The Park A haven of greenery

Beyond the gardens lies the Park, which extends the gardens seamlessly thanks to the creation of two large water features: the Grand Canal and the Lake of the Swiss Guards.

Due to Olympic Games events being held in the park of the Estate of Versailles, certain areas of the park are not accessible to the public. Visitors, whether on foot, horseback or bicycle, are asked not to go through the gates and barriers. Find out more about conditions of access to the park.

The Palace of Versailles Park remains open every day, free of charge, and accessible via the Gardens, the Queen's Gate and the Saint-Anthony's Gate.

The Park covers approximately 800 hectares, criss-crossed by straight paths marking out wooded areas and agricultural fields, and is surrounded by a wall pierced by gates. Although some sections of land were lost during the Revolution and the 19th century, the Park’s perimeter nevertheless retained its original outline, and it continues to surround the estate of Versailles with the wealth of greenery it has always known.

The Park is open every day of the year except during exceptional weather (snow, violent winds, etc). The entry is free.

Opening times and access

Access to the park during the Olympic period

The park of the Palace of Versailles will host events of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Olympic Games: Equestrian sports from July 27 to August 6, 2024 / Modern pentathlon from August 8 to 11, 2024
Paralympic Games: Para-equestrian from September 3 to 7, 2024

In preparation for these events, access to the park will be restricted over the period from June 10 to September 15. 

Olympics Games at the Palace of Versailles

Access to the park during the olympic period

The grand canal

© Thomas Garnier

André Le Nôtre’s design for the Grand Canal transformed the east-west perspective into a long open section filled with light and stretching as far as the eye can see. The work took 11 years to complete, from 1668 to 1679. The Grand Canal is 1,670 metres long and its banks have played host to legendary parties, such as in 1674 when it was lit up along its entire length with thousands of jars placed behind transparent decorations. From 1669 onwards Louis XIV sailed different kinds of boats here, including rowing boats, and in 1674 the Republic of Venice sent the king two gondolas and four gondoliers. The gondoliers were housed in a series of buildings at the end of the Canal which was thereafter referred to as Little Venice. During the summer the canal played host to the King’s fleet of vessels, while in winter the frozen surface was used for skating and sledding. The transversal branches of the canal granted access by boat to the Menagerie (to the south) or Trianon (to the north).

lake of the swiss guard

© Thomas Garnier

The southern part of the gardens of Versailles was known for being rather damp, from stagnant water. In 1679 work started to excavate a large lake of 12 hectares to replace a pond referred to as “the Old Pond”; the new lake was only fully dug out in 1686. It also marked the end of the north-south axis which started at the Neptune Fountain. Some of the excavated soil helped create the Royal Vegetable Garden to the east. For a long time there remained a marshy area to the west of the lake, heading towards Saint-Cyr, known as the “Smelly Pond”, which was drained only in the 18th century.

rivulet of gally

22 kilometers long, the rivulet of Gally have its source in the Park of Versailles, in the Horseshoe pool. 

© Christian Milet

Access is free for pedestrians and cyclists.
Vehicles must pay an entrance fee (€6 for cars and €3 for motorcycles). Free parking is available for people with reduced mobility upon presentation of official proof.

Opening times and access

The Gardens

The art of perspective

The Gardens
The estate of Trianon

A place of intimacy

The estate of Trianon