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Separate Entrance to the Queen's Hamlet?

Awhile back, I believe I read that, at one point, there was a separate entrance to the Queen's Hamlet - at Versailles.

Does anyone have any knowledge as to whether this entrance still exists?

Many thanks!

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Not sure what you mean by separate entrance. Separate from the chateau or separate from the rest of the Trianon complex? You can enter the versailles estate via the Queens gate (daily) and the St Anthony gate (only on weekends). It's free on foot but they charge for cars. As far as I'm aware you still have to buy a ticket at the Trianon complex for 12 euros.

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Yes, I realize that I need to purchase a ticket - the Queen’s gate is what I remember being mentioned - this is a different entrance from the main entrance? And, we access it from the town of Versailles?

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I went through the entrance of Le Petit Trianon for the Queen’s Hamlet, was in 2015 and is likely still the case. Most of the garden / park is free, except if something happens like the fountains shows a part will be not. From Versailles you can can go through gates at the north, east and south side of the estate. Actually you buy tickets for getting into the buildings and gardens belonging to the Grand and Petit Trianon. Can’t say if you have to buy a seperate ticket there as mine was all-in.

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Yes, the Queens gate is different from the gate you generally go into for a chateaux tour. From town you walk down boulevard de la Reine. It's a tree lined road with sidewalks on both sides. Just past the Waldorf-Astoria hotel there is a pedestrian gate on that side of the road. Still a fairly long walk to the Trianon.

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Yay!

This is what I was hoping

Is there a security line at the gate - I would presume that I would need to purchase one ticket to see the Hamlet and not the passport ..

Thank you!

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I've been there on weekends and never had much of a line for pedestrians at the gate. Cars can be backed up though. When you get to the Trianon complex you can buy just a ticket for the 2 Trianon palaces and the hamlet for 12 euros. There may be a security check there.

Here is the official website which is very useful though it takes a bit to learn how to use
https://en.chateauversailles.fr/

Also there is now a very nice audio app for Versailles. I'd recommend downloading before leaving home while you have fast, secure wifi. We used it last year to tour the chateau and gardens.

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So you don’t have to prebook tickets and a time slot - even better!

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There is a gate right at the back of the Hamlet where there is a one lane road (service road?) but it has been closed for many years now. We used to rent bikes and go that way to the Hamlet, it was way more convenient than going inside the Petit Trianon and walking from there, although it is a very lovely walk.

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We've never prebooked. It's not as well visited as the chateau. Do watch the times as it doesn't open on the same schedule as the chateau.

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I was there on Wednesday, 5/18. The entrance for the Hamlet is thru the Petit Trianon, walking the trails behind it down to the Hamlet. We did the Petit Trianon and the Hamlet in the morning (around 11 am) and there were only about 10-15 people total at either. Walking thru the Hamlet, it was very peaceful and you felt like you were the only ones there. Did the Grand Trianon next which was more crowded and then had a picnic along the far end of the Grand Canal, again feeling very relaxed and spacious. Went to the Palace last (around 3 pm). It was still crowded, but not the shoulder to shoulder throng that you would experience in the mornings.

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Thanks, Tammy. My husband and I plan to visit Versailles in the same order when we are there next month. Nice to know we can go directly to the Queen's hamlet. We have reserved timed entry to the chateau at 4 p.m. Is there a security and entry line on the side facing the gardens, or will we have to make our way around to the main entrance? (I'm still trying to get my head around the distances involved with visiting everything there. It's so big!)

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mah klassen - Each area (Palace, Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon) has it's own security and entry line where they check your bags and scan your ticket. At the Palace, there may be multiple entry points but I only saw the main one going thru the front gate at the entrance. Since it was later in the afternoon when we went in, the line was not very long and it didn't take more than 10-15 minutes to enter the building. And yes, the grounds are huge! Wear comfortable shoes for lots of walking.