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A walk in Marie-Antoinette's estate in Versailles

A walk inside the estate of Marie-Antoinette in the gardens of the Chateau of Versailles.

The estate of the Palace of Versailles is immense and must be visited in several parts. In this visit we will focus on the domain of Marie-Antoinette, which consists of the Petit and Grand Trianon, a park and the famous Queen's hamlet. The most enduring will be able to reach the main castle but the distances are important. This part of the castle is already very large and is sufficient on its own.

The starting point is at the St. Antoine Gate, which is not the main entrance to the castle but is the closest entrance to Marie-Antoinette's estate. There is a small car park before the entrance (free on Sundays). You can also enter the park with your car and park even closer (6 E per car). Bicycles can be rented to move around the park more quickly (6.5 E/h), there is a bicycle point right next to the entrance gate.

The entrance to the park of Versailles is free and many Versailles residents jog in the park, but the access to the domain of Marie-Antoinette is not free (10 E). Beware of the opening hours, the domain is accessible from 12 am.

To finish, remember to prepare your visit well because the park is large, you should not want to see everything in one day.

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Duration: 4 h.

The plan of the park

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The plan of the park
Marie-Antoinette's estate is located within the grounds of the Château de Versailles. They had small castles built next to the big castle to have fun on weekends! You can enter the park of the castle for free but you have to pay to enter the domain of Marie-Antoinette and its park. Next to the entrance there is a bicycle rental point. To get around, there are also shuttle buses within the park.

The entrance to Marie-Antoinette's estate

The whole area is fenced and there are not many entry points. You can also buy your ticket and access the park from the Grand and Petit Trianon. The ticket gives access to the interior of the castles of Marie-Antoinette's estate.

The Queen's Hamlet

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The Queen's Hamlet
The Queen's Hamlet is made up of a group of houses which form a small Norman peasant village with its thatched roofs. The Queen used to come by from time to time to play at being a farmer, the animals were washed for the occasion.

Marlborough Tower

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Marlborough Tower
The Malborough tower is a kind of lighthouse which was not very useful but added a nice touch to this somewhat fake setting. The interior of the houses cannot be visited. Vegetables are still grown in the gardens.

The Little Trianon

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The Little Trianon
The Petit Trianon was a gift from Louis XVI to his wife Marie-Antoinette. It was built under Louis XV. Marie Antoinette liked to retire here to get away from the court. The queen gave many parties in the castle.

The Petit Trianon seen from the gardens

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The Petit Trianon seen from the gardens
Next to this French garden is a charming little theatre where the queen herself used to perform. The French Pavilion, a sort of large octagonal salon, is also located in this garden.

The English Garden

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The English Garden
You have to take the time to walk around and visit. The park is so large that you can quickly find yourself out of the crowd.

Le Grand Trianon

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Le Grand Trianon
The Grand Trianon is older than the Petit Trianon, it was built under Louis XIV. It was meant to be a place of relaxation to get away from the pomp of Versailles. It was more or less abandoned thereafter. Napoleon had it restored.

Louis-Philippe's family room

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Louis-Philippe's family room
This place was the bedroom of Louis XIV before being transformed under the First Empire by Napoleon. The costumes are a temporary exhibition.

The Saint-Antoine alley

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The Saint-Antoine alley
A long, very straight driveway that runs along Marie-Antoinette's estate. This is the fastest way to get back to the car.

The Grand Trianon - main entrance

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The Grand Trianon - main entrance
The other name of the Grand Trianon is the Marble Trianon, which is easy to understand.

Small dining room

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Small dining room
The interior of the Petit Trianon can be visited quite quickly (a quarter of an hour), it is not very large. You can visit the queen's room. The Grand and Petit Trianon were in fact only secondary residences intended for relaxation, they are a little less luxurious than the main castle. It is still very majestic for a country house!

Le Grand Canal

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Le Grand Canal
For those who want to walk a bit more, they can go to the Grand Canal. There you can find some food and a bit of boating. In the background you can see the Palace of Versailles, which is still at a respectable distance. Be careful if you park on the big parking lot in front of the castle you will have to walk a lot to get to Marie-Antoinette's estate.

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