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. Plan to visit Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Halifax attractions using our Halifax tour planning site .
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  • Great find that ewe stumbled upon. We like to walk with no particular destination and we ended up at the Citadel. We walked out one side, did the fantastic tour and walked back down into the City. Lot...  more »
  • Visited the citadel. As Canada are celebrating 150 years entry was free. Inside there were guards at various rooms, dressed in their regalia who answered any of your questions. There were guard rooms,...  more »
  • Halifax was one of our cruise stops. I walked along the board walk and found tourist information. I asked how long it would take to walk to the Citadel. It wasn't too bad of a walk. The man behind the...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Where to stay in Halifax

Accommodations are scattered evenly throughout Halifax, with decent options available across town. Downtown offers the best transport connections and access to major attractions, with several options lining the central thoroughfare, Sackville Street. Here, you'll also enjoy views over the water and convenient proximity to some of the city's most pleasant parks. Look around the neighborhood of South End to enjoy the bohemian vibe surrounding Saint Mary's University, or go west to find a quiet spot near Long Lake Provincial Park.
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