La Citadelle de Québec
La Citadelle de Québec
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
National Historic Site and active military base, the Citadelle welcomes you with its guided tours and access to the Musée Royal 22e Régiment. Located on the highest natural point in Quebec City, the Citadelle allows you to enjoy spectacular views on the town and the Saint Lawrence River. Discover the fortress of Old Quebec, home of the Royal 22e Régiment, the only French-speaking regiment with in the Canadian Armed Forces. Tickets include an hour-long guided tour of the Citadelle, mostly outside, and the access to the Musée Royal 22e Régiment. In order to protect the health and safety of our visitors and employees, we have adopted the guidelines by the Québec Ministry of Public Health, including social distancing standards and applicable health measures.
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  • thetravelroamad
    Crestwood, Kentucky450 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a Visit
    We had a great experience and really enjoyed the tour. The price for admission was very reasonable. The tour was about an hour long and learned a lot about the Citadelle. You also can’t beat the views of the city when visiting. We also enjoyed watching the changing of the guards. Would definitely recommend a visit here when visiting.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Mark H
    Fond du Lac, Wisconsin3,964 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you're in Quebec City, this is a must.
    If you're in Quebec City, this is a must. We arrived in time for regimental music performance and 10 a.m. on the parade ground. The 30-minute concert was great and not what I was expecting from a military marching band. Yes, they played some traditional stuff, but then they played arrangement of both a Bill Eilish and a Bon Jovi song. The museum highlights the struggles French Canadian members of the armed forces faced and how they overcame them. It looks at the contributions to NATO and UN peacekeeping roles as well as the sacrifices made in WWI and WWII. You can also have you photo taken with mascot goat named Batisse.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Matthew C
    Belfast, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guided tour is the only way to see the Citadel
    I took the guided tour with Brandon in November 2022. Brilliant tour guide and answered all my questions. One question, in particular, was about my ancestor Sir Guy Carleton; he said that there isn't anything on him at the citadel but that he was taught about him in school growing up. Knowing there would be some literature on him, I researched him more. The citadel itself was impressive, but I loved the little museum inside. If I am ever in Quebec, I will definitely visit again!
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written August 6, 2023
  • AmarilisVos
    Jabbeke, Belgium2,481 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guided tour only
    We visited the Citadelle on July 9. Free parking is available in the Citadelle. You can only visit the Citadel with a guided tour. There is also an opportunity to visit the residence of the Governor General. On certain days the band of the 22nd Royal Regiment plays at 10am. After or before the tour you can visit the museum of the 22nd Royal Regiment.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Mark D
    Corfe Mullen, United Kingdom385 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable guided tour.
    We were not particularly excited to visit this attraction, but actually we enjoyed it. You have to do an hour guided tour of the barracks, there is no other way to look around (as it is an operational installation) and the young lady who showed us around was enthusiastic and amusing in her story telling. It is a bit of a skim the surface type if tour, but we timed it right to witness the noon gunfire....and you do get some good views of the city. It is worth the effort to visit, but don't expect to be shown everything.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 11, 2023
  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia49,991 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place
    La Citadelle de Québec is a functioning quarters of a section of the Canadian armed forces. It is also a museum and a tourist attraction. Its history goes back to the 17th century when the French started building fortifications and this continued under the British influence in later times. It's a very interesting place to visit as it provides a taste of Canada's origins. Guided tours take visitors around, including a visit to a small museum. Entry to the Citadel is by paid ticket.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 18, 2023
  • tahliastravels
    Brisbane, Australia122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved this place!
    Beautiful views during the winter, so snowy and gorgeous. We loved this spot. We didn’t go into the museum but did just walk around the areas that we could and it was spectacular. Definitely worth a stop by if you’re in the area. I wish we had’ve had the opportunity to go into it to see more.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 21, 2024
  • Michelle M
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the cost to visit and learn about the history!
    We enjoyed the band playing at 10am, and then a guided tour of the Citadel at 12 noon. Our ticket also allowed us access to the museum. The tour is well worth the price to be able to walk around and see the old buildings and hear the history. As you walk inside and outside of buildings and along rock pathways, I would not say it is stroller friendly. Also, there is a hill to walk up the entrance.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2024
  • Longford
    Tampa, Florida2,557 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A 'Do Not Miss' Place
    I visited the Citadelle with a nephew, his wife and two young boys and it was one of those 'do not miss' attractions for someone unfamiliar with Quebec, Quebec City and local / national Canadian (and United States) history. The military band portion, as previously reported, starts at 10 a.m. in Summer months, followed by a 1 hour guided tour in English (included in the entry fee). The musical portion was performed by a typically colorful uniformed band. Our guide, Justin, did an excellent job with our large group. I have no hesitation recommending the visit to visitors to Quebec City.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written July 10, 2024
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GordJK
Elmira, Canada18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Having visited the fort and citadel in Kingston and Halifax, my wife and I were keen to check out La Citadelle. Our first mistake was not knowing it was an active military base. When we entered we saw the visitor signs and thought it was a purely tourist site, so imagined us taking our time to enjoy the history. When buying tickets, the three cashiers didn't clearly explain that you can only do guided tours (which we dislike), so after checking out the pretty good museum we thought we could be on our way. Only after heading into the citadelle were we told to wait for the next tour as it is an active base (40 minute wait). The tour was large in number, but short in terms of time (30 mins) and interesting history. Overall not worth the time or money.
Written January 4, 2020
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Thank you for visit and for your comment. As you mentioned, the Citadelle is an active military base and the guided tour, that usually takes one hour, is mandatory. Usually, our cashiers give to the visitors the information they need when they purchase their tickets. Please be assured that we’ll contact you in order to better understand what happened during your visit.
Written January 7, 2020
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twomartinilunch
Middlebury, VT546 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The day we visited it was toooo windy, hence colder than it really was so we avoided taking the walking tour, instead focused on the Le Musee Roya 22 Regiment. I am not particular drawn to military history but this was very interesting and very well done. I would enjoy visiting in nicer weather - it felt very desolate, cold and snow-covered. Still worth the effort to hike up the hill from the hotel.
Written April 15, 2020
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kevin mat g
58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I toured here during August 2019 and when I went back to Que City I was hoping to check it out again but missed it. The Citadel and also the Museum of the 22nd Regiment is one you want to explore. There is so much history in Quebec that often gets overshadowed by the neighbours to the south- this place will definitely open you up to a lot of facts. Neighbouring the Citadel is the Plains of Abraham park not to mention that you are also at the walls of the old city. As the past is revealed so too is the modernization of the area while keeping its heritage alive- that is very noticeable and quite unique. Christmas 2019 was my 3rd time in Quebec City and will not be my last.
Written January 5, 2020
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toddlerpants
Droitwich, UK946 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I'm not a massive war history buff but we did have a guide who made this quite interesting.
The view across the St Lawrence River is gorgeous and you can see why they chose this spot to defend the city. Looking down the hill you can see the canons which are bizarrely pointing at the city not away from it to defend it. A short walk away is one of the arches across the road, Great photo op. Walk the other way and you reach the Plains of Abraham (a battle site).
The French and then the English occupied the citadelle before it was handed over to the Canadians who are still in residence.
Written July 11, 2020
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Liliya C
Toronto, Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
I had my tour booked at 12 pm. However, I was late and arrived only at 12:50 pm. The staff mentioned that they had enough room, and I was able to take the next tour at 1 pm. Our guide Max was knowledgeable and helpful. There are not many tourists in Quebec City at the moment, and the group consisted of 7 people only. This way, we could ask questions and have more personal experience.

