Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles
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Palace, Trianon Palace, and the estate of Marie-Antoinette: open daily except Mondays and certain public holidays. Gardens and park: open daily.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • sweatshop51
    Worland, Wyoming355 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    We purchased tickets online. We scheduled the first opening time. We did not have to wait in line very long. They opened on time. With the first opening time the chateau is not crowded. Beautiful grounds (separate ticket needed)
    Visited April 2023
    Written 24 April 2023
  • nigel cox
    9 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be careful if you go out and want to get back in
    A little disappointed, the gardens were not exactly full of plants and flowers. The house was as expected, lots of rooms very similar to the previous one. Be careful if you leave the garden as you can only get back in once. We went out to see the boating lake, unaware that when we came back in we would not be able to go out and back in again. So, after we viewed the house we wanted to go back into the garden but we were not allowed !! We were sent to the Dragon Gate entrance but on false pretences as they would not let us back in either. Very annoying
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 April 2023
  • kaidia2017
    Brisbane, Australia180 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tourist thing to do once.
    Purchased tickets onsite €36 entry for two inside the palace. Viewing of the gardens is free which are stunning. Queue to get inside the palace was not long for our time slot. Inside the palace itself is stunning, but was very crowded so will need extra time if you want to get good photos. It takes a full day to truely enjoy the palace and gardens. Multiple places to purchase food and drink. And of course there is a gift shop.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 April 2023
  • Joseph T
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful history on French royalty and exquisite collections of art.
    Wonderful experience. The palace in absolutely incredible. Take time to take in each room and follow along with a helpful audio guide you can acquire from the check in hall. There is great history about French royalty in each of the rooms as well as an exquisite collection of art. Once finished with touring the palaces, venture out into the gardens and explore the vast grounds.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 April 2023
  • drfate1
    Kildeer, Illinois28 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Avoid the little train!
    Palace was sold out, so spent the afternoon all outdoors. Enormity of premises was impressive. First thought was to get an overview of everything via the little train. Ticket to ride it is not next to the departure, so have to go back and purchase for currently 8 euros. Only one person selling, so a bit slow. Went the distance around, there were 3 stops, had to get off and get back in line at the start point, then was told by the ONLY unpleasant person we came across in Paris that we would have to purchase another ticket to get onboard again. The ride was extremely uncomfortable on uneven brick roads, and the circuit was outside the grounds behind a wall, so you saw absolutely nothing along the way. Incredible waste of time and money. I usually read reviews myself beforehand, but unfortunately did this spontaneously. Enjoyed the fountains and music once they were turned on. Also liked a small lunch we had outdoors adjacent to the lake where many rode on rowboats.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 May 2023
  • thisgirl_Gray
    Los Angeles, California2,384 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical landmark
    Visiting the palace of Versailles is a nice activity but requires time as it is a large estate. It is easily accessible by train about an hour outside Paris and a short walk from the train station. There is restaurants on site as well. The grounds are large and depending on the weather it can be a very busy place with lots of walking. They dobhave a train for a fee to take you out further and then they have golf carts, bikes, and boats for rental. This is a full day activity and may not be good for small children.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 May 2023
  • Gill C
    Yorkshire, United Kingdom83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Allow plenty of time
    We chose not to take a tour, but to book a ticket (on line) which gave us access to the house and gardens. I’m so glad we did as it allowed us to use our time there for the things we found most interesting. The house is interesting, but it is so opulent that it’s difficult to imagine anyone actually living there. The gardens look spectacular from the house where you look down on them, but many were just lawn and hedges when you got into them. The fountains however were fantastic and it’s well worth visiting on a day when they are playing - we just wished there were more places to sit and enjoy them especially as there was also music was playing. My favourite area was Marie Antoinette’s model village. It’s a bit of a walk but is well worth a visit with its quaint houses and farm buildings. The gardens around the buildings were beautifully planted and maintained. We spent about 6 hours there altogether.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 May 2023
  • Sue M
    Williamsburg, Virginia1,502 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Finally Here!
    This was my husband's fourth attempt to see Versailles. The first two times, 1988 & 2017, there was a strike at Versailles. The third time was in 2020 and the pandemic stopped that visit. We finally made it as part of our Viking Cities of Lights river cruise as an optional excursion. Expensive to do it that way but we had transportation from the hotel, an excellent guide with a small group of 15, and a timed entry so no waiting on line. It is about 40 minutes from the Montparnasse area of Paris. For these very large places, having a guide is well worth the cost. Our guide paced us through the grounds and palace, pointing out the important aspects of each location. He was especially valuable when going through the palace to make sure we had a great visual perspective and a complete understanding of the particular room. To be quite honest, Versailles is huge and covers a great expanse of land and the palace is enormous, but we have seen much more opulent palaces and grounds in St. Petersburg, at Peterhof Palace, Catherine the Great's Palace, and of course the Hermitage. I asked about the chandeliers in the palace and our guide said that they were not original, there was only one which he showed us. Yes, there's a lot of historical events that happened here and we are glad that we finally saw it but I was not wowed.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2023
  • Lindsey J
    Maui, Hawaii59 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    An experience
    Is it busy? Yes of course. It’s definitely an experience to do once and see the chateau dripping in gold. There’s definitely construction and upkeep going on, from what I can presume constantly. I had a a ticket ahead of time and didn’t have to wait long to get in. I loved wondering around the gardens, definitely got some miles in. Most of the fountains were off but I did see a fountain show around 2:30 pm.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Christie F
    Tupelo, Mississippi22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t listen to that other long-winded lady. Go! Allez!
    Don’t listen to all those other long-winded Americans who complained about rocks and dust and oh no someone wore sandals. The palace is every bit worth the tour/visit. The gardens are worth the walk/stroll. Do be prepared to spend a long time walking because you won’t want to miss the beauty of the gardens. C’est magnifique.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 June 2023
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GarethE
Wirral, UK15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Booked our tickets in advance. Got there by train. We went on the guided tour of the state rooms which was very interesting with an excellent guide. Was very busy indoors with a lot to see. Gardens and grounds are very good. Would recommend seeing the Grand and Petite Trianons plus the Hamlet.
Written 22 April 2024
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James R
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Apr 2024 • Couples
The Palace was so overcrowded that nothing about it was pleasant. The audio tour was dry and uninspiring. Go visit the town instead.
Written 20 April 2024
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Cora Visits Places
Glasgow, UK200 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The history of the Palace of Versailles is fascinating and I am grateful that I was able to go and see it in person after eagerly learning about it in school as a teenager. I think if you have a similar familiarity with the history of the place, even only a little about why it is so significant, you will really get something out of visiting it. I think if this is just another historic castle/building to you (no shame in that) you can give it a miss.

