Latone et Grand Canal

The Gardens of Versailles

Lighting effects and optical illusions, masterful use of perspective, the sublimation of art and nature — the gardens are undoubtedly the soul of the Versailles estate.
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Description

For Le Nôtre, the chief architect of the gardens at the Château de Versailles, water was an essential element, charged with illuminating the facades of the chateau by reflecting the sunlight. Enjoy the mirrored reflections in the Neptune and Apollo Fountains and the large Pièce d’Eau des Suisses pond. The dozens of statues will transform your walk into an open-air museum tour.

In the Orangerie, discover more than 1,000 trees from Spain and Italy including lemon trees, oleanders, palm trees and pomegranate trees. During the winter months, the trees are protected indoors, accessible only through a guided tour but in the summer they are brought out onto the terrace for all to appreciate.

The grove as an open-air exhibition

As a counterpoint to the precision of the French-style garden, the groves are wooded spaces, decorated with statues, ponds and fountains. Just like the court of Louis XIV, you will appreciate the Jardin du Roi royal garden, planted with exotic trees.

From April to October, explore the gardens to a baroque soundtrack of Lully or Charpentier in the Jardins Musicaux, or Musical Gardens, or witness the fountains and waterfalls in the spectacular Grandes Eaux Musicales, the animated Musical Fountains show. At night experience the sublime, as a fireworks display lights up the night sky in the Grandes Eaux Nocturnes, the Fountains Night Show.

Before visiting the gardens, do as Louis XIV intended, sit in front of the central window of the Hall of Mirrors. There, you will have the best possible view onto the gardens, from the royal alley right down to the Grand Canal.

Community facilities

Access and contact

Jardins de Versailles
78000 Versailles

The entrance is independent of the Palace, there is no need to queue to access the garden. Several entries are possible : - To the left of the courtyard of the Castle - Neptune’s gate (rue des Reservoirs ) - Queen’s gate(Boulevard de la Reine) - St. Anthony’s gate (Boulevard Saint- Antoine ) - Sailors gate (Route de St- Cyr)

Days and opening hours

From 01/04 to 3110, daily between 8 AM and 8.30 PM. Last admission: 8:00 PM The Park of the Palace is open from 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM

Early closure of the gardens at 5:30 PM every Saturday from mid-June to mid-September, days with night shows and winter hour days.

From 01/11 to 3103, daily between 8 AM and 6 PM. Last admission 5:30 p.m. The Park is open from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Facility

  • Picnic area
  • Public WC
  • Car park
  • Restaurant
  • Pay car park
  • Parking
  • Coach parking

Services

  • Pets welcome
  • Educational visits
  • Tourist brochures
  • Tourist information
  • Restaurant
  • Tour free of charge
  • Guided tours
  • Fast food

Activities

  • Activity
  • Concert
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Shows

Tour

Spoken languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Guided tour languages

  • English
  • French

Documentation languages (home)

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

Bulletin board languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Single mean time tour

90 mins

Single services tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours on request
Until 10/27/2019
from 11€50
LES GRANDES EAUX MUSICALES
Musical Fountains Show
CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES
Until 10/29/2019
from 10€50
LES JARDINS MUSICAUX
The Musical Gardens
CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES
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