Everything you need to organise a visit and properly prepare your group before coming to the Palace of Versailles.

Visiting with your group

For a multidisciplinary approach to Versailles, there are three visit options available to schools in areas as varied as history, fine art, heritage, humanities, science and technology, and music. Leisure centres may also book the educational activities and guided tours offered to school groups.

  • Educational activities
  • Guided tours
  • Videoconferences

In addition to these options, groups may come for an individual visit or self-guided tour.

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Reservation conditions

These reservation conditions apply to educational activities, guided tours, videoconferences and self-guided tours.

Reservation required

Reservations open 3 months prior to the date of visit, on the first day of the month at 8:30 am (e.g. for a visit in January, reservations open on the first working day of October at 8:30 am). Requests are handled in the order that they are received.

To ensure a fairer distribution of bookings, a maximum of 60 people including accompanying adults (i.e. two groups of 30 people) from the same establishment are permitted to visit on a single date.

If the reservation request is accepted, the requester will be emailed a document. To confirm the reservation, payment must be made as follows:

  • For bookings placed between 3 months and 31 days before your visit, payment should be made within the next 15 days.
  • For bookings placed between 30 days and 16 days before your visit, payment should be made within the next 48 hours.
  • Booking is not possible 15 days or fewer before the day of the visit.

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Group composition

For guided tours, educational activities and self-guided tours in a school or extra-curricular context, groups may consist of a maximum of 30 people including accompanying adults.

  • Infant school: 1 accompanying adult per 5 pupils
  • Primary school: 1 accompanying adult per 10 pupils
  • Secondary school: 1 accompanying for 15 students.

If the group contains additional adults not considered to be accompanying adults, they must number a maximum of 3 and will be required to purchase a ticket.

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educational activities

Educational activities (workshops and presentations) are led by a presenter, a sculptor or an actor. They offer an interactive, fun way of discovering the site, as well as introducing young audiences to creative and artistic techniques.

educational activies

Prices
€75 per activity – duration: 1 hour 30 to 2 hours
€120 per workshop – duration: 2 hours 30

Reservation required via the reservation form

Information
00 (33) 01 30 83 78 00 or versailleseducation@chateauversailles.fr

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Guided tours

Guided tours are conducted by a speaker. These visits are an opportunity to discover the Palace, its great characters and its collections, and explore the highlights of its history.

guided tours

Price
€75 – duration: 1 hour 30

Reservation required via the reservation form

Information
00 (33) 01 30 83 78 00 or versailleseducation@chateauversailles.fr

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videoconferences

Videoconferences are conducted by a speaker or a presenter directly at the Palace. They offer a new way to discover the Palace and its gardens via a remote interactive visit tool.

videoconferences

Price
€75 – duration: 1 hour

Reservation required via the reservation form

Information
00 (33) 01 30 83 78 00 ou versailleseducation@chateauversailles.fr

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Self-guided tours

Self-guided tours of the palace require reservation and enable you to take advantage of speaking rights and a time slot for direct visit access via Entrance B.

Self-guided tours

Price
Free

Reservation required by telephone on 01 30 83 04 05

Information
00 (33) 01 30 83 78 00 or versailleseducation@chateauversailles.fr

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Individual visits

  • Individual visits to the Palace and the Trianon palaces are made without reservations and without speaking rights. On the day of the visit, the teacher must have a list of students with their dates of birth (official document from the educational institution). Please note that this form does not enable you to jump the queue.
  • School groups can visit the Versailles gardens without making a reservation.
Individual visits

Price
Free. There is a charge for entry to the gardens on Grandes Eaux Musical Fountain Display and Musical Gardens days, held on Tuesdays, Fridays and weekends from late March to late October.

Visits without reservation

Information
00 (33) 01 30 83 78 00 or versailleseducation@chateauversailles.fr

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Preparing your group before the visit

Identifying locations before arriving with your class

Since April 2009, the “Pass Éducation” has enabled all teachers working under contract in public and private schools and secondary level establishments (school, college, high school) to access permanent collections at museums and national monuments free of charge.

The Palace of Versailles invites these teachers to use their card to access Versailles free of charge in order to scout out locations before arriving with their class.

The “Bienvenue” interactive map

To supplement the website, “Bienvenue” offers you information before and during your visit by helping you to find your way around the Estate’s locations and services. Built as an interactive map, the site answers 150 of the most frequently asked questions. Compatible with tablets and smartphones and accessible via a 3G connection, this site can be visited anywhere and at any time.

Attire

We recommend planning suitable clothing for your students depending on the visit type you have selected. If visiting the Real Tennis Room and the Gallery of Coaches, we recommend warm clothing.

Making students aware of heritage

The Palace of Versailles is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
To protect this heritage, various rules are in place for all visitors to the Palace and the Estate of Versailles.

The following are in particular prohibited:

  • Touching works of art in the Palace and vases or statues in the gardens
  • Running, jostling, sliding or climbing
  • Leaning against display cases, plinths and other presentation elements
  • Crossing barriers and equipment designed to contain the public
  • Leaving personal items unattended, even for a few moments
  • Bringing food or drink into the Palace of Versailles
  • Using camera sticks within the Palace and the Trianon palaces
  • Using mobile telephones during a visit
  • Walking on the grass in the gardens
  • Eating picnics in the Versailles gardens (picnics are however permitted in the park)

Consult the regulations for visiting the Versailles and Trianon museum

Consult the regulations for visiting the Versailles and Trianon estate

In Versailles

Identifying reception and surveillance officers

Reception and surveillance officers are on hand to provide you with information. These officers, who can be identified from their badges, can be found throughout the visit (in the courtyard, in the gardens, and at the museum entrance and exit). If a student becomes lost, they can contact an officer directly who will then immediately take charge of the student and take measures to find their accompanying adults. Similarly, accompanying adults can contact an officer if they lose a student.

Respect for presenters

Speakers from the Réunion des Musées Nationaux (RMN), presenters and artists are all professionals whose mission is to share the Palace’s history. Out of mutual respect, it is therefore vital to extend them the best possible welcome and follow their instructions.

Use of cameras

Works of art in the permanent exhibition rooms can be photographed or filmed for private use, excluding any use for groups or for commercial purposes.
In the temporary exhibition rooms, camera use is forbidden unless otherwise indicated at the entrance.
To protect works of art and for the comfort of visitors, the use of camera flashes and camera sticks is prohibited throughout the entire of the museum.

Access to Versailles

The interactive map "Bienvenue" will accompany you throughout your visit to the Palace and the Estate

The interactive map

Discover the Estate, the history and the collections

Explore an oustanding Estate

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