The artwork is beautiful and learning about how the artists were cared for, but the rooms themselves feel a tad unloved in areas. The first series of rooms you walk through looks really modern. I can appreciate that historical features may not survive, but I think a better effort is needed to be made to recreate the feeling of the place in the time periods being discussed. A good comparison is the Green Vaults in Dresden, which has been beautifully restored and gave me a whole new appreciation for restoration as an artform.

Another area that the Palace of Versailles could learn from the Green Vaults is creating an audioguide. They use the exact same device, but both the information given and the directions for what to look at are pretty poor in my opinion. The information is often dull and focuses too much on how each person related to each other without making you care why that is important. I would have appreciated more anecdotes, more bite-sized facts, more modern-day comparisons because I know those exist about Versailles, they even have some in the written descriptions next to the art works. It would make it more accessible but also make it more memorable. Also it really bothered me that the guide would say "a portrait of X is displayed in this room, he was..." but doesn't tell you WHICH painting, so you end up spending your time trying to find what you are looking at rather than listening.

We opted to just visit the palace without entry to the gardens. If you are interested in the gardens and the fountain show you will not be disappointed, they are beautiful. If you are not that interested and/or don't want to pay to enter, I was happy with the view we got from the palace, it was enough for me.

Oh, and I am sure I am the millionth person to say it, but book in advance! I held off to see what the weather was like but on reflection I should have just booked. I was lucky to get a 4pm slot on a Sunday in April booking the day before, but in the summer you will not be so lucky.
Written 18 April 2024
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KFitzsimons
Manchester, UK171 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
Honestly, I had such high hopes for this attraction and was very disappointed. It’s just far too busy to be enjoyable.

I’ve visited tourist attractions across the world and I’ve never found a place to be so busy that it ruined the entire experience. This was a Tuesday in April - I cannot even conceive of what it must be like on a weekend in the summer.

The line to get in moved quickly but got frustrating at times because the ticket office kept selling the wrong tickets to people, who then got given a wristband and were able to jump the queue back into line. All in all though this queue was probably the least crowded and most enjoyable part of the visit.

