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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 Bike Tour with Marie-Antoinette's domain & timed ticket into Palace
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Versailles Bike Tour with Marie-Antoinette's domain & timed ticket into Palace
$105.06 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A Truly Unique Experience
We really enjoyed this unique tour by bicycle of the Versailles grounds not generally seen by the ordinary visitor. The picnic lunch, purchased at the large farmers market, eaten on the Versailles grounds far from the palace was a highlight. Our tour guide, Vanessa, was very personable adding to the experience; she clearly enjoyed what she was doing. We did several day tours while in France and this was easily the best value for the price.
Laurence_L, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Versailles

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Great experience
Deirdre_B, Mar 2022
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour with Gardens Access from Paris
Great ride through the Latin Quarter. The guide was friendly and safety conscious. Highly recommend!
star-5
Holy Chandeliers
Denise_W, Mar 2022
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Audio Guided Tour with Gardens Access from Paris
Our female driver was fun, funny, friendly, and kind - plus a great driver! The van still had the new vehicle smell. Highly recommend. The audio tour was helpful. The palace itself is huge and looking quite tired and it needs a thorough cleaning inside and out. Having said that, it is still spectacular. The murals, paintings and architecture are outstanding. U can rent golf carts for 38 euro per hour and cruise around the massive grounds. We'll worth the additional cost. Enjoy and have fun!
star-4
Fun but chilly
MarkWRoperIII, Feb 2022
Versailles Half Day Trip from Paris with Audio Guided Visit
We went on a chilly Sunday morning. Was a smaller group. Pickup was easy to find. Guide and driver were informative and helpful. Trip was short to the Palace. Due to covid we practically had a private tour. It was my third time visiting and it just gets better. Plenty of time to sight see. Quick trip back to Paris and managed to see a few more things later that day.
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Go with Isabel to Versailles
Dan_C, May 2022
Versailles Palace Guided Tour with Skip the Line Access from Paris
Isabel was fantastic! She is a very professional, educational, and clearly experienced tour guide. Isabel was also very accomodating.
star-5
Don't miss this tour!
Jacqueline_H, May 2022
Versailles Palace Private Half Day Guided Tour including Hotel Pickup from Paris
This was the highlight of our time in Paris. Everyone loved this tour. Our guide Anja was fantastic! She is so knowledgeable and a delight to spend time with. This private tour is the only way to go...wonderful! Thank you!!
star-5
Must see
Katelyn_M, May 2022
Versailles Palace and Gardens Tour by Train from Paris with Skip-the-Line
The tour from start to finish was exceptional. Our guide was so knowledgeable and genuinely interested and excited by the history of Versailles which have such a wonderful layer to an already breathtaking tour.
star-4
It was a wonderful tour....
LUCY_A, May 2022
Versailles Palace & Giverny's Monet House Guided Visit with Lunch from Paris
It was a wonderful tour. Lots of information as well as wonderful free time. The stop for lunch was wonderful as well.
star-5
Understanding the Humanity of Versailles
Hannah_M, May 2022
Versailles Palace Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris
Versailles is breathtaking in and of itself, but taking a guided tour really enhances everything! From understanding who lived there, to having a better understanding of the mindset of the royals, this tour was exactly what we needed to enjoy Versailles to the fullest!
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Versailles you jewel
Darius_S, May 2022
Versailles Palace Skip the Line Guided Tour with Gardens, Trianons & The Hamlet
Anne Sophie you made this visit to the palace of palaces unforgettable. Your knowledge your enthusiasm and your desire to leave no query unanswered was just enthralling and made you forget tired feet and hot faces. My wife Sonja most heartily joins me in thanking you and Viator. Darius Shroff
star-5
Great side trip from Paris
Michael_W, May 2022
Versailles Palace Guided Tour with Skip the Line Access from Paris
Guide was very knowledgeable and fun. It is an easy way to see highlights of the palace in a half day.
star-5
It was amazing and so informative
Pamela_R, May 2022
Versailles Palace Skip the line Guided Tour from Versailles
Ed was our guide and shared so much about Versailles that we didn’t know. This was my third visit to Versailles and he showed us things I had never seen before! Bravo, Ed! Pam R.
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Extraordinaire
Adham_B, May 2022
Versailles Palace Guided Tour with Gardens & Fountains Show from Paris
All was amazing with no exception the guide was incredible he has lot of information and the time was more than enough to visit the castle but maybe a little more for the garden will be great

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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