 18th century, 19th century
Gardens designed by Le Nôtre.
Opening days and times
The Château: Closed Monday. Low season (November to March) 9am to 5.30pm (last admission: 5pm). High season (April to October) 9am to 6.30pm (last admission: 6pm).
Marie-Antoinette’s Estate, Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon: Open every day (except Monday) from 12 noon.
Closure of inside areas: Low season: 5.30pm (last admission: 5pm). High season: 6.30pm (last admission: 6pm)
Cash desk closes at :
Last admission 4.50pm (winter) or 5.50pm (summer).
Days of week :
Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday
Open on those public holidays :
Easter | 8 May | Ascension Day | Whitsuntide | 14 July | 15 August | 1 November | 11 November
Horaire nocturne :
"Royal serenades in the Hall of Mirrors" Saturdays from 19 June to 28 August, 50 minute performances at 6.45pm and 7.45pm just before the Grandes Eaux Nocturnes (Evening Fountain Show).
Independant tour :
Château ticket: 15 euros (full tariff), 13 euros (reduced tariff) - Access to all parts, including temporary exhibitions, with an audioguide.
See the site: www.chateauversailles.fr
Access to garden: Free, except in high season on the days of the Grandes Eaux Musicales (Fountain Shows) or Jardins Musicaux (every Saturday and Sunday from 3 April to 31 October as well as every Tuesday from 4 May to 28 September and certain other dates: 13 May, 14 May and 14 July.)
Adult tariffs: Grandes Eaux Musicales: 8 euros, Jardins Musicaux: 7 euros
Guided tour :
Book at Palace information point when you arrive.
European Union nationals under 26, primary and secondary school teachers, disability card holders (and accompanying person).
Free for all on first Sunday of every month in low season (November to March).
Free access to garden, except on days of Grandes Eaux Musicales or Jardins Musicaux in high season.
Free for children :
Group tour :
See our website for booking details: www.chateauversailles.fr, "Professionals" rubric.
Talks and visits, for all information and booking: firstname.lastname@example.org
Foreign language tour :
Foreign language information :
English, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Polish, Arabic, Mandarin
Educational activities :
Passport (giving free access to all areas of the Château and the Marie-Antoinette estate)
All year: 18 euros
Days of Grandes Eaux Musicales or Jardins Musicaux: 25 euros.
Audio guide :
In French (for children from 8 yrs), English, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Chinese (Mandarin), Portuguese, Korean, video guide in French sign language (grand apartments only).. Unavailable the first Sunday of each month from 1 November to 31 March.
Card of the Société des Amis de Versailles on request
Photo allowed :
No flash photography.
View over the Trianon and the Grand Canal.
View over the Jardin de l'Orangerie from the flowerbeds.
Grand Café d'Orléans: closed Monday. Open according to Château opening hours. Food to eat in and take away.
Restaurant Angelina for groups: open according to Chateau opening times, accessible at the end of the tour of the grand apartments.
Tea room - La Flautille (Grand Canal) : open every day from 8.30am to 7.30pm. Food to eat in and take away. Late opening possible by appointment.
La Petite Venise: Restaurant with Italian specialities and take-aways. Organization of seminars. Open every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm.
The Brasserie de la Girandole and the Buvette du Dauphin serve light snacks.
Angelina tea room on Marie-Antoinette estate, at the Petit Trianon entrance.
Gifts shop :
Ladurée shop at the Château. Shops in the Park (near to the Grand Canal)
Room hire :
Contact: Service des Manifestations - Tel : 01 30 83 78 00 - E-mail : email@example.com
- Les Salles des Croisades : 5 rooms with neo-Gothic decor (180 to 400 people)
- La Galerie des Batailles: (600 to 900 people)
- La Galerie Basse, situated under the Hall of Mirrors (Cocktails for up to 400 people)
- La Galerie du Grand Trianon (200 to 400 people)
- L'Orangerie (May to October only) - 1200 to 2500 people
Museum & Monuments pass | Bookshop
Bookshop and sales points in the Château.
- Little train (Château, Petit Trianon, Grand Trianon, Petite Venise): Tel: 01 39 54 22 00
- Boat hire on the Grand Canal (4 persons), bike hire and electric vehicule hire (several are adapted for disabled people): Tel: 01 39 66 97 66
- bike hire: tel 01.39.66.97.66
- electric vehicle hire and segways (some adapted for wheelchair-users): tel 01.39.66.97.66
Accessibility disabled persons
Access by car to drop off visitors to the Chateau forecourt allowed (entrance H - Cour de la Chapelle - wheelchairs available) - Inform reception: (during the week: tel 01 30 83 75 05 - at weekends: tel 01 30 83 76 20). Total access: Grands Appartements (entrance H), Domaine de Marie-Antoinette : Grand Trianon. Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org Partial access : Park and Garden (4 visitors' specific tours). The tours with a talk are subject to certain terms: consult the website first email@example.com.
Electric vehicles are available to rent, several of these are suitable for people in wheelchairs: tel 01 39 66 97 66
Several visits adapted fro people with mental disabilities are available on demand. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For visitors with hearing impairments: visits in French sign language or lip reading
For visitors with sight impairments: Adapted visits aided by maps with raised features.
For visitors with reduced mobility: Accessible tours with a talk take place in the private Grands appartements and the private Petit appartements.
Etablissement public du château, du musée et du domaine national de Versailles
78008 VERSAILLES CEDEX
District : 78 – Yvelines
RER : Versailles - Rive Gauche
SNCF : Versailles - Rive Droite
- Bus : 171 (arrêt :Versailles place d'armes)