Versailles Destination Information
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Versailles is a town situated approximately 10 miles outside the French capital city of Paris. At various points in French history, it has been the unofficial capital of France, with the Kings of France ruling from there, even though Paris remained the official capital. Versailles is best known for its magnificent Palace, which is World Heritage Listed.
Chateau de Versailles
The Palace of Versailles dominates the area and is a former residence of the Kings of France. Originally a small royal hunting lodge, it is has been expanded by various French Kings to become the impressive structure that it is today.
One of the most well known parts of the Palace is the Hall of Mirrors. It is around 73 metres long and has large windows along one side, and large mirrors along the other side. This stunning room has been the scene of many important moments in history, including the signing of the Treaty of Versailles to end World War I.
Other areas open to the public include the King’s State Apartments, the Queen’s State Apartments, the Chapel, the Dauphin’s Apartment and the King’s Chamber.
Guided tours of the Palace are available, which take visitors to rooms which cannot be visited independently. These include the private apartments of both Louis XV and Louis XVI. The tour takes around 90 minutes.
The Chateau is not open on Mondays.
Visitors to the Palace should ensure that they leave enough time to explore the wonderful gardens that surround it, and are also part of the World Heritage listing. There are many different flora and fauna to be seen, but the highlight of the gardens are the numerous fountains. A good time to visit is when the Grandes Eaux display is occurring, when all the fountains are turned on.
Quartier Notre Dame
This old area of Versailles has many markets, including the Halles indoor market. There are many antique shops, particularly in the old Palais de Justice, along with a wide selection of cafes and restaurants.
Visitors to Versailles are able to take a day trip to the French capital with ease, as Versailles is linked by train to Paris. Major attractions in Paris include the Eiffel Tower, Montmatre, the Sacre Coeur and a boat trip on the River Seine.
How to get there
Versailles is only a short distance from Paris, and the airports at the capital are the closest to Versailles. Many airlines fly from the UK to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, with a flying time of around 1 hour. British Airways offers flights from London and Manchester, while bmi fly from airports including Liverpool, Bristol, Edinburgh and London Luton. Other airlines offering flights to Paris include Air France and bmibaby. The Eurostar also connects London and Paris by train.
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