During the Musical Fountains Show you can discover and enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the Château de Versailles gardens, of groves exceptionally open to the public and of its fountains playing to the tune of period music. For 350 years the success of the Fountains has never waned. It is your turn to discover or rediscover them, with friends or family.
The gardens were at the heart of King Louis XIV's attention and are world famous today. Already at the time of the King's reign, the Versailles groves were open air saloons secluded at the heart of the wooded parts of the garden. The court went there for a light meal, to listen to music or to dance. The King could satisfy his taste for gambling and theatre in these sites dedicated to entertainment and leisure. Decorated with fountains, vases and statues, these groves with their secret access bring fantasy and surprise within the Royal Garden. These green bowers are now exceptionally accessible for you to discover.
The talent of the 17th century fountain engineers and of their successors has always made the Musical Fountains Show an unforgettable and fairytale experience. The fountains play with multiple special effects and marble and metal gods, humans and animals seem to come to life for a few moments, for our greatest pleasure. When the fountains are playing, a ballet comes alive to enchant each and all.
Your royal stroll will unfold to the tunes of the greatest baroque composers from Lully to Charpentier or Rameau.
The music of the Musical Fountains Show
A new soundtrack will accompany the Musical Fountains Show since last year. Extracts from works selected in the Versailles-Alpha collection, conducted by the greatest baroque music specialists will accompany your visit. The Musical Fountains Show Record is available from Outhere-music.com.
Nouveauté 2018 : la mise en eau du bassin de Neptune !
The Neptune Fountain, the largest fountain of the gardens of Château de Versailles, display every fifteen minutes for a wonderful water show.
Le bassin de Latone © Thomas Garnier
Le bassin de Neptune © J. De Givry
Le bosquet de la Reine © Christophe Fouin
Le bassin du Dragon © Jean-Claude N'Diaye
Le bassin du Char d'Apollon © Christian Milet
Le bassin du Char d'Apollon © J. De Givry
Le bassin de Neptune © David Lheureux
Gardens of the Château de VersaillesMore info
Gardens of the Château de Versailles - Access map
The starting time (9 am) is the opening of the tickets desks and the groves. Your ticket is valid from 9 am until the closing of the groves.
GROUP RATE (7,75€) for 30+ tickets. Order by telephone at +33 (0)1 30 83 74 44 (line dedicated to groups, agencies and professionals) or on the spot at the ticket desk.
REDUCED RATE for 6-17 years old, students, invalidity card + 1 guide for invalidity card.
FREE for children 0-5 years old, Château de Versailles Spectacles loyalty card holders, 1 year in Versailles card and Duo card holders, and Friends of the Palace of Versailles card holders.
In case of any technical problem, the box office service remain available to complete your order by phone at +33 (0)1 40 83 78 89 (Monday-Friday from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm).
Paying access from 9 am to 7 pmAll Saturdays and Sundays, from March 31st to October 28th 2018.
All Tuesdays from May 22nd to June 26th 2018.
The Gardens close and are evacuated at 6 pm 30 and 31 March, and 5.30 pm 16, 23 and 30 June, 7, 14, 21 and 28 July, 4, 11, 18 and 25 August, 1, 8, 15 September and 28 October 2018.
Groves open from 9 am to 7 pm.
Musical displays from 10 am to 7 pm.
Friday March 30th 2018
Tuesday May 8th 2018
Thursay May 10th 2018
Wednesday August 15th 2018
Regarding Musical Fountains Shows, the drought plan has been activated, due to high temperatures, which have caused the drying up of the water reservoirs in Jardins de Versailles.
Fountains play in the morning:
• From 11 to 12 in the Grande Perspective
• From 11.15 to 11.45 in the Ballroom, Colonnade, Girandole groves and the Bacchus and Saturn pools.
Fountains play in the afternoon:
• From 3.30 to 4.30 pm: Three Fountains Grove, Pyramid, Sirens, Dragon and allée des Marmousets pools.
• From 3.30 to 5 pm: Encelade and Girandole groves
• From 4 to 5 pm: Grande Perspective
• From 5.20 to 5.30 pm: Neptune Fountain