Tickets for Palace of Versailles: Access All Areas + Audio Guide
Access all areas of the Sun King’s estate with an audio guide
- Walk through Marie Antoinette's private compound, one of the few things bigger than her gravity-defying hairdo!
- Amble through 250 acres of landscaped garden, the stunning Hall of Mirrors, Royal Opera, The Grand Trianon and more
- Admire French Art - the furniture is a large collection in Baroque, Classicist and Empire style. Check the beautifully preserved famous chests of André Charles Boulle
In the public mind, the name Versailles conjures up notions of the sumptuous palace and vast landscaped gardens. But did you know there's also a third part? With this passport ticket, you’ll be able to explore The Queen’s Hamlet, Marie Antoinette’s private compound.
The main palace and gardens are extravagant beyond belief. More than 700 rooms, a large collection of 18th-century French art, an opera house and a 75 m-long hall of mirrors lined with statues and busts.
The gardens feature all manner of luxuries and follies that a European monarch just couldn’t do without: meticulously manicured lawns, hundreds of ornate fountains and statues of Greek gods emerging from water pools.
But that's not all: the famously profligate Marie Antoinette wasn't content with the room she had at Versailles, so she insisted on having her own compound away from the main palace. And boy howdy, did she get it!
Two smaller - though still grand - palaces, known as the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon, already existed on the edge of the grounds. She took these and added a village of idyllic, rustic buildings that came to be known as The Queen’s Hamlet. It was all fun and games till the rabble came calling…
Versailles has a total area of more than 2,000 acres, so there’s plenty of magnificence to go round - or above! (In 1783, the first balloon flight experiment was held for the king. The passengers included a duck, a rooster, and a sheep).
The four rooms in the Queen’s State Apartment are currently closed for renovation. Visitors can learn about Marie-Antoinette’s world in other places, such as the Petit Trianon and the Queen Hamlet.
Visitors to Versailles 1682-1789 (22 October 2017 - 25 February 2018)
The Palace of Versailles has always been a magnet for distinguished guests, especially during the 17th and 18th centuries when King Louis XIV and his heirs welcomed ambassadors, artists, writers, philosophers, architects, and scholars to their stately palace. This new exhibition assembles over 300 works, including portraits, sculptures, court attire, travel guides, tapestries, and porcelain to tell the stories of some of the Palace's most notable visitors.
- Access to all areas of the Versailles museum and estate (Palace of Versailles, Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate, the gardens)
- Access to all temporary exhibitions
- Night show
- Access to the gardens on a fountains-show day
Show your smartphone ticket at entrance 'A'.
Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.
- Palace: 1 April - 31 October 9:00 - 18:30, 1 November - 31 March 9:00 - 17:30
- Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate: 1 April - 31 October 12:00 - 18:30, 1 November - 31 March 12:00 - 17:30
- Gardens: 1 April - 31 October 8:00 - 20:30, 1 November - 31 March 8:00 - 18:00
- RER: Line C, Versailles-Château-Rive Gauche
- SNCF: Versailles-Chantiers or Versailles-Rive Droite
- Due to works scheduled to be done by the end of August, the best way to reach the Palace is via the RER C from the Gare de Javel
was a very small line up, but recommend either getting there at 0900 when it opens,
or later in the afternoon when the crowds are thinner. We used our reserved tickets, and were able to walk in showing our online tickets quite easily. We picked up our audio system, but had a little difficulty utilizing it -- adding room numbers to access the narrative, as not all the rooms were easily identified. Our overall experience was excellent.
One word of advise , please take it. Buy tickets to by pass the queues. They are extra. But can wait easily up to 3 hours to get in. But once in its worth it. Will be going again
The audio tour works very well when you can locate the number to key into the device for a commentary on that room. We missed a couple of rooms because the crowds obscured the small sign with number.
It would be nice if you could repeat an area but this is limited by the life of the battery charge.