Holidays in Place Royale

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The foundations for Québec were laid where a bustling square now stands. Visit museums, cafés and one of the oldest churches in North America.

Québec’s first foundations were laid where the famous Place-Royale now stands. Today buildings that date back to the 17th and 18th centuries surround the cobblestone square, but the history of the area goes back much earlier. The first French settlement in America began here in 1608.

Place-Royale was the hub of daily and business life in Québec city for more than two centuries. Markets were held, business deals were made and prisoners were even executed here until the 1880s, when the buildings in the square deteriorated and activity moved elsewhere. Many of the structures were restored between the 1960s and 1980s.

The plaza was named in honour of King Louis XIV and a bust of the French royal decorates the square. What you see today is a 1920s replica of the original bronze statue that was removed in 1700 and then went missing.

The Church Notre-Dame-des-Victoires is the most prominent building in the Place-Royale. It was built on top of the very first settlement in Québec and houses beautiful artworks and an impressive altar that’s shaped like a fortress.

Visit the Centre d’interprétation de Place-Royale. The centre is run by the Museum of Civilization and lies on the site of an archaeological dig. See 5,000-year-old artefacts and watch a 3-D movie about the city’s founder, Samuel de Champlain.

Behind the plaza along the Rue du Marché-Champlain lies the Chevalier House, once known as The London Coffee House. The former inn hosted merchants and naval officers that passed through the busy port. Today, the 18th-century building houses a free museum with artefacts from the Museum of Civilization and displays about Québec’s architecture.

Stop in one of the many cosy cafés and restaurants that line the narrow cobblestone streets that lead off from the square.

Place-Royale lies in the Lower Town, not far from the Old Port and cable railway. Buses service the area and there is parking nearby for a fee.

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Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
3 out of 5
1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec, QC
The price is AU$141 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 Oct.
Located in Centre-Ville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Quebec City Convention Center and Citadelle of Quebec. Quebec City Town Hall and Quebec Cruise ...
3.9/5 Good! (3,972 reviews)
"The hotel was very nice; yet, the it is not the amenities but the wonderful people at the hotel that made us felt very welcomed and comfortable. Andrea at the Reception Desk was very supportive and accommodating during out check-in time. All our requests were followed up on timely manner. The staff ..."

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2021

Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
4.5 out of 5
1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC
The price is AU$258 per night from 17 Nov. to 17 Nov.
Located in the city centre, this ski-in/ski-out hotel in Old Quebec is within a 10-minute walk of Quebec City Town Hall and Quebec Cruise Terminal, and close ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (2,009 reviews)
"Staff and ambiance."

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2021

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Hotel Port Royal
Hotel Port Royal
4 out of 5
144, rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec, QC
The price is AU$198 per night from 17 Nov. to 17 Nov.
Located in Old Quebec, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Port Quebec City and Place Royale. Quebec City Town Hall and Quebec City Convention ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,396 reviews)
"great location"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2021

Hotel Port Royal
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Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
3 out of 5
1225 Cours du General de Montcalm, Quebec, QC
The price is AU$141 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 Oct.
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
4.5 out of 5
1 rue des Carrieres, Quebec, QC
The price is AU$258 per night from 17 Nov. to 17 Nov.
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Hotel Port Royal
Hotel Port Royal
4 out of 5
144, rue Saint-Pierre, Quebec, QC
The price is AU$198 per night from 17 Nov. to 17 Nov.
Hotel Port Royal
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
4 out of 5
775 Honoré-Mercier Ave, Quebec, QC
The price is AU$198 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 Oct.
Hôtel Palace Royal centre-ville
Auberge Saint-Pierre
Auberge Saint-Pierre
4 out of 5
79, rue St-Pierre, Quebec, QC
The price is AU$175 per night from 17 Nov. to 17 Nov.
Auberge Saint-Pierre
Hotel Acadia
Hotel Acadia
3 out of 5
43 Rue Sainte-ursule, Quebec, QC
The price is AU$145 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Hotel Acadia
Hotel Clarendon
Hotel Clarendon
3.5 out of 5
57 rue Sainte-Anne, Quebec, QC
The price is AU$193 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Hotel Clarendon
Hotel 71 by Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Hotel 71 by Preferred Hotels & Resorts
4.5 out of 5
71, Saint-Pierre street, Quebec, QC
The price is AU$271 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Hotel 71 by Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Hotel Manoir Victoria
Hotel Manoir Victoria
4 out of 5
44, Cote du Palais, Quebec, QC
The price is AU$198 per night from 17 Nov. to 17 Nov.
Hotel Manoir Victoria
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