Destination Europe

Visiting the Palace of Versailles with kids

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November 20, 2018

During our visit to La Croix du Vieux Pont with Al Fresco holidays in half term, we made the most of our week with visits to the City of Paris, Disneyland and Parc Asterix.
After three days of theme parks, we decided to finish the week with a little more culture by visiting the Palace of Versailles.
We weren’t keen on driving in Paris, but luckily the route to Versailles was fairly straight forward and avoided the city centre.
The roads around Versailles themselves are very quaint and there is a handy carpark directly outside the palace, costing €16 per day. What we weren’t expecting was the sheer size of the queue to enter the palace.
Queue palace of versailles
We hadn’t bought tickets in advance, which actually worked in our favour as the queue for tickets was much shorter and they gave you fast tracked access. We opted to buy Passport tickets which give you access to the whole Estate of Versailles, which cost €20 per person with kids getting in free.
Versailles Isaac
Once inside we collected our audio guides and headed into the palace for a self-guided tour.
Versailles
The audio guides were easy to use, with clear numbers in each section of the palace to ensure you were listening to the correct information. There was even a children’s guide for the kids, although you had to be 8 or over to use it, much to Sebby’s disappointment.
Audio Guide
The tour itself started off fairly quietly and we ambled from room to room, stopping to admire artwork that covered the walls and ceilings.
Palace of Versailles
Each room was more opulent than the next and the kids were fascinated by the huge beds and wondered how people actually managed to get in them………we decided on a small trampete in the end!
Kings bed
Items like the Kings bed were roped off, making it easy to take photo’s, but the further we got into the palace, the busier it became.
Hall of Mirrors
I was really looking forward to visiting the infamous Hall of Mirrors (Galerie des Glaces) which is a huge hall lined with more than 350 mirrors, but it was jam-packed with people.
Hall of Mirrors Versailles
It was still a very impressive room, but the kids hated being there as they were constantly being knocked or shoved out the way, so we had to make a fairly rapid exit.
Mirrors
The palace tour took us around an hour, but we sped through the latter stages of it as the kids were started to feel hemmed in.
Gallery
Thankfully, as soon as we were outside in the magnificent garden, the crowds disappeared and we could relax and explore at our own pace again.
Palace of Versailles Garden
Despite being the end of October when we visited, the gardens were immaculate, with something to explore around every corner.
Gardens
In fact, the gardens are a children’s paradise, with hidden treasures to find and stunning fountains throughout.
Fountains
We decided to walk it, but you can catch a land train or hire a golf buggy to take you around as the whole estate covers 2000 acres.
Hidden Garden
Sadly during our visit the fountains were not working, however we were treated to classical music from hidden speakers throughout the gardens.
Fountain
Visiting the Palace of Versailles was definitely worth it, but there were parts that we missed including the Petit Trianon, Grand Trianon, Marie-Antoinette’s Hamlet so if you are staying in the city longer, I would recommend a two-day ticket so you get to see it all.
Versailles
What it did give us was a real sense of French history and the kids have all been researching Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution since getting home.
Golden Gates
Would you like to visit the Palace of Versailles or do the crowds put you off?

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  1. Reply

    Treasure Every Moment

    November 20, 2018

    Oh wow what an incredible place to visit! I think I would still brave the crowds, but perhaps go early in the morning to avoid the bulk of them 🙂

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    nichola - Globalmouse

    November 20, 2018

    I’ve only ever been outside of the palace but how amazing is it inside? So decorated and opulent. I would love to visit, even with the crowds. I love your photos.

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    Stacie

    November 20, 2018

    I would love to take the kids to see the Palace of Versailles one day. It’s such a beautiful place and there’s so much learning opportunities.

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    Alexandra

    November 21, 2018

    This is definitely on my travel bucket list! A must see 🙂 Love your photos, and hope you all had an amazing time.

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    Christina

    November 21, 2018

    The memories in this trip are worth keeping! I love your pictures, and your kids are having so much fun I can tell that by looking at their faces.

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    fashionandstylepolice

    November 21, 2018

    Looks like a lovely place to visit. I am not a fan of crowds so it will be a quick pop in and out for us.

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    Donna Vallance

    November 21, 2018

    Oh my I am
    So jealous! This is on my bucket list! You have inspired me to get it sorted. It looks amazing. Will definitely get the two day ticket x

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    Mellissa Williams

    November 21, 2018

    I was thinking of visiting when I go to Disneyland Paris in January. It’s such an impressive palace and the detail inside is amazing. So opulent.The gardens are beautiful too.

