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Come visit the Morrin Cultural Centre, Quebec City's best-kept secret! Built over 200 years ago as one of the city's first jail, it now houses one of the world's most beautiful libraries. This national historic site is yours to discover. Walk...more
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44 Chausee des Ecossais | Quebe, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada
Downtown Quebec City
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Easily booked this on line. Entertaining piece of Quebec history. Our docent was engaging and very well informed. Answered everyone's questions. They must have been reading the reviews because we had a generous amount of time to look at and read the information in the...More

Thank Bruce L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Glad we stopped for a tour. We actually bumped into it and went in and took a tour as my wife is a Louise Penny fan

Thank Bobby44881
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Started as a prison, became a university and is now a cultural centre and private library. The tour covers all 3 aspects and does it really well. The prison part was particularly interesting and the guide brought it to life very well. There are quite...More

Thank TickledPinkScotland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Morrin Centre is a unique spot in Quebec. Tours will take you through the 1800s jail cells, old classrooms, and finally the library. The jail cells were undoubtedly the most interesting part of the tour, but the rest of the centre has fascinating history...More

Thank Cath B
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

The tour starts around 10am and covers the former jail, including, if you volunteer, a short spell in the cells. We also spent some time in the science lab and the library. Our guide was humorous and informative and for $11 each seniors rate it...More

Thank HSeeingtheworld
Reviewed 11 September 2018

Recommend to visit if you are into history. you can get a guided tour for $12 pp. good place to kill 1-2 hours.

Thank Girondoluna
Reviewed 9 September 2018

This captivating library used to be a prison. On certain occasions, staff dress in Victorian era clothing and tea time is offered.

Thank Andrea R
Reviewed 5 September 2018

I read about this place online, and convinced my siblings to go and do the tour and we all ended up enjoying it. For only $12 it was well worth it. Our guide was hilarious and kept it interesting and fun. The jail part of...More

Thank Angie_Rom
Reviewed 4 September 2018

An excellent and engaging hour with a feisty, knowledgeable tour guide who helped us to understand elements of Old Quebec which we would never have come across on our own. I finally sense what it must have felt like to be in prison, how precious...More

Thank Susan C
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed our tour. It’s a beautiful building with lots of historical significance. We came because we’re Louise Penny fans and much of the action in her novel Bury Your Dead happens here. But there is much here to appreciate regardless.

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30 April 2018|
Response from Stefanie J | Property representative |
Hello, Would you be able to send me the link for this mistake please? I will then be able to correct it. Thanks!
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Response from Patricia A | Reviewed this property |
Quebec is easy to get around --speaking English .
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Response from Stefanie J | Property representative |
Hi Linda, The Morrin Centre is about a 5 to 7 minute walk from Hotel Manoir d'Auteuil. Thank you Travellove414 for your instructions on how to get to the Centre. The entrance fee for the Discovery tour is $11 for general... More