Palace and Park of Versailles was the principal residence of the Kings of France from 1682 to 1789, from the reign of Louis XIV through to the beginning of French Revolution. The Grand Apartments have survived in an excellent condition to our days, as well as the King’s Chamber, the Queen’s Chamber, the Hall of Mirrors, and the Apartments of Mesdames. The visitors of the Royal Palace can explore the whole Versailles domain, including the estates of Marie Antoinette, the estate of Trianon and luxurious Versailles gardens with numerous admirable fountains, sculptures, and neatly manicured lawns.
The Palace is open daily from 9:00 am, except on Mondays. However, Trianon and the Coach Gallery open later in the afternoon. The Gardens and the Park are open daily too and offer free access, except the days when Musical Fountains Shows take place.
The best time to visit depends on your priorities—if you want to visit the famous palace without the queues, the low season from November to March is the best. But to make the best of the Versailles Gardens, you have to choose the busy season. Summer months are the most popular. Also, note that weekends and Tuesdays are the most crowded days in a week.
A ticket bought online is the best way to bypass the admission line, but you'll still have to wait at the security checkpoint. A guided tour is the best way not to miss anything and get access to closed rooms.
Versailles is located 20 km (14 miles) from Paris city centre which is about 30-minute drive. For the fullest experience, we recommend spending at least one or two days at the estate.