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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 #3 of 74 attractions in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Great place to visit if you're a history buff like me! Also a great place to visit w/kids & the entire family as there are things for everyone to do. Nice views of the city from atop the walls as well. The site has many costumed characters depicting British soldiers & the like from the 18th Century.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I visited the citadel when I was much younger with my parents and loved the experience. After many years, I finally found myself back in Halifax for a conference and relived some memories. When I visited in December, there were no activities happening and not a staff member in sight except for at the front gate. I just went for... More

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Hn�U
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Tours of the Citadel start 5 mins after the hour. Our tour group had around 30 people and we were led about the Citadel by a university student, on summer break, with a huge passion for history. The Citadel wouldn't hold up against today's military weapons but let me tell you, it feels extremely safe just being there. The museum... More

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NH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Loved that they were celebrating a child's birthday. Of course, the kiddos loved capturing the spy after searching for them. Great idea.

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Gateshead
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We spent a morning here and whist we found the AV presentation very interesting the rest if the activities seemed bland by comparison with Louisbourg. The actors did not interact spontaneously and seemed more interested in chatting with each other. The shops seemed to be a big focus of the site.

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Beaufort, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We spent quite a bit of time here. On-going live demonstrations and lots of amazing exhibits. Well worth the trip!! Since we had taken the ferry over from Dartmouth, we walked to the Citadel. It's uphill all the way so if you aren't physically fit, you will want to drive up.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We visited on Canada Day. It was a busy spot and we really enjoyed the museum. The volunteers working are very educated about the history and have a lot of passion for it, they really made the experience fun!

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Jersey Shore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Out family visited the Citadel on a Sunday afternoon. It wasn't too crowded. The boys loved seeing the cannon shot off, as well as hearing the bagpiper and drummer. Everyone enjoyed walking on top of the wall with the amazing views of the city and waterfront. The visit was highly educational. We saw a period schoolroom and the kids were... More

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Butler, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Take a tour with a guide well worth it! Plan on walking down steps and dark areas but you really get to see and hear the history. At noon they shoot a cannon and during the day they have bag pipes playing and demonstration of shooting a gun. Definitely visit the museum, we skipped the 50 min show. The Citadel... More

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Burnaby, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Booked a private ghost tour Aug 16 with around 15 family members and had a fantastic time with our dapper looking guide. Tour started at 9pm and we walked around in the dark with candle lanterns and were told about sightings and experiences around the Citadel. Great if you love tromping around in the dark being told ghost stories with... More

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