Little Train in Gardens of Versailles


Domain of Versailles’ Facilities

This page provides information about many services in Domain of Versailles.

Special tips

Wear good shoes: Domain of Versailles is huge, you will have to walk al lot during the Palace of Versailles, to joint Marie-Antoinnette’s estate (Petit Trianon, Grand Trianon) 1,5 km far from the Castle.

In Summer, don’t forget a cap, solar cream and little bottle of water (50 cl maximum to be allowed during the Palace of Versailles’ visit).

In wet weather, don’t forget a folding umbrella. Becareful : Umbrella that doesn’t bend are forbidden inside the Palace of Versailles.

At the entrance of Palace of Versailles :

  • Free left-luggage office for your stroller, backpacks, suitcases and umbrellas : Prefer bring with you a baby sling or a baby-carrier without metal frames for children under a year old.
  • Public toilets free of charge, basement level (Gabriel Pavilion)
  • Free distribution of audio-guide in 11 languages : French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, Polish.

Bicycle and row boat hire, Segways, mini-train and electric vehicle to rent

The garden’s designer, André Le Nôtre transformed this wet section of the park into a huge reservoir: The Grand Canal of Versailles. This east-west view from the Versailles’ garden is a source of changing light, perfect to visit in each season. It offers many differents specials views of the palace.

Tour the Grand Canal of Versailles is 5.5 km long. Walking takes about 1h/1h15, rollerblading 35/40 minutes and by bicycle 25 to 30 minutes. This quite flat path is accessible to stroller  and wheelchair occupants.

The Grand Canal of Versailles is the best place in the park to have a glance all the place. Its 23 hectares of water, 60 meters wide, it forms a cross of nearly 1700 meters in the east-west and 1000 in north-south direction. To full enjoy it, it’s better to hire a boat for an hour.

The park is daily open.
General schedules:
April to September: 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (for vehicles) and 8:30 p.m. for pedestrians.
October to  March: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

There are several gates to enter through  the park: from  Boulevard de la Reine, the entrance to the palace or the Saint Cyr road.
Admission to the palace park is free, unless you enter through the gardens (the section close to the palace where the various groves are located) on Musical Fountain days during high-season.
The price to enter by car is €5 per vehicle. There is car park beside the Grand Canal, at Little Venice.

Drink in Domain of Versailles

From April to October, you can find  Fresh-pressed orange juice  in the alleys of Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon, Saint-Antoine’s Gate.

Have an ice cream in Domain of Versailles

From April to October, you can have an ice cream (fruits sorbets) Grille de la Ménagerie, at the beginning of the Grand Canal when arriving from the Palace of Versailles.

1 cornet : €2,50 / 2 cornets : €4.

Eat in Domain of Versailles

In Domain of Versailles, you have few possibilities to eat, for every budget :

  1. Picnic
  2. Restaurants in Palace of Versailles
  3. Restaurants in Park and Gardens of Domain of Versailles
  4. Restaurant in Petit Trianon
  5. Restaurants in Versailles near Château de Versailles

French Mother, fan of art, gives you advice to prepare your best visit to Palace of Versailles.