Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Halifax

Categories: Military Museums, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 2,000+ reviews on the web
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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  • Came here as part of a conference dinner after hours. Had a chance to explore the walls and have a look around before settling in for dinner in the tent. Lovely, but not ideal in heels! 
  • Historical, and a wonderful view of Halifax. Informative, free tours that take you through parts of the citadel that are less obvious to walk through. One begins to see how intertwined the British and...  read more »
  • My father served in the Canadian Army in WWII and shipped out to England from Halifax, so I was interested in seeing the Museum at this Historic Fort. I was very moved by the displays in the museums h...  read more »
  • Loved exploring the grounds. The interactive world war 1 trenches were cool and the staff were all very friendly. The cannon at noon is a must see. Lastly, the museum portion with personal effects was quite interesting. The site held my 9 year olds attention for the entire time we were there which was a good 4 1/2 hours. He was even able to go on a spy mission which we both found fun.
  • This is definitely a highlight of visiting Halifax. It's fun place with a lot of history. There are a lot of people dressed periodically to give information. Everyday they fire the cannon on noon. Be sure to be there for that. Also, I recommend taking the tour which is included in admission. There is very little shade and a lot of walking. Bring sunscreen and water and good walking shoes. There is a little cafe and store for other little things.
  • Old fort with a staff of reenactment soldiers. Interesting history to this fort and the city of Halifax. A lot of resources were spent on the citadel and it did its job.
  • Are you a history buff? A curious tourist? A zombie apocalypse survivalist? If you’ve said yes to any of the above, the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is a must-see local attraction here in Halifax. It’s unmistakable as that giant fortress of doom on the hill-- it’s so hardcore that enemies didn’t even want to attack it (that’s just how we roll on the East Coast.) The tour guides are wonderfully dedicated to answering any questions you may have, and to providing information on the number of ways that attacking enemies could be killed before (or after) breaching the inner walls. Make sure you wear practical footwear as the walkways and paths are largely either dirt or flagstone; wearing a hat and/or sunscreen would also be wise as the inner courtyard is completely open and shade is a rare commodity. Spend some time after the tour exploring the museum, gift shop, or cafe. (Or you could wander around planning how to survive a hypothetical zombie apocalypse in the fort-- that’s what we did. Whatever floats your boat!) Regardless of how you spend your time at the site, it is an amazing piece of history right in the heart of downtown Halifax. I highly recommend it whether you’re a local looking for new places to visit, or a new traveler to the area.
  • Very informative history of halifax and the fort. Nice birds from top of the citadel. Went on ghost tour in the evening was good history of the fort, but not much in the way of an actual ghost story.
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