The Musical Fountains Show

From 31 March to 28 October 2018

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.


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


The Neptune Fountain, the largest fountain of the gardens of Château de Versailles, display every fifteen minutes for a wonderful water show. 




On summer Saturdays, we offer the possibility of coupling your visit of the Musical Fountains Show with a visit of the Château de Versailles Grand Apartments, with baroque musicians and dancers.

The Royal Serenade in the Hall of Mirrors

Versailles, the magic of water



Paying access from 9am to 7pm

The Gardens close and are evacuated at 6pm 30 and 31 March, and 5.30pm 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 9am to 7pm.
Musical displays from 10am to 7pm.

Mirror Fountain: water display every 10 minutes from 10am to 7pm.
The Neptune Fountain: water display every 15 minutes from 10am to 17pm then from 5:45pm to 7pm (Weekends & Public holidays) and 10am to 7pm (Tuesdays and Friday 30 March). 
Water Theater Grove: water display from 10am to 7pm.
Weekends & Public holidays: water displays from 11am to noon and from 3:30pm to 5pm.
Final (historical water display) at the Neptune Fountain from 5:20 to 5:30 (no historical water display on Tuesdays).

Family, Outdoors