The Citadel, Charleston

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Attend one of the regularly held military parades on your visit to The Citadel, a historic military college known for its Moorish-inspired architecture. Parades happen weekly and feature cadets in formation marching along with drums, a band, and bagpipes. Go on a campus tour to learn more about the buildings and monuments on campus, like the Seraph Monument, a uniquely shaped structure that contains artifacts from the British submarine HMS Seraph and honors Anglo-American friendship and cooperation during World War II. Walk past the Citadel Ring Statue, a giant replica of the Citadel ring, widely known at the most important and treasured symbol of a graduate. Talk to the cadets on campus to learn more about the history of the school that's been around since 1842. Be sure to check the parade schedule online before you visit. Use our Charleston trip builder to visit The Citadel on your trip to Charleston, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • July 30, 2017
    Came to visit where a cousin went to school in the late 80's. The Citadel is quite the impressive military institution.  more »
  • July 15, 2017
    We had a guide to escort us around the campus of The Citadel. The campus is beautiful, the grounds and buildings are well maintained, the students are very polite and accustomed to visitors wandering ...  more »
  • July 13, 2017
    We originally came to see the College of Charleston but thought we would also plan a visit to The Citadel. I cannot say enough about this institution, their employees and the students.... We were in a...  more »
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  • April 5, 2017
    We loved our time at the Citadel we took a whole day just to drive up from Edisto Beach to have a Kiwanis meeting in the Citadel and show our twelve year old at the time what it was like to be on a beautiful campus I recommend if you have time to visit this campus you should schedule it in your day
  • May 11, 2016
    The Citadel is the best education in the nation. Education is more than a degree. The Citadel education is also about leadership, duty, pride and honor. It's funny how many experts there are from people that don't wear the band of gold. (The Ring) I would gladly go back and do it all over again. I can only hope that my sons will accept the challenge and have the experience called "The Citadel." Golf Company 1995
  • November 14, 2016
    If you are in this area take 10 minutes to see how cadettes get trained. Unfortuately i didnt find the time to see the parade on friday afternoon.
  • June 14, 2017
    We love the Citadel.
  • August 17, 2016
    All I know is my grandpa went here, we still have the ceremonial sword on display.

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