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A day at Versailles

A day at Versailles

To visit Versailles with your family, we recommend that you spend a full day, or at least a good part of the day, to enjoy the most emblematic sites.  
During the high season (April to October), the Palace gets very crowded; we recommend that you concentrate your visit on different aspects of the Estate and to visit :

  • Gardens and Park : 9 am to 12 pm
  • Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette's Estate : 12 pm to 3 pm
  • Palace Interiors : at opening at 9 am

 We also recommend taking your children's age into account when organising your day at Versailles.

For children under 6

For children under 6

If you are coming with children under the age of 6, you should be forewarned that strollers and metal baby carriers are not allowed inside the Palace - you have to leave them at the free cloakroom. We suggest that you start your visit at Versailles with the Palace, targeting a few emblematic sites such as the Hall of Mirrors, so the children don't get tired too quickly, then continue with a walk through the gardens.


From the Palace, you can take the mini-train to Marie-Antoinette's Estate, where the Queen's Hamlet will charm young and old alike with its country atmosphere. The mini-train is a way of getting there without the little ones getting tired (otherwise it takes 20 minutes to walk there).

For children aged 6 and above

For children aged 6 and above

With children aged 6 and above, the tour of the Palace and its most famous sites is recommended: the Hall of Mirors, the Grand Apartments of the King and Queen, the King's Chamber, etc., whose décors amaze children. Your visit would not be complete without the game booklets for children between the ages of 7 and 12, designed for temporary exhibitions. They are available free of charge at the entrance to the exhibition and at the information points.

The tour of the Estate of Versailles can continue with a visit of the formal French gardens designed by André Le Nôtre and exploring the embroidered parterres, the perspective, the groves (open on Foutains Show and Musical Gardens days only) and the fountains. The "Gardens of Versailles" app is available free of charge to guide you through your visit and includes a one-hour tour specially designed for young people accompanied by their parents.

From age 12

From age 12

With teenagers, the tour can be organised around three main centers of interest: the Palace, the Gardens and Marie-Antoinette's Estate.

The guided tour "The King's Apartment" is appropriate for children aged 12 and above. It is led by a qualified guide and gives you access to areas that are not open to individual visits of the Palace.
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For the entire family

For the entire family

Be sure to visite the gardens on Fountains Show and Musical Gardens days and discover the groves and bubbing fountains, or go to the Great Stables to attend the equestrian shows.

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