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Château de Versailles

Emblematic of the pomp and splendour of Louis XIV’s reign, this most superlative of palaces offers visitors an incredible immersion in the history of France.
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Description

Be prepared for a clash of aesthetics and history when you first visit the Château de Versailles. On arrival at the Place d’Armes, you will be greeted by an immense statue of Louis XIV on horseback – which sets the tone, as this estate is inextricably linked with the Sun King. During his reign, the palace was transformed from a hunting lodge into a magnificent royal abode that became the principal home for the kings of France right up to the French Revolution. Today, the palace is an overwhelming display of the grandeur of this warrior king, who loved gardens and the arts. And it was here that Louis XIV’s grandson Louis XVI and his queen, Marie-Antoinette, saw out the last troubled years of the French monarchy.

Ceremonial rooms

Set with 357 mirrors, interspersed with marble and frescos, the glittering 73-metre-long Hall of Mirrors is one of the jewels of Versailles and visiting it is a unique experience. Just as sumptuous, the grand King’s and Queen’s Private Apartments give a sense of the opulent daily lives of the monarchs. The decoration and furnishings make it easy to imagine the king and the queen, and the unchanging ritual that punctuated each day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, reception … The King’s Apartments are a succession of seven salons, while those of the queen are organised around the royal chamber.

Marie-Antoinette’s refuge

Not to be outdone, the Trianon Estate, completed under Louis XV, is a jewel of neoclassical architecture, perfectly integrated into the Versailles park. It was a haven of peace for Marie-Antoinette, who set up a little hamlet and vegetable garden here – a reflection of the taste at the time for the charms of country life. It provides a lovely place for children to run beside the lake and discover the windmill, the dovecot, the dairy, as well as the farm and its animals.

Contemporary art and magical fountain shows

Illustrating how the Sun King’s absolute control extended even to nature, make sure to visit the estate’s formal French-style gardens designed by Le Nôtre. During the period of the Great Musical Fountains shows, from April through October, its groves are exceptionally open to the public as the pools and fountains are set to music by Jean-Baptiste Lully. In the nocturnal version of the show, on Saturday evenings in the summer, the show finishes with a spectacular fireworks show.

In autumn, an annual open-air exhibition fills the garden with contemporary art. Meanwhile, music-lovers can enjoy concerts, operas and ballets throughout the year in two of the palace’s iconic spaces: the Royal Opera and the Royal Chapel.

TOP TIP: the admission ticket to the Château de Versailles is included in the Paris Region Pass Experience (attention, it does not grant admission to the Gardens on Musical Fountains show and Musical Gardens).

To prepare your visit and make the most of this dreamlike place, check out our “Five tips for visiting the Château de Versailles”.

Community facilities

Access and contact

Château de Versailles
1 rue de l'Indépendance Américaine
78000 Versailles

Days and opening hours

From 01/04 to 3110 between 9 am and 6.30 pm. Closed on Monday. Closed exceptionally on May 1st.

From 01/11 to 3103 between 9 am and 5.30 pm. Closed on Monday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.

Prices

  • 20 €
  • From 01/04 to 31/10/2018 Full price: from 18 € Reduced price: from 13 € Adult: 20 to 27 € (Palace ticket) Child: 0 € (Free under 18 years old Free under 26 years old for citizens of the European Union) Large family: from 13 € Disabled: 0 € (Free for people with disabilities with justification) Group adults: from 15 € Group children: 0 €.

    From 01/11/2018 to 31/03/2019 Full price: 18 € Reduced price: 13 € Adult: 20 € Child: 0 € Disabled: 0 € Group adults: 15 € Group children: 0 €.

    Free entry for children < 18 years, Job-seeker, children accompanied by an adult, teachers, the students, people with reduced mobility, disabled people, disabled people and accompanying persons.

Facility

  • Picnic area
  • Lift
  • Auditorium
  • Toilets
  • Public WC
  • Car park
  • Defibrillator
  • Restaurant
  • Film room
  • Pay car park
  • Parking
  • Coach parking

Services

  • Educational visits
  • Coach access
  • Room hire
  • Themed tour
  • Shop
  • Wi-fi
  • Tourist brochures
  • Tourist information
  • Restaurant
  • Guided tours
  • Fast food
  • Takeaway/cooked dishes

Activities

  • Activity
  • Children's entertainment
  • Concert
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Entertainment evenings
  • Shows
  • Theatre

Tour

Spoken languages

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Portuguese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Polish

Guided tour languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Documentation languages (home)

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Portuguese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Arab

Bulletin board languages

  • English
  • French

Single mean time tour

90 mins

Single services tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours available permanently

