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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
Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show
$75.58 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Incredible Palace.
Our guide was very organized throughout the tour. He was very knowledgeable of the Palace of Versailles. He was articulate with describing the rooms and history. Very interesting and well worth it. The gardens were pretty but I’m not sure it was worth extra money.
Lawrence_C, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Versailles

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Highly recommend
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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The tour was very...
Katherine_B, Oct 2021
Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour by Train from Paris with Skip-the-Line
The tour was very extensive and our guide was great. There is a lot of walking so be prepared for that. The pickup and train ride were both very smooth. I think it was just a little much on the history side for us
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Take the time out and just go !!!
Rajiv_S, Oct 2021
Versailles Palace And Gardens Private Tour with Skip-the-Line Access
Simply brilliant . We got a great insight to the history and life of the kings and queens that lived in this grand palace. We were virtually transported back in time thanks to our tour guide Max . The time flew by and we learnt a lot of secrets and stories about the grand rulers and life styles and rise and fall of the kings of France . A must visit for history lovers and all things opulent
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A must visit!
Janet_J, Oct 2021
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour with Gardens Access from Paris
Touring the indoors and the gardens! I wish I had more time! I wish I had known about the garden train and golf carts sooner
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Very enjoyable
William_B, Oct 2021
Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show
Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting However at the last minute Viator changed our pick up and told us to get to Versailles on our own apparently forgetting the guide to do the same Otherwise very enjoyable
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Love this tour!
Abigail_P, Oct 2021
Versailles Best of Domain Skip-the-Line Access Day Tour with Lunch from Paris
Isabelle was the best! So knowledgeable and so patient with all our questions. An excellent tour guide. We had so much fun with her showing us Versailles and Queens Hamlet. It was a beautifully done job. Highly recommend this tour. Lunch was also very very delicious!
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Bringing Versailles to life
Loxie_F, Oct 2021
Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show
Our tour guide Mustafa was the best guide for this tour. Not only did he spend time giving us context and the history of Versailles but he managed to bring the whole place to life. We all felt that we learned so much more with his knowledge and experience which he shared so generously with us. He was really fun and engaging with my 6 year old grandson and made him feel a part of the experience as well. All in all it was the best tour and he was a superb tour guide.
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Thank you for well organized tour operators
Joseph_S, Oct 2021
Versailles Palace Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris
Great tour with excellent organization.Exact opposite of Venice Tours SLR insult to tourists..Contact tourist board if you have a bad experience
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Excellent experience!
Stephanie_G, Sep 2021
Versailles Palace Skip the line Guided Tour with Fountains Show Option
Fabulous tour! Our guide, Sylvanie, was incredibly knowledgeable, funny and professional. She never rushed our small group of 12 through any part of the tour and answered all our inquisitive questions. Highly recommend taking this skip the line guided tour and if you can, ask for Sylvanie!
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Versailles
Andrew_C, Oct 2021
Versailles Palace Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris
It was a good trip. We had a knowledgeable tour guide. The building was amazing and the gardens were beautiful. I would recommend this tour.
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Wonderful!
Eleanor_T, Sep 2021
Versailles Palace & Gardens Priority Access Guided Tour from Versailles
Our tour guide was fabulous ! He was extremely knowledgeable, very considerate and full of historical ( accurate) information.

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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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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