Parliament Building
Parliament Building
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Designed by Eugène-Étienne Taché, the Parliament Building is a monument to the glory of the women and men who marked the history of Québec and French America. Built between 1877 and 1886 in the architectural style of the Second Empire and inspired by the expansion of the Louvre in Paris, this unique structure was recognized as a Québec national historic monument in 1985. Its architecture and rich ornamentation illustrate the words engraved above the main entrance, “Je me souviens” (I remember), which later became Québec’s motto. Many species of trees, shrubs and plants representative of the wide variety of flora native to Québec can be observed when walking around the gardens surrounding the Parliament Building.
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  • Archie
    Glenmoore, Pennsylvania7,731 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour the parliament building for free
    This building has such classic architecture. It's right in front of a fountain. The pictures here are beautiful. We enjoyed the vegetable garden and flowers out front. You can go on a tour of the building during visiting hours. You need an id, i used my US driver's license. You go through security. You can join a guided tour in English. It was amazing to see the time capsule, the flag, rooms where the government functions.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 August 2023
  • AmarilisVos
    Jabbeke, Belgium2,481 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guided tour or self-guided tour
    We visited parliament on July 10. After the mandatory security check, you have the choice of a guided tour (French or English) or a self-guided tour. The guided tour takes you inside the House of Representatives. On the self-guided tour you will see the House of Representatives from the public seats. There are several exhibitions to visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • subramanian_ravi
    Connecticut35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand building and cool history
    We took the free 1 hour English tour on a weekday. They are really welcoming to tourists and provide a good overview of Quebec's history from past to present...and based on the group's questions you can learn more about the present day civic situation and politics etc....I am a fan of historical buildings and I liked it very much. There is also a cafeteria which is open to the public from 12 noon.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
  • roaming_kiwi58
    Christchurch, New Zealand2,816 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive parliament buildings.
    For the Parliament Buildings there were no guided tours available in the time we were staying in Quebec, so we did a free self guided tour. You need ID (we used our passports) and they issue you a visitor card with your name on before you can go in. You can wander through on your own and are allowed to take photos. There is some impressive stained glass, and of course the legislative rooms are of interest. Worth a visit while in Quebec.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 October 2023
  • Foodange
    Manchester, United Kingdom4,093 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Building
    Didn’t go inside (weren’t sure if we could) but very impressive from the front, even in the rain. A plaque explained the origin of the ‘Je me souviens’ on all Quebec licence plates. Picked some herbs from the beds to enhance our home-made supper later.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 October 2023
  • JanS1750
    Northampton, United Kingdom170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A free visit which is so interesting.
    A wonderful tour around the Quebec Parliament with such a knowledgeable guide in Marie-Pierre. She knew so much of the history of both Quebec and the building. An interesting mix of people on this English speaking tour, many of whom came away knowledgeable about the system of Government. I’m British so understood the vagaries! The building is magnificent- the guide was able to tell us why such bits of decoration had been used. And it’s free, just book online.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 October 2023
  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia49,991 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing building
    The Parliament in Quebec was built in the second half of the 19th century in the architectural style of the Second Empire. The Louvre in Paris was the inspiration for its design. It is an amazing building. It's quite beautiful both inside as well as outside. After going through a brief security check by some very friendly staff we were free to walk around in most areas of the building and enjoyed our time there.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 October 2023
  • Pulkit Kumar
    Toronto, Canada18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very beautiful historic building
    Wow, It is really amazing. The most beautiful parliament building ever. We started with security, and then free coat check, found a guide book, which was in english, which told us, where to go, and the importance of each room and all. Then we went through interactive area, which was fun. Then we went to library, which is really beautiful, with books on laws and stuff, and below the library, they had some books on display, which were almost burned, and recent magazines. Then we went to see, the chambers, which are really really beautiful. I was only able to see the blue room, and red room was not ready, I guess. The whole experience was really wonderful. The lady at gift shop was wonderful, and we bought french cap, and a beautiful owl. Hopefully this ups my luck value ++ :)
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 March 2024
  • TheLeongOhana
    United States7,517 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Self Guided Tour
    The Parliament Building was very accessible to visitors as long as one brought their official ID and go through security. There was a free coat check and we grabbed our official tour book from the rack on the opposite side. Only French language tours were available the day of our visit. Some of the highlights we liked from the tour were the following Blue Room - I had to turn off my cellphone before being allowed inside. Le Parlementairo - formal dining room with a beautiful stained glass tunnel entrance Ocular - in the basement with a view up Library The Red Room was closed for renovations and the guard could not give a timeline. Politics was not my favorite subject but the exhibits did a good job in explaining Quebec’s system and comparing it to other countries like the US, France and UK. We learned a lot during our time on site so well worth a visit. We spent almost one hour inside.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 April 2024
  • nancym290
    278 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    interesting and informative guided tour
    We took a guided tour in English. We signed up online the day before. Be sure to leave at least the 30 min early arrival they recommend due to security, etc. The guide was interesting and informative. We learned a lot about provincial government in Quebec. The building was impressive. I love the way they keep all pieces of their history for future generations. A good take.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 June 2024
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toddlerpants
Droitwich, UK946 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
There appeared to be some construction here as there was in a lot of places we visited across Canada. I think that this is because the winters are so cold that they cause damage to concrete and repairs, construction id better taking place during the summer.
Nevertheless this building is another impressive sight. It has symmetry and we viewed it on a sunny afternoon
Written 13 July 2020
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,816 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
For the Parliament Buildings there were no guided tours available in the time we were staying in Quebec, so we did a free self guided tour. You need ID (we used our passports) and they issue you a visitor card with your name on before you can go in.
You can wander through on your own and are allowed to take photos. There is some impressive stained glass, and of course the legislative rooms are of interest.
Worth a visit while in Quebec.
Written 6 October 2023
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769jeanettec
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We hadn't planned to visit the Parliament Building but decided to take one of the free English language tours. Are we ever glad that we did as it is one of the highlights of our 4 days here in Quebec City.

