Prepare for your visit
Versailles has a rich history! The Palace of Versailles is iconic and attracts numerous visitors from all corners of the globe. Naturally, you want to see as much as possible in a short space of time. But there's little point in hurrying your visit without taking the time to get the most out of your trip. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your visit so it will always remain an unforgettable experience.
How much time should I allow to visit the Palace of Versailles?
You've probably read in the tourist guides that you should allow 1½ hours to visit the Palace of Versailles. But this doesn't include visiting the Palace Gardens, the Coach Gallery or the Trianon Palaces and Marie Antoinette's Estate. Nor will you see the historic Royal Tennis Court or any night shows.
We can only recommend that you take your time and allow at least one full day, but preferably two, for your visit to Versailles. We hope you will find these tips useful when planning your visit.
When should I come to the Palace of Versailles?
The Estate of the Palace of Versailles is open all year round (except 1 January, 1 May, 25 December and Mondays). Each season has its own particular charm, although the gardens are more enjoyable when the weather is fine.
The busiest time of year is between May and September. The busiest days of the week are Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. On these days, try to arrive at the Palace when it opens at 9 am so you can make the most of your visit to the Grand Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors. This will then leave you time to explore the rest of the Estate and the town of Versailles.
Check when the Palace of Versailles is expected to be busy before you plan your visit.
Are there things you want to see outside the Palace of Versailles?
Everything in Versailles can be reached on foot. It would be a pity not to visit the Royal Tennis Court, which is an iconic location of the French Revolution and only 5 minutes away by foot from the Palace. Once there, the King's Kitchen Garden is also nearby. Or perhaps you would prefer the noisier atmosphere of the market, which is only 5 minutes or so away by foot from the Palace and in the Notre Dame district of Versailles. From there you can also stroll around the antique shops, which are clustered in the district adjacent to the market.
You can get to know the town of Versailles more easily by taking a 1½-hour tour with one of our guides who will introduce you to the town's hidden treasures.
One last tip...
Wear a good pair of shoes! You'll do a lot of walking on your visit to Versailles.