I'm sure the Chateau de Versailles is fantastic... but we never got to even see the front door. Upon seeing the huge queue that obviously a many hour wait we immediately wanted to return our tickets... unfortunately no refunds allowed. Im sure there is legal implication here as I cant see how you can refuse a refund when you cant deliver what has been purchased.
Thankfully we took the advice of a local and headed into the gardens to see the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon and Marie-Antoinette’s estate. These were worth visiting so you could say we did get half our moneys worth. Although I'm sure after visiting the main Chateau you probably wont find these as interesting.
My recomendation would differ from most. Dont buy your ticket until you arrive so you can better judge what areas you wish to visit. The only time I would buy my ticket early would be if you know you will be there long before opening. There was no real queue for tickets on the day we were there and also you can get tickets at the tourist office only a short walk from that Chateau.
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