We got an audio guide and proceeded to the main palace entrance. The rooms are small and everyone is funnelled through a very small portion of the overall palace. The rooms were so crowded we couldn’t find the audio guide number for the majority of them, so it was useless. All the attractions and art in each room were surrounded by an ocean of smartphones and people draping themselves over everything to take a selfie. Each time we tried to read or look at something, people would crowd around so that it became difficult to take anything in.

You also need to be able to take in the history via the art and words because most of the palace was looted back in the revolution, so there’s literally nothing else to look at. Each room was like ‘it used to be like this but it’s not anymore, here’s a painting’.

I became somewhat exhausted looking at the unfettered opulence (the phrase you can’t buy taste did spring to mind) without the context of being able to listen to the audio guide or read the supplementary words.

It was so hot and crowded that I needed some water. I was advised I would need to queue for 15 to 20 minutes for water.

I thought to myself: perhaps the gardens will be better. We emerged to a building site.

I realise a large historical place like this needs to bring people in to fund the upkeep, but this was really not fun and I felt like my money had been wasted. I think they need to rethink how many tickets they sell each day.

I went because I love history but, sadly, I was just presented with all the aspects of modernity that I dislike.
Written 16 April 2024
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Leka
Pristina, Kosovo295 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The Versailles Palace is an extraordinary testament of French monarchy. Its sprawling gardens, ornate architecture, and rich history make it a must-see for anyone interested in European royalty and Baroque design. The Hall of Mirrors is particularly breathtaking.
Written 16 April 2024
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VinnieVX7
Cheltenham, UK148 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The palace is obviously a fantastic place to visit but be prepared for the crowds. Although the tickets are sold for timed entry the queues are enormous. In particular I would single out the coach trip groups inside the Palace - they move about in packs, block corridors and generally behave like a herd of pack animals with similar manners towards everyone else.

The gardens are naturally much more peaceful and joyful to explore and I would recommend renting one of the buggies as covering such a huge area on foot is quite a challenge.
Written 15 April 2024
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Satish Kumar Saraf
Mumbai, India162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
Absolutemy Stunning Palace! Speechless to share any feedback, can only share all the clicked images.

One small suggestion, if you want to opt for the guided tour through voice recorders, you need to take extra time because its pretty slow and explains you everything with a history so if you just want to have a peek on view of the palace, ignore paying extra for guided audio tour instruments
Written 14 April 2024
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E450KCad
35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Gardens are amazing- one could easily spend at least 1.5 hours there and could spend much more time there. Inside the palace itself is okay (some rooms are very impressive, some are okay) but can feel very cramped depending on the volume of people in a room. Multiple tour groups stopping in the same rooms at the same time was particularly problematic and took away from enjoying the experience.

If you only have time to do inside the palace or the gardens, I would highly recommend the gardens. During my visit, there was also little to no line to enter the gardens; inside required pre-purchased timed tickets and lines for the ticketed times started to form over an hour before each ticketed time. The lines are fully outside with little or no palaces to sit. Versailles was less than a 10 minute walk from the RER C Versailles chateau station (transit option if you are coming from Paris).

Note: Some Paris museum passes may include the inside of the Versailles palace but not the garden. You can purchase a separate ticket just for the gardens that is valid all day. If you want to see the inside of the palace and have an afternoon timed entry using a museum pass, buy the separate garden ticket and plan to go the gardens before the inside of the palace (avoid unnecessary long wait in the timed entry line).
Written 13 April 2024
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Diane
Cle Elum, WA5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The experience was more opulent than expected, you can imagine why the French Revolution took place as you tour the massive grounds. The reason the 3 stats is the lack of facilities! Lord help you if you if you need to use a toilet, only 1 inside for hundreds of people, many of who were in line. Then only 1 eating establishment, which had the same demise as the toilets. When the Olympics get here there will another revolution on the grounds of.Versailles . At the end in the gardens, even though the i formation booth said no toilets, we found one near a snack place! Urrggghhh!
Written 12 April 2024
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Shiela J
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
First time in Paris and went to Palace of Versailles and booked a tour with Viator with City of wonders. As always very organized but unfortunately Lily our tour guide wasn’t as good as Hamish on our Louvre tour. She so hard to understand and putting too much information like she’s present during that era and not being on point with the information. Flowery if the word and lost at least mine and my husband interest.
Written 11 April 2024
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