If the ornate china and regimental silver glittering in the beautifully restored officers' mess in this national historic site are any indication, 19th-century British officers knew how to party in style. Visit the gardens and rooms of the restored Officers' Quarters, all decorated in the style of the 1830s, and you'll see they lived much the same way.
In July and August, get a taste (literally) of life in the lower ranks with a piece of chewy "soldier's bread" baked in an outdoor oven, share in a tea ceremony, or watch a costumed actor in a French uniform of the 18th century demonstrate shooting with a flintlock musket. Artillery Park's four buildings all have long histories. The Officers' Quarters, for example, were built in 1817 and are housed in the Dauphin Redoubt, which, as the name suggests, were virtually impenetrable to enemy attacks. The British took it over in 1759, and from 1785 until 1871 it served as the mess for the officers of the Royal Artillery Regiment. The old iron foundry houses a magnificent scale model of Québec City built in 1808, allowing visitors to get a sense of the city as it looked then, as well as its geography and history.