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Visiting Gatchina

Gatchina may not have the draw of the more famous Imperial Palaces at Peterhof and Tsarskoe Selo, but its rich history and relative desolation make it an easy and engaging place to explore. In summer, the park is extremely popular with locals for walks and picnics, while in winter the whole place looks particularly forlorn, but still very beautiful.

Visitors walking towards the Private Garden of the palace in Gatchina, royal estate south of St Petersburg, Russia
Visitors walking towards the Private Garden of the palace

Gatchina is located about 50km south of St. Petersburg, beyond Pushkin and Pavlovsk. The simplest way to reach the town is by marshrutka minibus from Moskovskaya (K-18), Kirovskiy Zavod (K-546), or Prospekt Veteranov (K-631) Metro Stations. Buses terminate next to Gatchina-Baltiskaya Station, which is directly opposite the main entrance to the Grand Palace. Suburban trains also run between there and Baltiskaya Station in St. Petersburg every 40 minutes, and the journey takes slightly less than an hour.

Address:1, Krasnoarmeysky Prospekt, Gatchina (town)
Phone:+7 (812) 958-0366
Open:June 15 to August 31: Daily, 10 am to 7 pm. Last admission is at 6 pm. Closed on July 7 and August 4. September 1 to June 14: Daily, 10 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm. Closed on Monday and the first Tuesday of each month.
Website:http://gatchinapalace.ru/en/

Grand Palace

Admission:RUB 300.00. Children: RUB 150.00. Audio-guide RUB 200.00
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Gatchina Park

Admission:Free
Accessibility note:Wheelchair access is available to the grounds of the park.

Prioratsky Palace

Admission:Adult: RUB 150.00 Children: RUB 70.00
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Pavilion of Venus

Open:May to October: daily, 10 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm
Admission:Adult: RUB 50.00 Children: RUB 20.00
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

White-birch House

Open:May to October: daily, 10 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm
Admission:Adult: RUB 50.00 Children: RUB 20.00
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Private Garden

Open:May to October: daily, 10 am to 6 pm. Last admission is at 5 pm.
Admission:Adult: RUB 50.00 Children: RUB 20.00
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.

Signal Tower

Admission:Adult: RUB 50.00 Children: RUB 20.00
Accessibility note:Sorry, this museum is not wheelchair accessible.
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