Book Now

Versailles: Skip-the-Line Tour of Palace and Gardens Access

palace of versailles paris tickets tours and attractions • Paris Tickets

About This Activity

  • FREE cancellation: Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
  • Reserve now & pay later: Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.
  • Duration 1.5 hours: Check availability to see starting times.
  • Skip the line through a separate entrance
  • Live tour guide: Italian, Spanish, English, French, German

Highlights

  • Travel back in time and discover the impressive history of the Palace of Versailles
  • Beat the huge crowds and jump straight in with your pre-booked time slot
  • Explore the Hall of Mirrors and King's and Queen's State Apartments
  • Be guided by an expert guide through the emblematic royal Château
  • Learn about French royalty, including King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
palace versailles paris • Paris Tickets
palace of versailles paris tickets tours and attractions • Paris Tickets
palace versailles paris • Paris Tickets
palace of versailles paris tickets tours and attractions • Paris Tickets
palace of versailles paris tickets tours and attractions • Paris Tickets

FULL DESCRIPTION

Discover the opulence, beauty, and history of Versailles Palace on an interactive guided tour. Access the palace through a separate entrance to begin your tour and then you head off to the famous gardens with a guide or on your own. During the 90-minute tour of the main palace, see the State Apartments, the King’s Bedroom, and the emblematic Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette. Hear about the fascinating historical events that took place in many of the palace’s rooms, before stepping out to explore the vast ga... Read more

Discover the opulence, beauty, and history of Versailles Palace on an interactive guided tour. Access the palace through a separate entrance to begin your tour and then you head off to the famous gardens with a guide or on your own. During the 90-minute tour of the main palace, see the State Apartments, the King’s Bedroom, and the emblematic Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy, from King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette. Hear about the fascinating historical events that took place in many of the palace’s rooms, before stepping out to explore the vast gardens complex with your guide or on your own. Marvel at the gardens’ grandeur, its bronze statues, and ornamental basins accompanied by rows of large trees.

If visiting with a guide, gain fascinating insights about the garden on an optional 45-minute tour. Discover Marie-Antoinette’s private estate and controversial hamlet by choosing the option with access to her estate.

Including

  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Palace of Versailles
  • 90-minute guided tour of the main palace
  • Access to the gardens
  • 45-minute guided tour of the gardens (if option selected)
  • Entrance ticket to Marie Antoinette’s estate and the Trianon (if option selected)

Know Before You Go

  • The palace gardens are free from November through March. On these days you can visit the garden for free after your guided tour
  • There are no musical or fountain shows on days when the gardens are free to enter
  • Between April and October, there is a fee to access the gardens
  • After the tour you are allowed to stay in the palace until it closes
  • The gardens may close without notice due to bad weather conditions
  • During peak times the palace can be very crowded and there may be a short wait at the group entrance
  • Not allowed: pets, weapons or sharp objects, food and drinks, luggage or large bags, selfie sticks and umbrellas

Availability

Powered by GetYourGuide

Frequently Asked Questions

When was the Palace of Versailles built? The Palace of Versailles began as a hunting lodge built by King Louis XIII in 1623. It was transformed and expanded into a grand palace by his son, King Louis XIV, beginning in 1661.

Why was the Palace of Versailles built? King Louis XIV wanted to create a magnificent symbol of his absolute power and the glory of France. He transformed Versailles into the center of political power in France and moved the royal court there in 1682.

What are the main attractions within the Palace? The main attractions include the Hall of Mirrors, the King’s Grand Apartments, the Queen’s Grand Apartments, the Royal Chapel, and the Opera House. The Hall of Mirrors is particularly famous for its grandeur and historical significance.

What can be seen in the gardens of Versailles? The gardens are renowned for their classical French landscape design, including meticulously manicured lawns, parterres, fountains, statues, and the Grand Canal. Visitors can also see the Petit Trianon and the Grand Trianon, smaller palaces within the grounds.

How can I get to the Palace of Versailles from Paris? The Palace of Versailles is accessible by train from Paris. The RER C line connects central Paris to Versailles Château Rive Gauche station, which is about a 10-minute walk from the palace.

What are the opening hours of the Palace of Versailles? The palace is usually open from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM, with last entry at 5:30 PM. The gardens and park are open earlier and close later. However, it’s recommended to check the official website for the most current hours and any special closures.

Are there any entrance fees? Yes, there are entrance fees. Various ticket options are available, including tickets for the palace, the gardens, and combined passes. Some visitors, such as those under 18 and EU residents under 26, can enter for free.

When is the best time to visit the Palace of Versailles? The best time to visit is during the off-peak season (November to March) to avoid large crowds. Arriving early in the morning or late in the afternoon can also help avoid peak tourist times.

Are guided tours available? Yes, guided tours are available and can provide a more in-depth understanding of the palace’s history and significance. Audio guides are also available for self-guided tours.

Are there any special events or exhibitions at the Palace? The Palace of Versailles hosts various temporary exhibitions, concerts, and events throughout the year. The Musical Fountain Shows and Musical Gardens are popular events held in the gardens during the warmer months.

Is the Palace of Versailles accessible to people with disabilities? The palace and gardens have made efforts to be accessible to people with disabilities, including the availability of wheelchairs and special access routes. It’s advisable to check specific accessibility details on the official website before visiting.

For more detailed information, visiting the official Palace of Versailles website or contacting their visitor services can provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive answers.

FEATURED REVIEW(S)

4.7/5 stars – based on 5142 reviews


Just finished the tour and was lucky to be guided by the great Anne-Sophie!! She was so knowledgeable, personable, and kind that I was caught in all the beauty and history of Versailles, losing track of time and just left in awe! Definitely a must see, and the tour makes it way more accessible for others, including families!
Noah – United States


The staff were very helpful in rectifying our issue with being delayed due to the rail strikes taking place on the day. The gentlemen behind the desk called while en route to check up on us and was able to fit us in for the following your an hour later so we could still enjoy the experience. He was helpful, kind, respectful and resourceful. Gabriella led our tour and she was friendly and engaging. It was a great opportunity to spot little details and learn things you would never come across without a tour. Lots of facts given and information learned.
Rachel – United Kingdom


Our tour was amazing mostly due to Sophie Anne. She was very knowledgeable and passionate about the Palace of Versailles. We learned a lot and did not want the tour to end. If you book this tour make sure to request Sophie, you will not be disappointed.
Loida – Mexico

You Might Also Like

From NZ$ 76

Charming Paris Bike Tour

Start your 3-hour bike in front of the City Hall. On this small-group guided tour, enjoy a leisurely bike ride through Paris historical neighborhoods. Your local guide will… read more

From NZ$ 58

Day Trip Paris: Giverny Monet’s Garden with Audio or Live Guide

Enjoy a half-day trip to the former home of Claude Monet, one of the most famous painters of French Impressionism. Located in the tiny hamlet of Giverny on… read more

From NZ$ 248

Catacombs Paris: VIP Skip-the-Line Restricted Access Tour

Beneath the streets of Paris, there is another, darker side to the city that few get to see. Twenty meters (and more) below street level, the galleries of… read more