I also saw in the souvenir shop that there was an opportunity to grab a complimentary poster. It is a great one as there is a nice illustration on it. The guide mentioned that there are also tours to see the residence of the Governor General. There is a separate organization in charge of it, but I didn't meet anyone when I was there. So I would suggest checking this option online and book a tour in advance.

There is also a great exhibition that is included in the price. Furthermore, once you enter La Citadelle, you will get a sticker, which allows you to visit La Citadelle during the entire day, so you can always come back.
Written September 17, 2021
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Anne H
Scottsdale, AZ50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
We toured La Citadelle de Quebec late afternoon. This one hour tour was very interesting. Our guide had a wealth of knowledge to share with us. These tours appear to happen regularly throughout the day with the group split. One English speaking the other French speaking. The price was very reasonable. 16 CAD for seniors. We received a 20% discount on top of that because we had visited The Plains of Abraham Museum before arriving at the citadel. I would highly recommend going on this tour if you are in Quebec City.
Written August 27, 2022
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Derek P
Toronto395 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Although the Citadelle is a magnificent structure on a marvellous site, it doesn't seem that much has actually happened there. The guide on the one-hour tour did her best with the limited material she had but there was not much inspiration or excitement. The museum, however, is much more interesting and you could easily spend an hour there either before or after taking the guided tour.
Written October 5, 2021
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Heidi F
438 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We were not sure what exactly to expect and ended up with an interesting and entertaining tour inside the walls of the Citadelle.
Please know that the buildings (inside) are not part of the tour apart from a narrow defense wall / prison where you’ll find a few images and weapons on display.

The “museum” which is included in the admission is rather small. It features Canada’s involvement in wars as well as a medal collection. Probably really great for enthusiasts but not my cup of tea apart from the historic significance.
Written June 2, 2022
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George F
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We were delighted to take the tour of the residence of the Governor General. Our guide, Mary was extremely helpful, informative and knowledgeable. This may be the best value for chock full information, art and Canadian politics.
Written May 20, 2022
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itsasmallworld2015
Sarnia, Canada68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
You can walk around the out side and get some stunning views. Alternatively we were offered a trip into the museum of the 22nd regiment and a tour of the buildings inside for a small fee or a tour of the governor general's house for free. We took the former, offered in English or French and it was nicely done, informative and offered another view over the city.
Written September 11, 2022
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