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Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles)
Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles)

Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles)

Place d'Armes, Versailles, 78000

The Basics

The gardens of Versailles are famous for their spectacular musical fountain shows and evening fireworks displays, held throughout the summer months.

Most visitors opt to discover Versailles on a half-day tour from Paris. With wait times lasting up to two hours, it’s worth booking skip-the-line entrance tickets if you plan to visit both the palace and gardens. You can explore the gardens on a self-guided tour, but visiting with a tour guide can be helpful if you have limited time or want to learn more about their history.

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Versailles Bike Tour with Palace Timed Entry Ticket & Marie-Antoinette's Domain
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Versailles Bike Tour with Palace Timed Entry Ticket & Marie-Antoinette's Domain
$104.94 per adult
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Versaille with Fabion!
Fabion was fantastic! Very knowledgeable, fun and friendly. Nice bikes and very organized. We learned a lot and Versailles is gorgeous.
Andrea_S, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Versailles

Versailles with Sophie
Mark_D, Jun 2022
Versailles Palace & Gardens Skip-the-line Guided Tour
Sophie was fantastic. She was engaging and incredibly knowledgable of French and Versailles history (she studied hard during COVID). The linkup was super easy as the check-in was right across from the train station. I recommend the RER train from downtown Paris - inexpensive and a nice ride.
Great experience
Deirdre_B, Mar 2022
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour with Gardens Access from Paris
Great ride through the Latin Quarter. The guide was friendly and safety conscious. Highly recommend!
Holy Chandeliers
Denise_W, Mar 2022
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour with Gardens Access from Paris
Our female driver was fun, funny, friendly, and kind - plus a great driver! The van still had the new vehicle smell. Highly recommend. The audio tour was helpful. The palace itself is huge and looking quite tired and it needs a thorough cleaning inside and out. Having said that, it is still spectacular. The murals, paintings and architecture are outstanding. U can rent golf carts for 38 euro per hour and cruise around the massive grounds. We'll worth the additional cost. Enjoy and have fun!
Fun but chilly
MarkWRoperIII, Feb 2022
Versailles Half Day Trip from Paris with Audio Guided Visit
We went on a chilly Sunday morning. Was a smaller group. Pickup was easy to find. Guide and driver were informative and helpful. Trip was short to the Palace. Due to covid we practically had a private tour. It was my third time visiting and it just gets better. Plenty of time to sight see. Quick trip back to Paris and managed to see a few more things later that day.
Lovely tour! Our guide...
Meghan_W, Jul 2022
Versailles Palace & Giverny's Monet House Guided Visit with Lunch from Paris
Lovely tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable! Lunch was a dreamy country inn. Coach was comfortable.
Very nice tour
Rhonda_M, Jul 2022
Versailles Palace Skip the line Guided Tour from Versailles
Our guide, Valerie, was very knowledgeable and helpful. Although it was incredibly crowded, we maneuvered as efficiently as possible. Unfortunate that it was cool and rainy so wandering the gardens was shorter than we had planned.
Trip to Versailles
mark_r, Jul 2022
Versailles Palace Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris
We had a wonderful tour to magical Versailles. Our tour guide Isabel did a fantastic job and we got ti see all we wanted and more. Thank you!!!
Our guide was very nice...
Simon_K, Jul 2022
Versailles Palace Live Tour with Gardens Access from Paris
Our guide was very nice and although the weather wasn’t the best we had a great time in the gardens.
Great experience visiting Versailles
Shuo_N, Jun 2022
Versailles Palace & Gardens Skip-the-line Guided Tour
Anne-Sophie is a great tour guide. She introduced a lot of history and took care of everyone's needs
Thanks, Anna
KarenH_B, Jun 2022
Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show
Anna was an exceptional guide. She was knowledgeable and articulate. We enjoyed out time at Versailles.
Awesome tour of Versailles
Mary_B, Jun 2022
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Guided Tour with Gardens, Trianons & The Hamlet
Great tour ,we learned so much history in a fun and relaxing atmosphere . Our guide Anne Sophia was so respectful of our needs and was able to answer any questions . I would absolutely recommend !
Vivian_R, Jun 2022
Versailles Palace & Gardens Priority Access Guided Tour from Versailles
The guide waa very experienced, knowledgeable and thorough. He was easy to understand and spoke and answered questions as they came up.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Plan at least two hours to explore the gardens.

  • Access to the gardens is free of charge, except on the days when Musical Fountains Shows take place.

  • Electric golf carts are available to rent, and a mini-train runs between the palace, the Trianon palaces, the Queen’s Hamlet, and the Grand Canal.

  • The Versailles Gardens contain a selection of restaurants and cafés, but picnics are not permitted.

  • It can be breezy in the gardens even in summer, so bring a jacket.

  • Free Wi-Fi points are located in the Main Courtyard and at the garden entrance, and a free Gardens of Versailles app is available to download.

  • All visitors to the gardens must pass through security checks, and no large bags or suitcases are permitted.

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How To Get There

The Palace of Versailles, 13 miles (21 kilometers) outside Paris, is easy to reach by train. RER C trains run from central Paris to Versailles Château Rive Gauche, a 10-minute walk from the palace. SNCF trains run from Paris Montparnasse station to Versailles Chantiers or from Paris Saint Lazare to Versailles Rive Droite station. On arrival at the palace, direct entrance to the gardens is through the Courtyard of the Princes.

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Trip ideas

How to Spend 1 Day at Versailles

How to Spend 1 Day at Versailles

Summer at Versailles: Musical Fountain Shows and Fireworks

Summer at Versailles: Musical Fountain Shows and Fireworks

When to Get There

The Versailles Château Gardens are open year-round, but by far the most popular time to visit is in high season (April to October) when Musical Fountains Shows, Musical Gardens, and Fountains Night Shows take place. On show days an admission fee is charged, and it’s best to visit early in the morning or just before closing to avoid the busiest periods. Visiting in low season means smaller crowds, but for conservation purposes the fountains are switched off, the groves are closed, and many of the statues are covered.

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A Walking Tour of the Versailles Château Gardens

The masterpiece of landscape architect André Le Nôtre, the stunning gardens of Versailles offer scenic walks through groves, around formal parterres, and past spectacular fountains. Stride down the Royal Walk, gaze out across the Great Lawn, stroll around the Orangerie, and admire Marie Antoinette’s Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon palaces. Additional highlights include Apollo’s Baths Grove, the Mirror Pool, Ballroom Grove, the Neptune Fountain, and Apollo’s Fountain, which looks out across the Grand Canal.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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