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, Pennsylvania7,347 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 August 12, 2023
  • AmarilisVos
    Jabbeke, Belgium2,297 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 August 18, 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 August 21, 2023
  • roaming_kiwi58
    Christchurch, New Zealand2,817 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 October 5, 2023
  • Foodange
    Manchester, United Kingdom3,910 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 October 10, 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 October 13, 2023
  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia49,058 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 October 20, 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 March 30, 2024
  • TheLeongOhana
    United States7,455 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 April 19, 2024
  • nancym290
    279 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 June 1, 2024
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Alex H
Huddersfield, UK342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Really informative introduction to the governance of the province.

The guide was both knowledgeable and passionate.

Amazing access within the parliament building including the lower chamber and library.

Super architecture and interior features enhance the visit.
Written June 7, 2024
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nancym290
Weymouth279 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 June 1, 2024
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Peter G
Sydney, Australia2,056 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We booked the free self guided tour online as there were no English tours available. This is a bit of a theme. All the signs are in French with no English translations. The self guide books had many copies available in French but we got the only English one.

Putting that aside, it’s worth doing. Be prepared for an airport style security check at the entrance and you will need photo ID. After that, pick up a free guidebook (that you need to return) on your right just after the coat check room.

It does a pretty good job of explaining things but there are a few errors and missed directions. Nothing major because the staff everywhere will help you and they are universally super friendly.

You probably need to book the restaurant in advance - it looks very nice, but there is a hidden cafeteria immediately below it.

All-in-all, well worth a visit.
Written May 31, 2024
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Fran Rooney
Asbury Park, NJ15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very enjoyable visit. Self guided tour quite thorough. We were not able to see the chambers but the building itself was an amazing feat. Bonjour!
Written May 22, 2024
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TheLeongOhana
United States7,455 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 April 19, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Pulkit Kumar
Toronto, Canada18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
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 ++ :)
Written March 30, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia49,058 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 October 20, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JanS1750
Northampton, UK170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
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.
Written October 13, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Foodange
Manchester, UK3,910 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
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.
Written October 10, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,817 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 October 6, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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