The tour started at 10 a.m. (there are other times available) and ended promptly at 11 a.m. We arrived 30 minutes ahead of time (as requested on the ticket) to go through security (similar to the airport). You'll need a piece of photo ID to be admitted.

Our tour guide was cheerful, interesting and answered all of our questions easily. We were impressed with the beautiful new, visitors part of the building. After the tour was over, we stopped into the library. WOW! It was beautiful and impressive with a very interesting feature on women in Quebec politics. We also visited the gift shop which had some neat items in it. The staff there were very helpful and friendly.

We noticed a number of people doing the "self-guided" tour. There are booklets available in English and French to guide you if you choose this option.

The four of us were very impressed with the parliament buildings, tour, library and gift shop and highly recommend it if you have the time to visit the location. There is also a restaurant that serves excellent meals in a lovely dining room.
Written 20 June 2024
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GuySeabrook
Seabrook Island, SC331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
We did a tour of both the gardens and the interior; both were conducted by knowledgeable guides who were really good at connecting with their tourists. It turned out that the garden tour focused mainly on the statues, of which there are many. Quebec City loves its statues! The interior tour took us through the main building and into the lower house- the Senate chamber is closed for renovation. Our guide, Catherine, had been a page in the building for the past year so really knew what she was talking about!
Written 15 August 2022
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia49,991 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The Parliament in Quebec was built in the second half of the 19th century in the architectural style of the Second Empire. The Louvre in Paris was the inspiration for its design. It is an amazing building. It's quite beautiful both inside as well as outside. After going through a brief security check by some very friendly staff we were free to walk around in most areas of the building and enjoyed our time there.
Written 20 October 2023
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Harvey M
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The visitor center is new since 2019 and architectural designed very well in preserving the historic context of the building. Make your reservations online the day before and it is free. We missed the lunch time for the Parliament restaurant which closes at 2pm but the menu looked good and the dining room setting was beautiful. Lots of history and great to see where the Quebec government is run.
Written 30 November 2022
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nancym290
Weymouth278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We took a guided tour in English. We signed up online the day before. Be sure to leave at least the 30 min early arrival they recommend due to security, etc.
The guide was interesting and informative. We learned a lot about provincial government in Quebec. The building was impressive. I love the way they keep all pieces of their history for future generations. A good take.
Written 1 June 2024
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TheLeongOhana
United States7,517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Parliament Building was very accessible to visitors as long as one brought their official ID and go through security.

There was a free coat check and we grabbed our official tour book from the rack on the opposite side. Only French language tours were available the day of our visit.

Some of the highlights we liked from the tour were the following

Blue Room - I had to turn off my cellphone before being allowed inside.
Le Parlementairo - formal dining room with a beautiful stained glass tunnel entrance
Ocular - in the basement with a view up
Library

The Red Room was closed for renovations and the guard could not give a timeline.

Politics was not my favorite subject but the exhibits did a good job in explaining Quebec’s system and comparing it to other countries like the US, France and UK.

We learned a lot during our time on site so well worth a visit. We spent almost one hour inside.
Written 19 April 2024
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,897 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The legislature for the province, is a 19th c building done in Louis XIV style. It is situated just outside the city walls. Its architect was inspired by the Louvre Museum in Paris. Homage is paid to many heroes of the province—Champlain, Cartier, Maisonneuve among them—with exterior statues. Ornate flower gardens surround much of the building. The beautiful Tournay Fountain is in front of the complex. It is open for visitors on guided tours.
Written 19 August 2022
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subramanian_ravi
Connecticut35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We took the free 1 hour English tour on a weekday. They are really welcoming to tourists and provide a good overview of Quebec's history from past to present...and based on the group's questions you can learn more about the present day civic situation and politics etc....I am a fan of historical buildings and I liked it very much. There is also a cafeteria which is open to the public from 12 noon.
Written 21 August 2023
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