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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
$73.53 per adult
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Our tour guide is very...
Our tour guide is very informative and patient ,we skip the line go direct to the palace.we all happy.
siu_h, Nov 2021

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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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
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Great history of France,...
ELEVATE_H, Nov 2021
Versailles Private Half-Day Guided Tour with Hotel Pickup
Great history of France, clear understanding of how france started and what was hidden behind the walls of versailles.
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AMAZING
Nicole_L, Nov 2021
Versailles Bike Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance to Palace
This was an amazing experience! The grounds of Versailles are huge and this is the only way to see EVERYTHING that you want to see. Plus it was so fun! The guide was amazing in telling us the history of each part of the grounds we visited. He was funny and witty to. Made history fun. This was an amazing experience and I would do it again. Long day but we’ll worth it.
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Versailles Bike Tour
Celina_A, Nov 2021
Versailles Bike Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance to Palace
Gigi was an amazing guide for our group. We learned so much about Versailles. He was engaging and answered everyone’s questions. I would highly recommend going on a tour with Gigi.
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The designs and...
Gerolyn_M, Nov 2021
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour with Gardens Access from Paris
The designs and creativity of the garden. The tour guide Arnauy was very detail and knowledgeable. The ability to hear from my own phone.
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Great two hour guided tour with flexibility to explore
MichelleBowkerWhite, Nov 2021
Versailles Palace & Gardens Guided Tour from Paris with Optional Fountain Show
Guide made learning how to use the train easy. We felt like a pro in one day! Versailles was archeticually beautiful. We enjoyed walking the grounds & came across a lunch spot tucked into the garden... delicious kiech! Fountains were not in operation the day we were there, but I hear they are impressive. We really liked the versitility of being able to return on our own, rather than being held captive for 12 hours like on the two previous tours.
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Great experience
Jose_V, Nov 2021
Versailles Palace & Gardens Priority Access Guided Tour from Versailles
The guide Abed was a Profesional Very interesant visit, Versailles Well consérvate and with Many óptions to visit the Palace Garden
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Beautiful day
Simone_N, Oct 2021
Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour with Gourmet Lunch by Chef Ducasse
Guide was very friendly and knowledgeable; he had great information. Going in with the separate group entrance was also very nice because the queue outside was very long. Overall enjoyed our time at the palace and finished with a beautiful lunch.
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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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Great insight and fun
Jeremy_S, Nov 2021
Versailles Private Half-Day Guided Tour with Hotel Pickup
Gustavo was absolutely delightful, and dedicated 100% of his attention to us when taking us around, with little historical nuggets which as a foreigner you'd love to find out. Even when away from the attractions and enroute to our destinations, we discussed a myriad of issues far beyond what I would expect to discuss in a tour!

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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