Equestrian Academy of Versailles

Installed in the former royal stables at the Château de Versailles, Bartabas’s Equestrian Academy presents exceptional shows of horsemanship that will mesmerise the whole family.

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In 2003, the legendary French trainer and impresario Bartabas decided to combine his love of artistry and horsemanship and create a riding school: the National Equestrian Academy of Versailles, based in the former royal stables. Here, as well as riding, students are trained in fencing, dance, singing and kyudo (Japanese archery). Set just opposite the Château de Versailles, the prestigious stables, which include the Great Stables, the Small Stables and the Galerie des Carrosses, or Coach Gallery, provide a perfect backdrop for the troupe.

One-of-a-kind shows

On the weekends, in the magnificent wooden training area of the Great Stable, the Academy presents “La Voie de l’Écuyer” (The Equerry’s Way), a unique, multidisciplinary Baroque equestrian ballet. After the show, visitors are allowed to visit the stables.

Old and young (from 5 upwards), may also enjoy the “Matinales des Ecuyers” (Equerries’ Mornings), a guided visit that gives you a chance to catch a glimpse of daily life for the riders and watch them training with the company’s horses (Sundays, from 10am to noon).

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1 Avenue Rockefeller
78000 Versailles

    Days and opening hours

    From 1802 to 2008, every Saturday and Sunday. Closed exceptionally on May 1st. Exceptional openening on Wednesdays during French school holidays.
    From 1609 to 3112, every Saturday and Sunday. Exceptional openening on Wednesdays during French school holidays.


    • Full price: from 30 € Reduced price: from 22 € Child: from 16 € Disabled: 22 €.
      Free entry for the drivers, teachers.
      For group rates (adults or children), contact Charlotte De Smet on 01 39 02 62 75 or [email protected].


    • Lift
    • Toilets


    • Educational visits
    • Room hire
    • Booking obligatory
    • Shop
    • Guided tours


    • Shows


    Spoken languages

    • English
    • Spanish
    • French

    Guided tour languages

    • English
    • French

    Documentation languages (home)

    • English
    • French

    Bulletin board languages

    • English
    • French

    Single mean time tour

    45 mins

    Single services tour

    • Unguided individual tours on request
    • Guided individual tours on request
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    • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
    • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
    • Doors >=77 cm wide
    • Possibility of drop-off in front of the site
    • Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities

    1 Avenue Rockefeller
    78000 Versailles

    • Copyright images:
    • Agathe Poupeney
    • Alfonse Alt
    • Victor Tonelli