Hameau de la Reine (Queen’s Hamlet)
In 1783, Marie-Antoinette decided to extend the northern part of the Trianon gardens and commissioned her architect Richard Mique to create the Hamlet. Originally composed of ten factories, these small houses with a rustic appearance, set around a lake, were an idyllic place for the Queen who wished to escape the constraints of the Court.
Although its style is not clearly identifiable, combining various influences from rural architecture, there is nevertheless an undeniable sense of unity, in line with the idea of returning to nature, a popular trend at the end of the 18th century.
Three buildings make up the central part, which was reserved for the Queen’s personal use: the warming room, the boudoir and the Queen’s House, the most imposing building in the Hamlet. The rustic exterior contrasts with the elegance of the recently restored interiors, which are only accessible to visitors on guided tours.
The other buildings, including the mill, dovecote, guard’s house and farm were used for service or agricultural purposes.
The latter, which had fallen into a state of disrepair and was restored in 2006, is now occupied by the organisation Fondation Assistance aux Animaux. Children will love meeting the various residents, all of whom are rescued.
Marie-Antoinette wanted the Hamlet to play an educational role. This is still the case today!
Access to the Queen’s Hamlet is through the entrance of one of the two Trianons.
Access and contact
TRI bus from the Phébus company has a stop in front the Grand Trianon. The bus serves the stations of Versailles Rive Gauche and Versailles Rive Droite From march to november.
Days and opening hours
Every day throughout the year. Closed on Monday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. During high season: Marie-Antoinette's Estate is open from 12:00 noon to 6:30 p.m. (no admission after 6:00 p.m.) from Tuesday to Sunday except for certain holidays or official ceremonies.
During low season: Marie-Antoinette's Estate is open from 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m. (no admission after 5:00 p.m.) from Tuesday to Sunday except for certain holidays or official ceremonies.
- 12 €
- Adult: 12 €.
Free entry for children < 26 years, children accompanied by an adult, teachers, people with reduced mobility, disabled people, disabled people and accompanying persons. Group rate available for > 30 people.
Free for people under 26 years old from European Union Free for people under 18 years outide of the European Union Free for disabled person and an accompanying person
More ticket options available : - The 1 day pass includes the entire estate (Gardens + Trianons) - The 2 days pass includes the entire estate (Gardens + Trianons) for two consecutive days.
Free the first Sundays of each months from November to March).
- Coach access
- Tourist brochures
- Tourist information
- Guided tours
Guided tour languages
Documentation languages (home)
Bulletin board languages
Single mean time tour40 mins
Single services tour
- Unguided individual tours available permanently
- Guided individual tours on request
- Copyright image:
- Amélie Peingnez