We were there in July (Wednesday) and it was terrible! Not the palace itself of course but the crowd! Half an hour waiting in a queue outside, then another queue to buy tickets and finally... yes, one more queue to get through control. Then we (willingly) added 10 mins waiting for the guide (instead going independently). More than 1 hour in total.
Then we were towed through all the magnificent halls by a very tired guide (we waited till afternoon hoping for the crowd to disperse a bit) within just 30 mins surrounded by other groups humming constantly around us. It was like in a mall during bargain sale.
Do not take me wrong: the palace is really magnificent - there is a lot of gold, amber, marble and expensive wood around and when you add Peterhof, Winter Palace and other near tzar's residences (Oranienbaum, Strelnya...) to it you will easily understand why the bolshevik revolution broke out and succeded in Russia and not somewhere else. But to appreciate it you need to visit in in spring or autum as we were told by the ticket-office clerk.
The park on the other hand is relatively quiet and really nice to visit. The same with "Agate rooms" - new exhibition of private tzarina's Catherine II wing.
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