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  • Address: 27 rue Notre-Dame, Old Lower Town, Quebec City, Canada

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Place Royale Tours

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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Quebec City Sightseeing Tour, Quebec City, null
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Quebec City Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 577 Reviews

Experience the highlights of Quebec City on a sightseeing tour with a friendly, knowledgeable guide. Soak up the French charm of Old Quebec and be enchanted ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.76
Quebec City Walking Tour, Quebec City, City Tours
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Quebec City Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 546 Reviews

Experience the period charm of Old Quebec on a two-hour guided walking tour of this historic city's many highlights. This leisurely paced, downhill walking ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $24.17
Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Quebec City, City Tours
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Quebec City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 254 Reviews

Quebec City’s most noteworthy sights are all mapped out for you to explore at your own pace with this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Enjoy great views and ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $32.25
Private Tour: Quebec City Walking Tour, Quebec City, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Private Tour: Quebec City Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 134 Reviews

One of the best ways to experience all of the charming sites of Quebec City is by foot. On this 2.5-hour private walking tour, visit Place d’Hôtel de ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $20.06
Walking Tour through Quebec City's History, Quebec City, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Walking Tour through Quebec City's History

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Travel back four centuries in time to the colony of New France as you tour Old Quebec City with your “cicerone,” or guide dressed in period costume. Experience ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $24.96
Quebec Lower Town Historical Bike Tour, Quebec City, Walking Tours
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Quebec Lower Town Historical Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 25 Reviews

Pedal along the bike-friendly streets of Old Quebec’s Lower Town on an easy 2.5-hour guided bike tour. A knowledgeable guide steers you toward the district's ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.45
Historical Tasting Old Quebec Walking Tour, Quebec City, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Historical Tasting Old Quebec Walking Tour

Enjoy this 2.5-hour small group walking tour in Old Quebec, with a professional guide interpreting an authentic character of New-France. Immerse yourself in ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.55
Old Montreal Private Walking Tour, Montreal, City Tours
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Old Montreal Private Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Find out more about all the eras that shaped Montreal with a private 2-hour walking tour. With your local guide, learn the city's history, from the foundation ...  Read more

Location: Montreal, Canada
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.88
Christmas Magic in Old Quebec, Quebec City, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Christmas Magic in Old Quebec

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Experience Quebec's festive holiday traditions on a Christmas Magic tour in Old Quebec. Enjoy a picturesque two hours where you will be shown the sights by an ...  Read more

Location: Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $27.30

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