Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Halifax

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Step back in time at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a 250-year-old hilltop fortification overlooking the city. Learn about thecitadel's rich military history by taking a guided tour and observing costumed re-enactments. You can even find out what it was like working in the fort with the "Soldier for a Day" activity, which involves donning a uniform and taking part in drills. Fire authentic rifles of the time, and take ghostly night tours. After absorbing so much history, take a moment to refresh in the coffee bar, or peruse the gift shop. A visit to Halifax Citadel National Historic Site represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Halifax itinerary builder to plot your vacation.
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  • August 15, 2017
    We went early to the Citadel, it was a good decision. Ensure you take the 45 minute guided tour, which is free -it gives you a perspective on the fort and the history. We spent a few hours there and m...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Had a great visit to the hill for Canada Day and the Nova Scotia International Tattoo. Loved every second and the weather was amazing.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    We had a wonderful time here. It's a great place for kids. They can learn about this history of the Citadel. They have an explorer guide for the kids which is a wonderful way to keep them involved. Th...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    An excellent and very informative experience. Visiting the citadel is both enjoyable and sobering. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. There was the added bonus of the entrance fee being waived for Canada 150, but their prices are extremely reasonable regardless. I highly recommend visiting, whether you do the tour or guide yourself. There's a lot to see and learn.
  • June 22, 2017
    Well maintained and pretty interesting to look at. A small gift shop is located here as well as a coffee shop and plenty of museum type information rooms. This location has had some historical significance throughout a number of the big wars. Definitely worth a look if you're interested in history.
  • June 20, 2017
    Very cool place to visit. There is a free one hour tour of the Citadel. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and did a great job keeping everyone informed and entertained. Parking is cheap ($3) and there is also a museum on site. You are also free to walk around the Citadel if you prefer to explore on your own.
  • June 14, 2017
    This Citadel is a must-see in Halifax. There have been restorations of most structures, and actors dress up in clothes from the period. There's even a black powder musket demonstration. There is also a fascinating WWII trenches exhibit available for a walk through so you can get a glimpse of what soldiers had experienced. Overall excellent tourist and locals destination.
  • June 16, 2017
    Nice monument where you can trace back the history of Halifax and Canada. Friendly staff are there to walk you through the showcases there and answer any questions you may have. It is also a great place to see the city of Halifax from above and a great place to take pictures! One of the worth-to-see sites if you are a tourist in Halifax!

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