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Visit Palace of Versailles with kids
This page provides information and advice on everything you have to know before visiting Palace of Versailles with kids.
Palace of Versailles is a great monument visited by a lot of tourists, so you have to be organize before coming.
What to you want to see?
You have few possibilities which depends on what you want to see with your kids.
If you only want to visit the Versailles’ Palace, you should come in the morning (at 9:00 AM) or at 4:30 PM to avoid the crowd.
If you only want to visit the Versailles’ Palace and Gardens in 1 day, you should visit the Palace in the morning (at 9:00 AM) or at 4:30 PM to avoid the crowd, and walk in the Gardens and the Park the rest af the time.
I prefer going to the Palace in the morning, so that kids can run in the park after being so kind and quiet during the visit; it’s like a reward.
If you want to both visit Versailles’ Palace, the gardens and Trianon Palace and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet in 1 day, you can organize your day that way : See the interior of the Palace at 9:00 AM, than gardens and park, and after Trianon palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet (open until 5:30 PM, 6:30 PM in high season).
I advice this plan, because kids can romp in the park before moving on with a new tour.
Reserve your ticket
When you choose what you want to visit, buy your tickets through Internet to avoid a long queue on site.
You have to reserve for adults, but it’s free for kids until 18 years old and for European Union residents under 26 (student card). To benefit, don’t forget your proof to show it at the main entrance.
For information, even if you have a ticket entrance for the Palace of Versailles, you will queue to the Palace main entrance (named A) to pass the control.
How many time do I need to visit?
Palace of Versailles
For visiting the Palace of Versailles with kids, you need at least one hour and half.
After two hours, my kids want to run out to the Park. 😉
At the entrance, you can have audioguides with explanations specially adapted for kids, but only in french. The audioguide is free, it’s included in the price of the ticket. The adults’ audioguide exists in 11 languages. Officially, the audioguide is available for kid from 8 years old, but kids really appreciate to have one even if they don’t fully understand.
You can also visit with a Guided tour. It costs 7€ for adult in addition to the admission price. Admission is free for children under 10 years old.
Gardens and Park
For Gardens and the Park, it depends on your legs and your kids!
You can stay as long as you want until the closing 6:00 PM (8:30 PM in the summer).
Trianon Palace and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet
For Trianon Palace and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet, you need one hour and a half.
Special advice when visit with babies and Toddlers
Be careful ! Pushchairs and baby-carriers with metal frames are not allowed in the rooms of the Palace. You should bring a baby sling or a baby-carrier without metal frames for children under a year old.
Royal serenade in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles (Sérénade)
Just before Fountains Night Show, musicians and dancers show you in the Hall of Mirrors (Galerie des Glaces) for a French ball.
Each Saturdays from mid june to end August.
Two performances of 50 minutes at 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
It costs €18.
It costs €36 for a combate ticket Serenade + Fountains Night Show (Grandes Eaux Nocturnes).
For Palace of Versailles or gardens : an half day is enough
For Palace of Versailles + gardens: 1 day is necessary
For Palace of Versailles + gardens + Trianon palaces + Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet: in 1 day it’s possible, but 2 days is better.
3. How to organize my day?
If I want to see Palace of Versailles or the Gardens?
I visit the Palace in the morning (at 9:00 a.m.) or at 4:30 p.m. to avoid the crowd.
I walk in the Gardens and the Park when I want.
If I want to see both Palace of Versailles and the Gardens in 1 day?
I visit the Palace in the morning (at 9:00 a.m.) and after I walk in the park, so that kids can run after being so kind and quiet in the palace.
If I do the opposite, I see the Palace from 4:30 p.m. to avoid the crowd.
If I want to see both Palace of Versailles, the Gardens and Trianon Palace and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet in 1 day?
In that case, I organize my day this way:
First choice: I see the interior of the Palace at 9:00 a.m., than Gardens and Park, and after Trianon Palace and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet (open until 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. in high season).
It’s my preferred choice, because kids can romp in the park before moving on with a new tour.
Second choice : I begin by gardens and park until 12:00, than Trianon palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet and I finish by the interior of the Palace after 4:30 p.m.
I well know my kids and I imagine if they will want to visit all or only the palace. I have to decide before buying tickets, because the price won’t be the same and I don’t want to queue!
Have a look at the Palace of Versailles Opening Times to choose your best moment to visit.
If I want to see both Palace of Versailles, the Gardens and Trianon Palace and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet in 2 days?
The first day, I see the interior of the Palace at 9:00 a.m., than Gardens and Park. If I do the opposite, I see the Palace from 4:30 p.m. to avoid the crowd.
The second day, I begin by Gardens and Park, and I visit Trianon Palace and Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet from 12:00.
In the 1660s, the young king Louis XIV began to transform the hunting castle of Louis XIII. The architect was Louis Le Vau. André Le Nôtre begans to create « French-style » Gardens of Versailles.
In 1678, Louis XIV, named « Sun King », decided to expand the castle into a Palace. The architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart created the Hall of Mirrors, decoreated by the painter Charles Le Brun. The famous Hall of Mirrors was a waiting and meeting place where the King showed his royal power to impress visitors.
In 1682, the King moved the court and the government of France from Paris to Versailles.
In 1837, Louis-Philippe converted it into a museum of French History.
In 1919, World War I ended in Hall of Mirrors with signing the Treaty of Versailles with Clémenceau (France), Wilson (Uned States), Lloyd George (United Kingdom), Orlando (Italy), Müller and Bell (Germany).
In Versailles’ Palace , you can see first :
Hall of Mirrors*
King ‘s Grand Apartment
Queens’ Grand Apartment
King’s interior apartments
You can also see :
Crown Prince’s Apartment (Appartement du Dauphin et de la Dauphine) [currently close]
Louis XV’s daughters apartments [can be visit only during the week-end]
Marquise de Pompadour’s Apartment
Museum of French History : paintings and sculptures which show the great national history of France since the Middle Ages.