Place Royale Tours

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The passing of centuries has had little impact on this cobbled 17th-century plaza, which has been at the center of Quebec City life since Samuel de Champlain founded the city in 1608. The Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, the oldest stone church in North America, still stands here, and the Fresque des Québécois mural can be seen nearby.
 
The Basics
With its cobbled surfaces and centuries-old stone-brick buildings, Place Royale’s film-set good looks make it one of Canada’s most charming squares. Almost all sightseeing tours of Old Quebec, whether done by foot or by bike, include Place Royale on their itinerary, alongside other historical city landmarks, such Place d’Armes, Chateau Frontenac, and the Plains of Abraham. Hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses also stop near the square.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • As the birthplace of New France, Place Royale is a must-see for history-buffs.
  • The ground at Place Royale is cobbled and uneven and is best suited to able-bodied travelers.
  • Allow some time to explore the boutiques dotting the square.
  • Bring a camera as the square makes for a picturesque backdrop.
 
How to Get There
Place Royale is located in Quebec’s Lower Town (Basse-Ville) and is just a short walk from Quebec City Ferry Terminal. To get there from the Gare du Palais train station, ride the number 1 or 11 buses.
 
When to Get There
Place Royale is located within Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From May through October, many tourists descend on this part of the city, often from cruise ships, and the square can get busy. If you want to photograph the square without the crowds, get there early in the day.
 
The Mural
North of the square just off Notre-Dame Street (Rue Notre-Dame) sits the large Fresque des Québécois mural, which covers the entire side of a 5-story building. The mural references the history of Quebec City, with some 30 notable figures included in it, among them former political leaders, artists, and writers.
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Address: 27 rue Notre-Dame, Old Lower Town, Quebec City, Canada
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Quebec City Sightseeing Tour

Explore the best of Quebec City on this guided, 2-hour sightseeing tour. Visit many of Quebec City’s top attractions — like Old Québec, Place Royale, Place d'Armes and the Plains of Abraham, to name just a few. Hop aboard a comfortable motor coach and get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site, with live commentary from a professional tour conductor.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Quebec City Shore Excursion: Grand Walking Tour of Quebec City

While docked at the Port of Québec, explore historic Old Québec City on this guided, 2-hour walking tour. Visit many of Québec City’s top attractions in the Upper and Lower Town districts — like the Fortifications of Québec, Citadelle of Québec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church and many more. Discover Québec City's history from 1608 to the present day and get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site, with educational and entertaining commentary from a professional tour conductor.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Quebec City Walking Tour

Explore historic Old Québec City on this guided, 2-hour walking tour. Visit many of Québec City’s top attractions in the Upper and Lower Town districts — like the Fortifications of Québec, Citadelle of Québec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church and many more. Discover Québec City's history from 1608 to the present day and get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site, with educational and entertaining commentary from a professional tour conductor.
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Combo Historical and Food Tour of the Old Quebec City

Quebec City is known for food and history, and this tour gives you an immersion in both worlds. Visit five top restaurants and up to eight historical sights as you take in the best of Quebec City. Combine a guided walking tour with a stop for an amuse-bouche, charcuterie platter, a flambé dish, farm-to-platter delicacies, and a little something sweet to end the evening.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Evening Gourmet Tour 5 Course Dinner in Quebec City

Immerse yourself in French-Canadian history and devour culinary delights on this 3-hour gourmet food tour of Québec City. Meet your guide in the center of Old Quebec and set out on foot to discover historic sights like St. John Gate, Québec City Hall, and Royale Square. Follow your guide to some of the city's top restaurants as you indulge in a five-course tasting menu that includes organic charcuterie, wine pairings, and a classic flambé prepared right at your table. Group size is limited to 10 for a more personal experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour: Quebec City Walking Tour

Explore historic Québec City on this private, guided, 2.5-hour walking tour. Enjoy personalized attention and discover Québec City's history from 1608 to the present day. Get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site, with educational and entertaining commentary from a professional tour conductor. Visit many of Québec City’s top attractions — like the Fortifications of Québec, Citadelle of Québec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, the Plains of Abraham, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and many more.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Christmas Magic in Old Quebec

Quebec City sparkles in the winter and comes to life during the festive Christmas season. On this tour you can experience the magic of Old Quebec during the holidays. As it will be cold out, you don’t want to wander aimlessly—your walking tour guide will take you to the best winter spots in the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Sample local Christmas produce and learn about the unique traditions of the city.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Explore the best of Quebec City on this narrated, hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Visit many of Quebec City’s top attractions — like Old Québec, Fortifications of Québec, Quartier Petit Champlain, Place Royale, Vieux-Port de Québec, to name just a few. Select the 1-day pass, then board at any of the 12 stops and get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site in customized fashion, with audio commentary in 10 different languages.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Walking Tour through Quebec City's History

Revisit Quebec’s fascinating history on this 2-hour small-group tour of Old Quebec City. A guide will meet you in period costume and lead you through 400 years of exciting history as you wander the only walled city in North America. Visit Place Royale, considered the birthplace of French civilization in North America, and see the magnificent Château Frontenac and the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec. A friendly local guide will lead you through the city, which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. This small-group tour ensures a more intimate experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Quebec Lower Town Historical Bike Tour

Get to know the best of Old Québec City on this guided, 2.5-hour bike tour. Enjoy a relaxing 8-mile (13-kilometer) ride around Old Québec's bike-friendly Lower Town district, learning about its history from 1608 to the present day. Get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site, with educational and entertaining commentary from the knowledgeable guide. Visit the popular Place-Royale, the Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site, the cobblestone streets of Petit Champlain and more while admiring the city’s natural beauty along the Saint-Charles River. Bike, helmet, water bottle and snacks are included.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Quebec City Shore Excursion: Private Walking Tour

While docked at the Port of Québec, explore historic Québec City on this private, guided, 2.5-hour walking tour. Enjoy personalized attention and discover Québec City's history from 1608 to the present day. Get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site, with educational and entertaining commentary from a professional tour conductor. Visit many of Québec City’s top attractions — like the Fortifications of Québec, Citadelle of Québec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, the Plains of Abraham, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and many more.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Historical Tasting Old Quebec Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in Quebec City, and sample its local flavors on this small-group walking tour of Old Quebec. Learn about the city’s history as you walk along the streets with your seasoned guide, discovering hidden treasures and three tasting stops. Round out your tour with a ride on the funicular for picturesque views.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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