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Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles)
Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles)

Versailles Gardens (Jardins de Versailles)

Place d'Armes, Versailles, 78000

The Basics

The gardens of Versailles are famous for their spectacular musical fountain shows and evening fireworks displays, held throughout the summer months.

Most visitors opt to discover Versailles on a half-day tour from Paris. With wait times lasting up to two hours, it’s worth booking skip-the-line entrance tickets if you plan to visit both the palace and gardens. You can explore the gardens on a self-guided tour, but visiting with a tour guide can be helpful if you have limited time or want to learn more about their history.

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Versailles Bike Tour with Palace Timed Entry Ticket & Marie-Antoinette's Domain
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Versailles Bike Tour with Palace Timed Entry Ticket & Marie-Antoinette's Domain
$103.83 per adult
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Great Tour!
Arnol was an awesome tour guide! He was knowledgeable and attentive. The tour was a lot of fun for the entire family.
Anonymous, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Versailles

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Versailles with Sophie
Mark_D, Jun 2022
Versailles Palace & Gardens Skip-the-line Guided Tour
Sophie was fantastic. She was engaging and incredibly knowledgable of French and Versailles history (she studied hard during COVID). The linkup was super easy as the check-in was right across from the train station. I recommend the RER train from downtown Paris - inexpensive and a nice ride.
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Great experience
Deirdre_B, Mar 2022
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour with Gardens Access from Paris
Great ride through the Latin Quarter. The guide was friendly and safety conscious. Highly recommend!
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Holy Chandeliers
Denise_W, Mar 2022
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour with Gardens Access from Paris
Our female driver was fun, funny, friendly, and kind - plus a great driver! The van still had the new vehicle smell. Highly recommend. The audio tour was helpful. The palace itself is huge and looking quite tired and it needs a thorough cleaning inside and out. Having said that, it is still spectacular. The murals, paintings and architecture are outstanding. U can rent golf carts for 38 euro per hour and cruise around the massive grounds. We'll worth the additional cost. Enjoy and have fun!
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Ask for Marion if you can!
Joyce_K, Aug 2022
Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour with Gourmet Lunch by Chef Ducasse
Thank you Marion for making our trip to the Palace of Versailles and petite Trianon a memorable and informative visit. Your guided tour was so thoughtful and thorough and we couldn’t imagine having gone through this palace without you! Lunch was decadent and highly recommended. After all, how often do you get to have lunch at the Palace prepared by a Michelin star chef 💫.
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Our tour guide Nima was...
Kathy_M, Aug 2022
NEW Versailles all included Golf Cart + Bike Tour
Our tour guide Nima was incredible. He knew a great deal of history about the palace as well as France in general. His English was flawless. The trip was well organized to avoid the crowds. It would have been impossible to see as much as we did if we had not been on bikes
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Amazing Versailles
Janine_M, Aug 2022
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Guided Tour with Gardens, Trianons & The Hamlet
Gabriella was a brilliant guide. She was full of information and is clearly passionate about her job. We would highly recommend this tour if amazing Versailles.
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Marley made our trip memorable!
Anel_M, Aug 2022
Versailles Domain Guided Day Bike Tour with Palace Entrance from Paris by Train
Marley our tour guide did a great job! Very friendly and helpful! She gave us many valuable information and was funny kind . We made new friends!
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Our best activity in France!
Deborah_H, Aug 2022
Versailles: Food & Palace Bike Tour
This was the best activity I arranged for my family while in Paris. Fiona, our guide, was amazing. She was tres cool, informative and made the experience so fun. I would totally recommend to all families looking to make memories together in France.
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Great Tour!
Anonymous, Aug 2022
Versailles Bike Tour with Palace Timed Entry Ticket & Marie-Antoinette's Domain
Arnol was an awesome tour guide! He was knowledgeable and attentive. The tour was a lot of fun for the entire family.
star-5
Beautiful tout
TanishaLoggins, Aug 2022
Versailles Palace Skip the line Guided Tour from Versailles
Beautiful tour. Great tour guide. Really enjoyed the tour and it was a great time to beat the crowd.
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Back in Times Tour!
Mike_F, Aug 2022
Fontainebleau - Versailles, Trianon & Gardens Small-group from Paris by Minivan
Enjoying walking in Gardens of Versailles Palace; Timing was just great and exactly what is needed to complete the tour. Versailles is huge and we managed to complete all on time.
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A Worthy Ride
Diego_Z, Aug 2022
Versailles Bike Tour with Palace Timed Entry Ticket & Marie-Antoinette's Domain
The ride through the parks is worth it since it is immense and doing them by bicycle allows you to appreciate them very well. The guide, although fun, had a strong French accent that sometimes I had a hard time to follow. I would have liked the tour to include the guide to accompany us inside the palaces.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Plan at least two hours to explore the gardens.

  • Access to the gardens is free of charge, except on the days when Musical Fountains Shows take place.

  • Electric golf carts are available to rent, and a mini-train runs between the palace, the Trianon palaces, the Queen’s Hamlet, and the Grand Canal.

  • The Versailles Gardens contain a selection of restaurants and cafés, but picnics are not permitted.

  • It can be breezy in the gardens even in summer, so bring a jacket.

  • Free Wi-Fi points are located in the Main Courtyard and at the garden entrance, and a free Gardens of Versailles app is available to download.

  • All visitors to the gardens must pass through security checks, and no large bags or suitcases are permitted.

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How To Get There

The Palace of Versailles, 13 miles (21 kilometers) outside Paris, is easy to reach by train. RER C trains run from central Paris to Versailles Château Rive Gauche, a 10-minute walk from the palace. SNCF trains run from Paris Montparnasse station to Versailles Chantiers or from Paris Saint Lazare to Versailles Rive Droite station. On arrival at the palace, direct entrance to the gardens is through the Courtyard of the Princes.

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Trip ideas

How to Spend 1 Day at Versailles

How to Spend 1 Day at Versailles

Summer at Versailles: Musical Fountain Shows and Fireworks

Summer at Versailles: Musical Fountain Shows and Fireworks


When to Get There

The Versailles Château Gardens are open year-round, but by far the most popular time to visit is in high season (April to October) when Musical Fountains Shows, Musical Gardens, and Fountains Night Shows take place. On show days an admission fee is charged, and it’s best to visit early in the morning or just before closing to avoid the busiest periods. Visiting in low season means smaller crowds, but for conservation purposes the fountains are switched off, the groves are closed, and many of the statues are covered.

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A Walking Tour of the Versailles Château Gardens

The masterpiece of landscape architect André Le Nôtre, the stunning gardens of Versailles offer scenic walks through groves, around formal parterres, and past spectacular fountains. Stride down the Royal Walk, gaze out across the Great Lawn, stroll around the Orangerie, and admire Marie Antoinette’s Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon palaces. Additional highlights include Apollo’s Baths Grove, the Mirror Pool, Ballroom Grove, the Neptune Fountain, and Apollo’s Fountain, which looks out across the Grand Canal.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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