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Come to visit the magnificent palace and stay to explore the historic town, whose elegant museums and cultural hotspots are just as fascinating.

Versailles is synonymous with the extravagant gilded palace bearing its name. Take the time to explore the rest of this interesting town.

Before the palace was built, Versailles was an ordinary small French village. As work got underway on the royal abode in the 17th century, the nearby town was given a makeover to mirror the palace’s opulent style. The old village was demolished to make room for the Notre-Dame and Saint-Louis districts, where large mansions and grand churches were installed.

Make your way through the stately Notre-Dame district, built at the order of Louis XIV. Highlights include the Théâtre Montansier, the Church of Notre-Dame and the Musée Lambinet. Look for the King's stables, home to the Academy of Equestrian Art and a carriage museum that houses the ostentatious royal carriages of the Versailles monarchs. While here, visit the bustling Notre-Dame Market complex to find fresh produce and snacks.

Don’t leave without visiting the Palace of Versailles. This glittering architectural masterpiece is the town’s star attraction. Next to the palace entrance lies La Cour des Senteurs, a courtyard lined with four perfume boutiques and a museum dedicated to the history of perfumery in Versailles. Step into nearby Potager du Roi, a famous garden that once grew produce for the royal kitchen. Walk along the lawns past fruits and vegetables cultivated using traditional techniques.

Before you visit, check the event listings at l’Opéra Royal de Versailles and book a ticket to see an opera production. This stunning Baroque venue was originally built to celebrate the wedding of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI.

Versailles is located about 13 miles (21 kilometers) outside Paris. Use a connecting train from Paris to Versailles Rive Gauche station or Versailles Rive Droite station. Both stations are a 15-minute walk from the palace. The palace is closed on Mondays and during major holidays. But even without the palace, there’s still enough here to give you a taste of the royal high life.

Where to stay in Versailles

Versailles which includes a city, a castle and heritage architecture

Notre-Dame

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area reviews)

Notre-Dame is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Palace of Versailles and Paris France Temple while in the area.

Notre-Dame
Versailles which includes a city, a castle and heritage architecture

Saint-Louis

5/5Exceptional!(20 area reviews)

Well liked for its historical sites and bars, you might stop by Palace of Versailles and Paris France Temple while you're exploring Saint-Louis and the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Saint-Louis
Porchefontaine, Versailles, Yvelines, France

Porchefontaine

Even though there aren't top sights in Porchefontaine, you can explore the larger area and take in top sights like Palace of Versailles. Jump on the metro at Versailles Porchefontaine Station to see more of the city.

Porchefontaine

Top hotels in Versailles

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Waldorf Astoria Versailles - Trianon Palace
Waldorf Astoria Versailles - Trianon Palace
5 out of 5
The price is £294 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep

This family-friendly Versailles hotel is located in the historical district, 0.6 mi (1 km) from Palace of Versailles, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Aquaboulevard ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)

"Staff and Service was excellent. During our stay, we visited the Palace of Versailles which is just a short walk. We also took advantage of the Gordon Ramsey restaurants, gym facilities and spa."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

Waldorf Astoria Versailles - Trianon Palace
ibis Versailles Château
ibis Versailles Château
3 out of 5
The price is £77 per night from 25 Sep to 26 Sep

Located in Saint-Louis, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Palace of Versailles and within 9 miles (15 km) of Bois de Boulogne and Stade Roland Garros. Malmaison ...

4/5Very Good! (11 reviews)
Typical Ibis

"Good location close to Palace and restaurants. Staff very helpful"…"

Reviewed on 6 Jun 2014

ibis Versailles Château
Hotel Le Versailles
Hotel Le Versailles
4 out of 5
The price is £86 per night from 22 Sep to 23 Sep

Located in Notre-Dame, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Palace of Versailles and within 6 miles (10 km) of Malmaison Castle and HEC Paris. Bois de Boulogne ...

4.1/5Very Good! (653 reviews)

"The location is pecfect as at a walking distance from the castle"…"

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2020

Hotel Le Versailles

Popular places to visit in Versailles

Palace of Versailles
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Palace of Versailles

4.5/5(361 reviews)

Find out about the history of Palace of Versailles, one of the top monuments in Versailles. Experience the fascinating museums and acclaimed art galleries in this vibrant area.

Château de Versailles Gardens & Park
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Château de Versailles Gardens & Park

5/5(12 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Versailles when you spend time at Château de Versailles Gardens & Park. Discover the fascinating museums in this vibrant area or seek out the local tours.

Grand Trianon
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Grand Trianon

5/5(1 review)

Learn about the local history of Versailles when you spend time at Grand Trianon. Visit the stunning cathedral and notable monuments in this vibrant area.

Petit Trianon
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Petit Trianon

Learn about the local history of Versailles when you spend time at Petit Trianon. Make time for the stunning cathedral and local tours in this vibrant area.

Potager du Roi
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Potager du Roi

You can learn about the history of Versailles with a stop at Potager du Roi. Visit the notable monuments and stunning cathedral in this vibrant area.

Hameau de la Reine
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Hameau de la Reine

You can learn about the history of Versailles with a trip to Hameau de la Reine. Experience the fascinating museums and acclaimed art galleries in this vibrant area.

Top things to do in Versailles

The Paris Pass®: 60+ Attractions and Tours
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The Paris Pass®: 60+ Attractions and Tours

£120
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Skip-the-Line Audio Guided Tour of Versailles with Roundtrip Transportation
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Skip-the-Line Audio Guided Tour of Versailles with Roundtrip Transportation

£61
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Versailles: Full Day Audio Guided Tour + Shuttle from Paris
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Versailles: Full Day Audio Guided Tour + Shuttle from Paris

£59
Per adult
Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace Guided Tour
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Skip-the-Line Versailles Palace Guided Tour

£39
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Paris to Palace of Versailles Roundtrip Shuttle Transfer
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Paris to Palace of Versailles Roundtrip Shuttle Transfer

£32
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Versailles Palace Entrance Ticket and Breakfast at Ore Restaurant
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Skip the Line: Versailles Palace Entrance Ticket and Breakfast at Ore Restaurant

£39
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Versailles

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Aug 2019

Pleasant town with lists of thing to see and do

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Aug 2019

The Palace Versailles is Amazing and Garden

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Aug 2019

We just about coped with the swarms of 1000s of tourists. The town is very nice and definitely should not be missed.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jun 2019

Very enjoyable visit. Great guide from dmc memories.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 May 2019

Be prepared to queue for the palace even with a ticket!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 May 2019

Give plenty time to visit the gardens. At least one day .

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