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    Annick

    November 21, 2018

    i love visiting palaces/castles but seeing old royal beds always seem so creepy to me for some reason…

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    Kirsty

    November 21, 2018

    I’ve watched a lot of shows about the history of Versailles and I’ve always wanted to go and see the grandeur myself. It’s good that you were able to get tickets with fast passes on the day and for a good price as well. The audio headset would be very handy to have walking around.

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    November 21, 2018

    This really does look like an awesome place to visit with kids. We are thinking of heading to Paris in 2019 so we may take the trip to visit here too.

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    Tracey Kifford

    November 21, 2018

    The gardens look stunning. I don’t like crowded places, but I would love to visit … not sure if I’d enjoy it if it’s really busy though.

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    Joanna

    November 21, 2018

    It’s a bit disappointing when you visit a stunning location but you can’t really enjoy it because of the crowds of people. Versailles does look great otherwise.

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    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    November 21, 2018

    What a beautiful place, shame about the crowds. I would still love to go!

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    Cath - Passports and Adventures

    November 21, 2018

    I visited the Palace of Versaille when I was 14 but it was on a school tour and we didn’t have alot of time there. I’d love to go back and enjoy it for longer, maybe when our son is a bit older though.

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    Claire

    November 21, 2018

    Oh wow, I am loving all of your shots. Those look gorgeous. Especially that garden and all the architecture. This one is on my list, I’ll have to check it out soon!

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    Catherine Santiago Jose

    November 22, 2018

    I have never been there but I can say that it is a beautiful place by just seeing these stunning photos. I hope to explore this place someday!

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    Marianna Frances

    November 22, 2018

    What a truly amazing experience for your kiddo. I can only hope to be able to show my kids history like that one day.

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    Shar

    November 22, 2018

    Wow what a beautiful place to visit! I absolutely love all.of your pictures 🙂 I hope to visit here someday!

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    Priyanka

    November 22, 2018

    I also visited at a young age. There’s so much to see and appreciate for all ages!

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    Shannan P

    November 22, 2018

    I am so jealous of those who get to tour wonderful locations like this in Europe! I’m waiting for my bucket list trip so I can take my turn!

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    Amena - Fashionopolis

    November 22, 2018

    This is an amazing place to visit. I am sure the kids must have enjoyed themselves completely.
    ❤ Amena.

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    Preet

    November 22, 2018

    Wow this place looks incredible. There’s so much to do and see there! Looks like a brilliant place to take the whole family

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    Laura Dove

    November 22, 2018

    Oh wow this looks incredible!! I would so love to go back there with my family!

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    Rachael

    November 22, 2018

    Oh I have been here, it’s incredible isn’t it? Hard to avoid the crowds though, we went in the morning and it was a little quieter.

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    Stephanie

    November 22, 2018

    Wow what an impressive building, lovely you could take photos inside but I love the gardens the most. They look so peaceful and calm.

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    Annette, 3 Little Buttons

    November 23, 2018

    I really want to visit Palace of Versailles. It’s so steeped in history and those gardens! Your photos are stunning. It does look quite busy, but then, any attraction like this will be.

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    Pati

    November 23, 2018

    i think its so lovely to show the kids a bit of architecture and history we always do that

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    Daphne

    November 23, 2018

    As a mom, it is so great to see a travel post that includes activities for the kiddos. I will have to add this to my travel list because it looks so fun.

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    Claire Stokes

    November 23, 2018

    Wow! The building looks incredible inside – I’ve never been! Looks like such fun too!

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    Laura Schwormstedt

    November 24, 2018

    I’ve been to Paris a few times but have never had time to visit here properly and explore this wonderful place. So palatial and fascinating, what a great place for a family day out
    Laura x

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    Nati

    November 26, 2018

    wow! I didn’t know this option existed! I visited the Palace many years ago (before having children and honestly this kind of museums aren’t usually very attractive for young children. I will definitely stop there next tie we go to Paris.

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    Lebogang Xolo

    November 27, 2018

    That garden looks so beautiful. I’m glad the kids found some peace there.

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    Anosa

    December 6, 2018

    I have always wanted to visit the Palace of Versailles and it is still on my list of places to explore, thanks for this post.

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