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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada

5425 Sackville Street | P.O. Box 9080, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (Downtown Halifax)
902-426-5080
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Halifax City Tour
92%
Ranked #3 of 64 Attractions in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Military Museums, Lookouts, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: Experience an exciting part of Canada's history by visiting this...
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Type: Historic Sites, Military Museums, Lookouts, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: Experience an exciting part of Canada's history by visiting this 19th-century fort with a sweeping view of downtown Halifax. Between May and October, the Citadel is brought to life by two historic regiments of the British Army - the pageantry of the 78th Highlanders and the precision of the Royal Artillery thrill visitors daily with live re-enactments. The skirl of the bagpipes mixes with the crack of a rifle and the assembly of recruits for the next foot drill. There's no shortage of authentic experiences to view and participate in! Kids will love the Xplorers Program - an activity book just for them. When the sun sets, it's time to experience the other side of the Citadel - join the Citadel Ghost Walk and experience the dark and errie lore from the early 1800's. Tours start mid-July and run every Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8:30pm until the end of October. Cash at the front gate.
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Didn't have much time but got there to see the changing of the guard - in their authentic Scottish uniforms - they do a good show and some stunning views over the city at the same time.

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a lovely event put on at the Citadel Hill in November. A donation to Feed Nova Scotia (either cash or canned goods) will get you inside and there you can enjoy plays, music, tours and hot chocolate. It's a nice afternoon for anyone and as always you can't beat the view of the city from the ramparts. Dress... More 

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Summerside, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

For Canadian history buffs, this is the place for you. Halifax was the key to British dominance of the new world. A fortress built so well and so strategically located it was invulnerable, therefore, never attacked. Consequently, this historic site is as completely intact as the day it was built - a must see....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Enjoyed this site - we arrived on a very rainy, blustery day but still managed to catch a full tour. Would have liked to see the cannon go off, but maybe another time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We took the grand kids to the Victorian Christmas.It really showed us how a soldier lived back when the citadel l was in full operation.Should be seen by all.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I have been in Halifax many time and never had been there, however I did not know what I was missing. I went for the Victorian Christmas celebration and it was nice. If you have children this is ideal they can run around and dress up.

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

if you like history, visit The Citadel, as haligonians call it. It is well worth the trip. Don't miss the noon-day gun.

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A vast amount of historical information and artifacts available for the history buff or ordinary tourist

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A great area to roam around or join one of the tours run by costumed young folk. Learn what life was like for soldiers defending Halifax from foreigners. High on a hill so good views over Halifax.

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Deep Cove Nova Scotia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I usually visit the Citadel once a year, when I have guest visiting me. I never get tired of going and walking through the Citadel, and watching the Cannon fire at noon, and walking through the period style shops, and museum. Great view of the Harbour, allows you to understand why this Fort is here. The Fort is in the... More 

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