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Morrin Centre

44 Chausee des Ecossais | Quebe, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada
+1 418-694-9147
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Very informative

Pretty good and informative tour, headed by a young and enthusiastic man, playing to the... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2015
London, United Kingdom
Great tour - very informative

Really enjoyed the tour of Morrin Centre. Our tour guide, a young lady, was great, explaining... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2015
Harrow, Canada
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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 through foreboding jail cells and browse the books in the charming Victorian library. We also offer various events; including a Writers' Festival, concerts, readings and lectures. Consider renting the Centre as the perfect place to hold your events.
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44 Chausee des Ecossais | Quebe, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4H3, Canada
Downtown Quebec City
+1 418-694-9147
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Reviewed 22 August 2015

Pretty good and informative tour, headed by a young and enthusiastic man, playing to the crowd. Interesting to hear about the transformation of this building from prison to school to library and the history of the people and changes from the different periods. The explanation...More

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Reviewed 22 August 2015

Really enjoyed the tour of Morrin Centre. Our tour guide, a young lady, was great, explaining everything in very good english. The Morrin centre was a bit hard to find, we walked passed it several times before realizing it was on a side street. Its...More

Thank loriar
Reviewed 19 August 2015

This was a random and quickly-made decision, but I am glad my friends and I chose to come on this tour. The "Go to Jail" title had us intrigued... Our male tour guide was so funny, so endearing, and very knowledgeable. Seeing the library and...More

Thank Jessica S
Reviewed 18 August 2015

We decided to visit the Morrin Centre because it was recommended to us by the hotel. It was interesting to see the jail and how it got transformed into a school and then a library, but it wasn't anything you wouldn't find in another city.

1  Thank NewYorker722
Reviewed 17 August 2015

It was a shelter from the heat, we learned some interesting history, and got to see the actual jail cells that were used.

Thank MariaVin
Reviewed 14 August 2015

If you are a fan of Louise Penny mysteries you must visit here--While it is called the cultural center, this is where the English Library from her book 'Bury Your Dead' is located. They do a nice little tour

Thank fcmk
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Great tour of a building with fascinating history - great stories to hear. Fascinating tour of the jail, library and school.

Thank spud0018
Reviewed 9 August 2015

The visit was both entertaining and didactic. We new of the place thanks to one of the best detective stories I've read: "Bury your death" by Louise Penny. Don't miss the book and the visit!!

Thank finaob
Reviewed 5 August 2015

An absolutely fascinating site that houses some amazing history. Originally built as a jail over 200 years ago, this building was also the site of public executions! Due to overcrowding the jail was abandoned for a larger, more modern site and the building was retrofitted...More

1  Thank Robert H
Reviewed 4 August 2015 via mobile

Your the old jail guided by a guide in period attire. See the old (and useable) Victorian library. Learn how the building was also used as a college. A must do. Kids would love it too -the old jail is really fascinating.

Thank Sue L
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5 October 2017|
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Response from Patricia A | Reviewed this property |
Quebec is easy to get around --speaking English .
Linda I
2 June 2016|
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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