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

Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles)

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6,633 Reviews
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 Best of Domain Skip-the-Line Access Day Tour with Lunch from Paris

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Versailles Best of Domain Skip-the-Line Access Day Tour with Lunch from Paris
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$256.24 per adult
Great Versailles tour. Bravo
Richardo was well spoken, intriguing, polite and accommodative. Most importantly he k ew his stuff and knew how to share it with the people present. Bravo!
Bradley_S, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Versailles

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Great private tour
Justin_S, Jun 2021
Versailles Private Half Day Guided Tour with Skip the Line Tickets from Paris
Arnaud and Bo are wonderful. That made the entire process very smooth. No was super informative and took her time with us. She speaks great English and is able to translate everything we needed. They picked us up from our hotel and even waited as we were running late
star-5
An excellent choice.
Marc_J, Jun 2021
Versailles Private Half Day Guided Tour with Skip the Line Tickets from Paris
Absolutely wonderful. Bojana and Arnaud combined expert knowledge and superb service to make this family (of 6) tour absolutely wonderful.
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Versailles in Bike
Sasha_T, Jun 2021
Versailles: Food & Palace Bike Tour
Nikki and Stu were amazing they made this day such a personalized adventure and definitely know all the ins and outs of Versailles! Strongly recommend!
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Versailles Day Trip
MCS, Mar 2020
Versailles Guided Tour from Paris in Small-Group
Our guide, Flore was one of the best highlights of the trip. She is so knowledgable, friendly and fun! Now the reason for 4/5 stars....The tour itself may be a bit overpriced as it is a half day and fairly rushed, but if you factor in the history lessons and ease and safety of transportation, then you see the value.
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History and short lines
Andrew, Dec 2020
Versailles Guided Tour from Paris in Small-Group
Lots of history and guide provided advice on where to go when we returned to Paris. Pick up and drop off ran very smooth.
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The transportation was clean and easy to use.
Joseph_H, Mar 2020
Versailles Palace Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris
Great trip. Provided transportation from Paris Centre to Versailles. The guide did a good work sharing the history and explaining the details. We had an hour to walk around on our one after.
star-5
The whole day tour is the best
Miichael_B, Mar 2020
Versailles and Trianon Guided Full Day Trip from Paris
This is a top tour. Versailles was great but Trianon was the highlight of this tour. If you’re going to Versailles, do the whole day tour. You won’t regret it.
star-5
Great tour!
Lauren_M, Mar 2020
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour with Gardens Access from Paris
We did a half-day tour and it was perfect for the time of year we went. If it was nice weather outside we would have wanted more time at the Palace to be able to walk through the gardens but since it was January we felt the half day tour was perfect! The skip-the-line lets you enter the Palace in a different entrance then the rest of the visitors allowing for more space and quiet for the first part of the Palace.
star-5
The most beautiful place!!!
Monica_C, Feb 2020
Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour by Train from Paris with Skip-the-Line
It was a great experience. The meeting point was easy to find and tour guide was there in time to set up the group. She was knowledgeable and had a great time.
star-5
Good experience
Anna, Feb 2020
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour with Gardens Access from Paris
Small group, fast and efficient way to visit the palace. Gardens are not worth seeing during winter, but we knew it.
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Excellent Tour Guide
jenjen562019, Dec 2019
Versailles Palace Private Half Day Guided Tour from Paris
Our tour guide was on time to pick us up. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable!! Highly recommend this tour and our tour guide!!
star-5
Great Versailles day
vincent_v, Mar 2020
Versailles Guided Tour from Paris in Small-Group
One of the best things we did on vacation was guided tour of Versailles. Highly recommend especially if you can get Gregory as your guide. He picks you up at your hotel and you get a bonus tour of Paris as you drive to Versailles. Also he makes it a fun few hours. Great deal. Vince. Ny

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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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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