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    Access

    Pratical informations

    Extérieur
    • floor-level pathways
    • pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
    Parking
    • reserved and adapted parking space located close to the entrance of the site
    • parking spaces laid out and connected to the road or building by an accessible pathway
    Accueil
    • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
    • free admission for one accompanying person
    • free admission on presentation of proof of entitlement
    • the accessible entrance is the main entrance
    • staff informed or trained
    • specific tariff policy
    • manual entrance door
    Information
    • accessible information plates
    • all documentation graspable
    • performance room with a reserved space
    Vestiaire
    • accessible cloakroom
    Équipements
    • multimedia content access system
    • spaces equipped with reserved spaces and adapted to people in wheelchairs
    • floor-level establishment
    • wheelchair loan
    • seated area available
    • seated areas available (if possible several spread out across the entire site)
    Sanitaires
    • présence d’un lave main dans les sanitaires adaptés
    • accessible communal toilets
    • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the right
    • toilets: transfer direction onto the toilet seat to the left
    Escalier
    • Communal staircase adapted for secure movement
    Ascenseur
    • adapted elevator
    • elevator
    Accueil
    • acceo: instant speech transcription and visio-interpretation in French sign language (LSF)
    • reception/information desk equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
    • reservation/contact via SMS and/or email
    • reservation possible by webcam
    Information
    • staff trained in French sign language (LSF)
    Signalétique
    • uniform signage to help people find their way around
    • text/image signage
    Équipements
    • performance or tour assistance aids
    • visual alarm with flashing light in isolated spaces
    • intercom equipped with a hearing assistance system with a magnetic loop
    • audiovisuals are in French sign language (LSF)
    • subtitled audiovisuals
    • visioguide with overlay in French sign language (LSF)
    • subtitled visioguide
    Ascenseur
    • adapted elevator
    Visite
    • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
    • audioguides equipped with induction loops
    • independent visit possible
    • guided tour in French sign language (LSF)
    • guided tour in international sign language (ISL)
    • guided tours with lip reading
    • guided tours with an amplifying device
    • guided tours with a magnetic loop device
    Extérieur
    • exterior pathways identifiable by touch
    • exterior pathways visually identifiable
    • exterior lighting control system in communal areas
    Accueil
    • interior pathways identifiable by touch
    • interior pathways visually identifiable
    Équipements
    • audioguide with description elements
    • audioguide with guidance elements
    • Braille documentation
    • documentation in enlarged characters
    • swell paper documentation
    • floor-level establishment
    • offset or no obstacles at face height
    • navigation assistance tool (e.g. map/model - in relief/large characters/contrasting colours)
    • possibility to control the lighting
    • magnifying glass loan
    • glass surfaces identifiable via contrasted elements in relation to the immediate surroundings
    • audiodescription system
    Ascenseur
    • elevator with audio announcements for each floor
    • elevator with identifiable call buttons
    Visite
    • Legible information plates
    • specific accessible information plates
    • tactile tour
    Extérieur
    • the dangers identified have been addressed
    Information
    • brochures/documentations classified by topic
    • simplified adapted documentation (illustration through images, photos, drawings)
    Signalétique
    • adapted signage
    Visite
    • adapted activities
    • educational workshops
    • adapted room cards
    • specific tours
    Extérieur
    • floor-level pathways
    Accueil
    • adapted opening hours (morning performances)
    • children's programme
    • childcare service
    • family tariffs/free admission for children
    Information
    • secure and closed establishment
    Vestiaire
    • large lockers or left luggage lockers for pushchairs
    • possibility to leave pushchairs at the cloakroom
    Équipements
    • floor-level establishment
    • baby carrier loan
    • pushchair loan
    Sanitaires
    • changing table
    Visite
    • children's/family applications for the tour
    • audioguides with a children's circuit
    • children's visit booklets/games
    • pushchairs accepted for the tour
    • visioguides with a children's circuit
    Extérieur
    • floor-level pathways
    Accueil
    • pets accepted on site and during guided tours
    • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
    • reception/information desk equipped with a sound amplification system
    Vestiaire
    • cloakroom
    Équipements
    • documentation in enlarged characters
    • floor-level establishment
    • wheelchair loan
    • magnifying glass loan
    • cane wheelchair loan
    • seated areas available (if possible several spread out across the entire site)
    Sanitaires
    • horizontal support rail
    • diagonal support rail to enable the seated person to raise themselves up easily
    Escalier
    • communal staircase adapted for secure movement
    • private staircase adapted for secure movement
    Ascenseur
    • stairs compensated for by a lift or an elevator
    Visite
    • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
    • audioguides equipped with induction loops
    • Legible information plates
    • Specific accessible information plates (large characters)

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