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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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Ranked #4 of 70 attractions in Halifax
Type: Historic Sites, Military Museums, Lookouts
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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,... more » 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. « less
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Winnipeg, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

If you would like to get a taste of Halifax's history you must visit the citadel. Even if it's closed, I would say a hike to the top is worthwhile to admire the citadel's impressive walls and cannon fortifications.

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The Citadel is a must see in Halifax. It was the old fortress built by the British. It still affords a great view of the harbour. A good part of the citadel has been restored and will provide an enjoyable afternoon as you explore the old fort. Walk around the open spaces, see the moat, visit inside the buildings. Have... More

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I must first say that I visit the Citadel on a regular basis with tour groups. I pre book a guide for my group and this 45 tour is well done. Tailored to my group (if low mobility we will not climb up to the wall). I have also visited many times as a guest with friends from away. You... More

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

78th Highlanders are a must see. A world championship pipe band. The citadel is the old heart of the city.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This site enables visitors to step back in time to the 1870's when soldiers and the military were stationed in the city. This historical fort has a museum, barracks building and lots of rooms to explore at leisure. Soldiers preform drills and musket firings on the center square and there is a changing of the guard every hour. Interpertors on... More

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Nova Scotia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you are interested in history you will love visting this fortress. Its fun to explore on your own or to take a guided tour. The ghost tour is very spooky and is also alot of fun.

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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

When in Halifax a must to see. Good tour guides with lots of historical info. Demonstration of the firing of the soldiers rifles. Only down side was it started to rain the day we went so cut our trip short. Enjoyed what we saw.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We went in March. The grounds were open but no tours or other services available. We just explored the grounds by ourself. It's beautiful but probably much better during the summer time.

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Nothing to dislike. Take a tour, learn about history, and more important, how people lived long ago. Well worth a few hours.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Winter is a time of dramatic contrasts, but on the day I visited, the Citadel was closed to visitors presumably for safety reasons. It would have been great to visit some part of the inside, and the ramparts, but that was not to be. (Hence the three stars.)

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