Tour of the Grand Canal

On foot, by bike or on skates, enjoy the fresh air in the Palace Park.

The tour of the Grand Canal will allow you to discover magnificent views of the Palace of Versailles. The distance to cover is 5.5 kms. It takes:

  • 1 to 1.15hrs by foot
  • 25 to 30 minutes by bicycle
  • 35 to 40 minutes skating
The tarmac road is relatively flat, accessible to people in wheelchair.
The Grand Canal is the main element of the east-west perspective of the Garden of Versailles. Le Nôtre transformed this humid part of the park into a gigantic water reservoir. The Grand Canal of Versailles became an essential decorative element of the gardens, a source of changing light, which is to discover in any season.

Useful information :

Entrance to the park is possible through different doors. Either by the Boulevard de la Reine, or from the entrance of the Palace.

The entry to the Palace Park is free, unless you go through the gardens on the days of musical fountains show in the high season.
You will find on-site restaurants and tea rooms. It is possible to rent boats, bicycles, or segways.

 At the end of the Grand Canal, do not miss the breathtaking view of the Palace.

Calendar / Opening hours of the Palace Park :

Open everyday.
High season: 7:00 - 20:30 for pedestrians
Low season: 8:00 to 18:00

Attention: schedule may be different depending on the entrance gate of the Park.
 
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