Evening Fountain Show in Versailles
4 avenue de Paris, 78000 Versailles
Capacity 1000 seats
2 hr 35 min
Open air show
Recommended for all ages, free for -6yo
Highlights: Evening Fountain Show in Versailles
The Four Seasons Fountains, The Fountains of the Fight of the Animals, Dragon Fountain, Neptune Fountain, Latona’s Fountain, Enceladus Grove, The Great Perspective, Apollo’s Fountain, The Grove of the Domes, Mirror Fountain, Colonnade Grove, Girandole and Dauphin’s Grove… Have you heard about these famous locations? If not, now is your time! Night and day, the Gardens of Versailles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-see. These famous French gardens and their fabulous fountains come to life and are adorned with thousands of colours! It’s almost as if each water fountain is competing to be the most beautiful… Luckily, you won’t have to decide!
Story: Evening Fountain Show in Versailles
Within the gardens of the opulent Palace of Versailles, a universe of colours and amazement awaits…embark on a unique 2.5-hour journey through this extraordinary space, wherein its ponds and groves are lit up for a series of spectacular evenings. A marvel of reflections, colours, and light, and undoubtedly the best way to discover the Château de Versailles and its magnificent grounds.
Since this show is outdoors, there is no maximum capacity. As such, we allow our customers to attend any session, regardless of which specific date they buy for. In order to purchase a ticket for the Night Fountains Show and The Royal Serenade, you will be asked to first select a date. Although you will have paid for a specific date, you will still have the opportunity to attend any of the performances.
Fountain Show Programme
From 8:30 p.m. to 10:50 p.m.: The Great Perspective
From 8:30 pm to 8:40 p.m.: The Triumphal Arc grove, the Ballroom grove, the Water Theatre grove, La Girandole, the Dauphin’s grove, the Fountains of the Four Seasons, the Mirror fountain, and the Parterre of the Orangery.
From 8:45 p.m. to 10:40 p.m.: The groves and basins of the Colonnade, the Enceladus, the Domes, and the Obelisk.
From 8:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: The Neptune basin 5 minutes, every 15 minutes.
From 10:50 p.m. to 11:05 p.m.: A fireworks display in front of the Grand Canal at Apollo’s Fountain brings the evening to a close.
— Exceptional evenings: on July 14th (Bastille Day) and August 15th (Nocturnes de feu).
— As the Grandes Eaux Nocturnes take place in the Gardens of Versailles, there is no limit of places.
— Neither single nor prestige tickets are dated. They are valid for the Saturday of your choice between June 10th and September 16th included, as well as July 14th and August 15th – whichever date is convenient for you!
The Gardens of the Château de Versailles
The Gardens of the Château de Versailles
830 hectares, around 200,000 trees, 210,000 flowers planted each year, 55 fountains, 620 water fountains, 35 kilometers of canalisation. These figures can make you dizzy they’re so large and impressive! The gardens of the Château de Versailles are a true masterpiece forged by the hands of André Le Nôtre, Louis XIV’s first gardener, and then by those of Jules Hardouin-Mansart from 1676. Today, the garden is classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site and bears the label Jardin Remarquable, and visitors come from all over the world to discover the famous gardens "à la française". This characteristic garden has trimmings and amenities, an expression of true classicism in the art of gardening. Come and admire this beautiful garden!
The greatest innovation of the French garden is the adoption of a layout structured around a grand central perspective. Its main characteristics include the geometry of its structure, the presence of a raised terrace that makes you want to sit and reflect on all of its surroundings; a perspective from the beautiful flats, fountains, and breathtaking water mirrors. Everything about this place embodies pleasure and discovery.
The fountains are adorned with sculptures that pour out water, and the groves provide small resting spaces decorated with marble statues. You will never tire of admiring the Bassin de Latone, the Bassin du Char d’Apollon, the Bosquet de la Salle de bal, the Bosquet de l’Encelade, the Bosquet des trois fontaines, the Miroir d’eau... and you will wonder if you are walking in the footsteps of the Roi Soleil and his courtiers. An exceptional garden requires an exceptional walk!
How do I get to the Gardens of the Château de Versailles?
The Gardens of the Château de Versailles are accessible by Line N from Paris Montparnasse station (direction Dreux, Mantes-la-Jolie, Rambouillet), SNCF trains arrive at Versailles Chantiers station, an 18-minute walk from the Château with signposted access. Last return: 12:30 a.m. From Paris Saint-Lazare station (direction Versailles Rive droite), SNCF trains arrive at Versailles Rive Droite station, a 17-minute walk from the Château with signposted access. Last return: 12:15 a.m. Our customer service can be contacted in case of difficulty from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
Can I get to the Château de Versailles by car?
Yes, when coming from Paris take the A13 motorway, exit Versailles Notre-Dame or take the A86 motorway, exit Versailles Centre. From 7 p.m. onwards, on the evenings of the Night Fountains, parking is free on the Place d'Armes. Be careful and plan to arrive very early.
What is included with the Prestige ticket?
The Prestige ticket entitles you to a dedicated parking lot accessible via the Queen's Gate from 7 p.m., direct access to the site via the Grille de Neptune from 7:45 p.m. and a free glass of champagne to enjoy before your visit.
Where is the entrance to the Gardens?
The Gardens are accessible via the Cour d'Honneur for the standard tickets or by The Queen's Gate (for Prestige tickets).
Can I take photos during the performance?
Yes, actually, we recommend you to take photos in order to seize your unique moment at the Night Fountains.
How should I dress?
As the Night Fountains show takes place outside, you should bring warm clothing and of course an umbrella just in case! We also recommend that you bring comfortable shoes and clothing.
Does the Night Fountains show take place in case of rain?
The Night Fountain show takes place outdoors and is held regardless of the weather conditions. We therefore advise you to check the weather for the date you have chosen and of course to bring an umbrella.
Is it a show for international tourists or for the French?
For both! For many years, the Gardens of the Château de Versailles have welcomed tourists from all over the world. The Night Fountains is a visual show. The Royal Serenade is a musical show with no dialogues.