Gardens of the Palace of Versailles; a formal French garden

Photo of Gardens of the Palace of Versailles

The Chateau de Versailles with its magnificent gardens is in Versailles on the western edge of Paris.

Visit the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles

One of the largest gardens ever made the gardens of the Palace of Versailles are laid out on an enormous scale. The gardens are a superb example of French-Style formal gardens.

Designed by Le Notre the canals and fountains and water features are a key feature of the gardens. With 372 statues, 55 water features, 600 fountains and 35km of canals you can't help but be impressed.

Plan of the Gardens of Versailles

The garden covers 800 hectares which includes 300 hectares of forest and two  'French' gardens, the 'Petit Parc' and the 'Trianon'

This is the formal French-style of gardening at its best. Everything is impeccably kept. The massive number of topiaries are all clipped into immaculate shapes and the sheer splendour is amazing. This is a garden that was designed to impress and it certainly does.

The Chateau de Versailles

Of course whilst you are at the gardens you can't miss a visit to the Chateau de Versailles which is one of the most important, and beautiful, buildings in France. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Indeed the gardens were designed to be seen from inside the Chateau in order to really admire the patterns and symmetry.

The Chateau de Versailles began life as the hunting lodge of Louis XIII but was massively expanded and transformed by his son Louis XIV who also ordered the gardens to be designed and laid out. The Hall of Mirrors is perhaps the most famous of all the rooms in the chateau and is the most ostentatious display of wealth and power in a chateau built as a showcase of wealth and power.

The French court was moved here in 1682 and stayed until the French Revolution in 1789.

Chateau de Versailles Garden Guide

The gardens of the Palace of Versailles are in the Paris suburb of Versailles about 20km southwest of the centre of Paris.

The garden is open every day from 8.00 to 20.00. The palace though is closed on Mondays and the Trianon Palace and Marie-Antoinette's Estate are only open in afternoons (not Monday).

Address: Chateau de Versailles, 78000 Versailles

Tel: 01 30 84 74 00

Gardens to Visit Nearby

The Jardin Albert Kahn makes for an interesting contrast with its Japanese-style garden and English-style garden.

Gardens near Gardens of the Palace of Versailles

Selected gardens to visit near Gardens of the Palace of Versailles, France