The Palace of Versailles is undoubtedly one of the most popular and most visited tourist attractions in the whole of France. This does not come as a surprise given the awe-inspiring grander of the palace. 

Commissioned by King Louis IX, it once served as the de facto capital of France. Today, both the palace and the gardens have been designed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
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If you are one of the millions who are planning to visit the Palace of Versailles, here are some thing that you should know before your trip. 

Opening Times and Ticket Information

If you're hoping to see the palace as well as the Estate of Trianon on a Monday, better change your plans. This is because both are closed on Mondays. However, the gardens as well as the park are open every day. 

The palace is open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., while the Estate of Trianon opens at noon and closes at the same as the palace. The gardens and park are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

As for tickets, it is best to book online due to the high volume of visitors who come to the Palace of Versailles. Booking online also ensures that you can enter within half hour of your booked timeslot. This privilege is only granted to those who book online. 

To book a ticket, click here


It is likewise recommended that you a book an audioguide to make the most of your trip to the palace. The audioguide is available in 12 languages, including English, Spanish, Japanese, and Italian, among others. 

There is also a special guide specifically for children. However, this audioguide is only available in French.

To book an audioguide, click here

Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
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Bags and Luggage

If possible, avoid bringing a bag with you when you visit the Palace of Versailles. Large bags and suitcases, in particular, are strictly prohibited. 

If you must bring a bag, it should not exceed the maximum size of 55cm x 35cm x 20cm. You will be required to leave your bags behind at the luggage desk. 

Guided Tours 

You have the option of purchasing tickets to a guided tour on top of your admission ticket. The guided tour will take you to the private apartments of both Louis XV and Louis XVI. 

For more information on the guided tours, click here

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