Le Bapteme du Duc de Bordeaux

The Gallery of coaches in Versailles

Discover one of the largest European collections of coaches and carriages dating back to before the Revolution, and to the Napoleonic and Restoration eras, in the Gallery of Coaches at the Château de Versailles.

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Description

Today the royal stables, built by Louis XIV, are still a buzz of activity; home to the National School of Architecture of Versailles and the National Equestrian Academy of Versailles, as well as the world's only equestrian theatre created by Bartabas. The Gallery of Coaches is a must-see when you visit the Château de Versailles. On the ground floor of the Grande Écurie, or Great Stable, impressive ceremonial Berlin carriages are on display in the two magnificent vaulted galleries. This unique collection, created by King Louis Philippe in 1831 is a veritable “car show” of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Technological advances

These coaches are an extraordinary demonstration of the technological advances of the time: traction, suspension, the first coupé design, even convertibles! You can also see how attention was paid to passenger comfort. From the small sedan-chair-style carriages built for Marie Antoinette’s children to large, majestic carriages, the gallery is sure to amaze young and old alike, who will discover the splendour of court life under the Ancien Régime, the Napoleonic and Restoration eras.

Each item tells a story in the history of France. You can marvel at the coaches used for Napoleon's wedding, the coronation of Charles X or the funeral of Louis XVIII — all masterpieces created by the best craftsmen of the day: painters, upholsterers, embroiderers, sculptors and architects. You can round off your visit with a (paid) guided tour.

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Community facilities

Access and contact

La Grande Ecurie du roi
2 avenue Rockfeller
78000 Versailles

Days and opening hours

All year round, every Saturday and Sunday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. From 1 November to 31 March: every weekend, from 12:30pm to 5:30pm. Last entry at 4:45pm. From 1 April to 31 October: every weekend, from 12:30pm to 6:30pm. Last entry at 5:45pm.

Prices

  • Free

Services

  • Pets welcome

Tour

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Guided tour languages

  • French

Documentation languages (home)

  • English
  • French

Bulletin board languages

  • French

Single mean time tour

30 mins

Single services tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided inividual tours obligatory
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Accessibility

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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
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
  • manual entrance door
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 (several spread out across the entire site)
Sanitaires
  • présence d’un lave main dans les sanitaires adaptés
Parking
  • visual intercom
  • adapted access control to the car park
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
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
Visite
  • Legible information plates
  • specific accessible information plates
  • tactile tour
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
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
  • Pathways that change levels are offset by a sloping surface
Accueil
  • pets accepted on site and during guided tours
  • reception desk easily identifiable and accessible
  • reception/information desk equipped with a sound amplification system
  • free admission for persons aged over 60
Information
  • Offer adapted to seniors
Vestiaire
  • cloakroom
Équipements
  • documentation in enlarged characters
  • floor-level establishment
  • wheelchair loan
  • magnifying glass loan
  • cane wheelchair loan
  • seated areas available (several spread out across the entire site)
Escalier
  • communal staircase adapted for secure movement
  • private staircase adapted for secure movement
Visite
  • audioguides equipped with a volume control device
  • audioguides equipped with induction loops
  • Legible information plates
  • Specific accessible information plates (large characters)