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Lower Town (Basse-Ville)

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (Downtown Quebec City)
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Ranked #3 of 143 Attractions in Quebec City
Type: Neighborhoods, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: The location of the city's original settlement, historic Lower Town is situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence.
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Oxton, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Restorations were never like this. The lower town transports you back to the days it was first built. Vibrant, exciting, a must -see experience. The problem now it that the Upper Town, with its massive, uninteresting, terrace needs a completed re-think if it is to attract more visitors. That is why, even on a Holiday weekend the entertainers tins were... More

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

If you can get to Quebec City for the International Fireworks Festival, you won't regret it. With a half-hour long fireworks display each night over the quaint lower town and beautiful old city, it's great for anyone to enjoy. Note that the city fills up quickly!

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Unless you are staying in Lower Town, you will have to walk down and back up - but that is part of the experience. Once in Lower Town, there are great sites to see, more than an afternoon to fill. Shops (especially beautiful art), souvenirs, antiques, eateries, Place Royal, museums, the port, etc. This is definitely a must-see in Quebec... More

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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89 reviews 89 reviews
37 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Very charming area, lots of shops, a little hilly for those who have trouble getting around. We took a walking tour which was a very big help

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Burlington, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Quaint & European like. Many little bars and restaurants to stop at. The market has many delicious products. Easy to walk down. Take the funiculaire up.

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Florida, Uruguay
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130 reviews 130 reviews
24 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Great Shopping! We only came here on our last night, but it was great! We took the Funclinator down from the the Fairmont Hotel. There are many great restaurants and craft shops in this area. We ended up getting some great stone item s and wood carvings. Nice walk as well along the water. So glad we did this! :)

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Alexandria, Virginia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
40 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I walked around the lower town on a couple different occasions. It is beautiful in the evening and during the day. There were people dressed in period costume singing and playing instruments. Felt like a French version of Williamsburg

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Vero Beach, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We enjoyed the funicular ride in both directions. The old town was quaint, if a bit touristy. The narrow streets were full of tourists the day we visited.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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56 reviews 56 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Cobblestone lanes, interesting historical areas, sidewalk cafés and shops.....pleasant wandering and getting a bit lost. Can get crowded with visitors, especially in the afternoon.

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New Rochelle, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Loved the funicular to get there. Fun walking around the area. Took a boat trip on the St. Lawrence.

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