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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 Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show
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Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show
$73.87 per adult
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Great guided tour
The transport and guide were perfect for our small group. The guided tour with commentary provided a great and rich experience. I has been to Versailles before and the guide and no wait group ticket made for a better experience.
Adriana_B, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Versailles

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Shelley_F, Sep 2021
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour with Gardens Access from Paris
Directions were clear and concise, the driver was very knowledgeable and polite, he was happy to answer our questions and hear feedback. I would recommend the company highly. The vas was new and clean and the driver was sensible and cautious.
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Lovely day!
Sally_R, Aug 2021
Versailles Palace & Giverny's Monet House Guided Visit with Lunch from Paris
Van was modern, clean, comfortable. Guide Francois was knowledgeable, responsive, courteous, fun, we’ll-prepared so all went smoothly.. Giverny is charming beyond words. Lunch restaurant, in a garden area beside an old mill, was exceptional—food was delicious, served artistically, accompanied by wine, served meticulously. We were a small group (7) and soon knew each other! The Versailles tour was probably too brief for others, but I was still enchanted with Giverny, so it was long enough.
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Our guide Quentin was...
Garell_K, Jan 2022
Versailles - Skip-the-line Private tour from Paris (HALF or FULL DAY)
Our guide Quentin was extremely knowledgeable on Versailles. He made sure we were comfortable and took on our questions confidently. Overall, it was a pleasant trip with Quentin and would definitely recommend to others.
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Best. Tour. Ever.
George_S, Jan 2022
Versailles Palace Guided Tour with Skip the Line Access from Paris
A guided tour of the palace is a must for any visitor. So much to see and learn. Small group was perfect for us. Our tour guide Oliver was the best!!!
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Facinating historical palace
Sheryl_N, Dec 2021
Versailles Small-Group Guided Tour from Paris
Magnificent palace...history facinating..guide was veerrrry knowledgeable..quick bus trip..small group
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Amazing
Amy_I, Dec 2021
Versailles Palace & Gardens Priority Access Guided Tour from Versailles
Loved the tour! The tour guide was amazing as well! He explained everything pretty nicely. The palace is just extremely beautiful.
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Versailles Private Tour
Ryan_C, Dec 2021
Versailles Palace And Gardens Private Tour with Skip-the-Line Access
The private tour was great. Antony was extremely knowledgable and able to answer all questions. He was very friendly and accommodating.
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A splendid morning at Versailles!
lionel_l, Dec 2021
Versailles Palace & Gardens Priority Access Guided Tour from Versailles
The guide was humorous & entertaining. He regaled us tales of life in the palace - the grandeur, scandals & intrigues.
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Wonderful experience!
Kimberly_J, Dec 2021
Versailles Palace Guided Tour with Skip the Line Access from Paris
Our guide Oliver was great! Versailles is a visual and historical treasure! Definitely worth seeing!
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Excellent tour and guise
naomi331, Dec 2021
Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show
Versailles was beautiful. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and was friendly. He was early at the meeting point and was informative about Paris as well as the tour.
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Entertaining and informative bike tour
Stacey_R, Dec 2021
Versailles Bike Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance to Palace
Cecilia was the perfect guide. She was personable, funny, friendly, and told interesting stories. She also provided good recommendations for dining and entertainment in Paris. Despite the fact that the bike tour occurred in the cold rain, it was very enjoyable. The tour company provided bikes with saddlebags so I didn't have to worry about my travel bag and also provided rain ponchos which were very much needed. I would definitely recommend this tour and this guide to anyone!
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Versailles revisted
Kaye_S, Dec 2021
Versailles Private Half-Day Guided Tour with Hotel Pickup
Excellent tour and our guide was very knowledgeable and added to our second visit to Versailles. Versailles never disappoints and this visit was no exception and enhanced with our guide Gustavo

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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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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