This spring, there’s a new tour available at the Palace of Versailles, following the reopening of the Dauphin and the Dauphine’s apartments and Louis XV’s daughters’ apartments on the ground floor of the central section. In addition, the Gallery of Coaches and the Sculptures and Mouldings Gallery are open on weekends – and not forgetting the Fountains Shows and Musical Gardens.
Reopening of the ground floor apartments
The Dauphin’s apartment, which has been closed to the public for more than 10 years, is opening its doors once more, following a major restoration. The aim of the project was to restore the spaces as closely as possible to how they were following the refurbishment of 1750, led by Ange-Jacques Gabriel for Louis XV’s eldest son, Louis-Ferdinand – Dauphin of France.
Following on from Louis XV’s daughters’ apartments is the Palace Police Room – the perfect setting for displaying a collection of around 20 sculptures left over from the fountains in the former Labyrinth Grove, which were recently presented as part of the King’s Animals exhibition.
Finally, after 20 years, the Captain of the Guard’s Room is being reopened to visitors, who will find it looking as it did following the refurbishment ordered by Louis-Philippe. On display in this apartment are masterpieces illustrating key events and personalities from the reign of Louis XVI.
the king's stables
These sites are free to visit every Saturday and Sunday, from 12.30 pm to 6.30 pm, last admission 5.30 pm.
Free audioguides for the Gallery of Coaches and the Sculptures and Mouldings Gallery are available on the Palace of Versailles app:
The fountain shows
From 1 April to 30 October 2022, enjoy the Fountains Shows and Musical Gardens and the Night Fountains Shows in the gardens and groves, which are opened specially for these events.
Revel in the beauty of the gardens of Versailles, the specially opened groves and the dancing waters of the fountains set to baroque music during the Musical Fountains Shows.
the royal tennis court
The Royal Tennis Court reopens in April 2022, following its restoration. Guided tours are available to help visitors learn about this room, which turned out to be the birthplace of French democracy, linked to a pivotal event of the Revolution.
To celebrate the restoration of the Royal Tennis Court and the painting by Luc-Olivier Merson based on Jacques-Louis David’s sketches, the Palace of Versailles has recorded a special podcast, telling the story of this historic work.
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The Royal Tennis Court will be opened specially for visitors to explore at their leisure from 12.30 pm to 6.30 pm on 17 April, 8 May and 5 June (all Sundays), as well as on 26 May and 14 July (both Thursdays).
Visitors are advised to start their tour of the Palace on the ground floor of the central section.
- Visitors who access the Palace via the Dufour Pavilion can, after exiting the pavilion, move directly on to the Dauphine’s apartment, on their left, and take in the Chefs d’Oeuvres Retrouvés (Rediscovered Masterpieces) exhibition, which runs until 5 June 2022.
- The tour continues on to the Dauphin’s apartment – recently restored and open for the first time in more than 10 years.
- After leaving the Dauphin’s apartment, visitors can cross the Lower Gallery to reach Louis XV’s daughters’ apartments, which they can explore at their leisure.
- These apartments lead into the Palace Police Room, where visitors can enjoy a new display.
- The tour of the ground floor culminates in the Captain of the Guards Room and a section of the Queen’s private apartment.
- Once out in the Marble Courtyard, visitors can access the Gabriel Pavilion, from where they can rejoin the standard tour route, comprising the State Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors.
- After exploring the Palace, visitors can move into the gardens or, at weekends, to the King’s Stables, where they’ll find the Gallery of Coaches and the Sculptures and Mouldings Gallery.
Explore the Palace of Versailles with the Palace ticket:
If visiting the Palace and gardens on the days of the fountains shows and musical gardens, choose a Passport ticket:
To make the most of your visit, why not use the audioguides to the Chefs d’Oeuvres Retrouvés (Rediscovered Masterpieces) exhibition and the Mesdames’ apartments? They’re available free on the Palace of Versailles app. New audioguides to the Dauphin’s apartment and the Captain of the Guards Room coming soon.
"With the support of the State, but also of all the people who love Versailles, we are fighting. We hope to get through this difficult period without letting go of what makes the Estate’s core greatness, so that it continues to shine throughout the world ", Catherine Pégard, President.
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