Signal Hill
Signal Hill
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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A hill overlooking St. John's Harbor which has been given "National Historic Site" status.
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  • Fauve4ever
    40 contributions
    Historic lookout
    We went twice to signal hill. The first time was part of a tour and we went back the 2nd time on foot using the coastal trail. For those who wants to use the trail, make sure you have good walking shoes, water and snacks.
    Visited August 2022
    Written December 27, 2022
  • Marc H
    Brunswick Heads, Australia96 contributions
    Walk to signal hill
    A very cold place to walk to in winter! But views were amazing ! Covered in white it was quite magical !! It was a shame the geo tech museum was not open as that would have complimented this signal Hil . Signs around the area were great though with the history !!
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 1, 2023
  • Telah M
    Ottawa, Canada337 contributions
    The top attraction!
    A must see when in St Johns. The Cabot tower offers stunning views of the city, and the history of this place is not to be forgotten. A visit to the discovery centre is a must do as well. Worth waiting for a break in the fog.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 11, 2023
  • Robin B
    Phoenix, Arizona1,412 contributions
    Great views
    We walked up the hill (you can also drive). It’s a consistent, uphill hike. About two-thirds of the way you can veer off to the right and take a real trail instead of the sidewalk. At the top there are great views, other trails to take down and the actual signal tower you can go into for better views. We walked down along a trail (instead of the sidewalk/road) and took it to Quidi Vidi Brewery. You will spend less than an hour if you drive up; 1-2 hours if you walk or take any of the trails around the hill.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Dave D
    2 contributions
    Incredible views on a clear day.
    The views were amazing from the bottom and the top of the tower. There are many hiking trails but we were on a tour so time was limited. If going on a hike remember to wear good footwear. We were fortunate as the sky was clear. The previous day was raining with low clouds and fog.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Amanda T
    6 contributions
    Needs to be viewed on a sunny day
    We were fortunate enough to be able to go back on a sunny day. The first time we visited, it was so foggy, we couldn't see a thing! Our second visit was much better - the best way to see St. John's from above.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 25, 2023
  • LCP
    61 contributions
    Interesting history in St. John's
    Interesting history given on a number of information boards. From the Cabot Tower at the top of Signal Hill is a good view over the city. It is a steep climb up but cars can go up and park at the top. Recommend visiting the Johnson Geo Centre on the way down.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • AnniversaryGal
    Calgary, Canada99 contributions
    Best views of St John’s!
    Best views of St Johns and surrounding areas. Lots of hiking trails. Lighthouse is cool. Free. Lots of parking. Went twice at different times of day. One of the days was fascinating watching the fog come in and out. Get to see all the ships and boats leaving and coming into St John’s harbour
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Ray S
    Orangeville, Canada178 contributions
    An interesting part of our history
    We visited the Signal Hill visitor Centre as well as the Signal Hill Cabot Tower yesterday. Very informative and an interesting part of our history. However, when we were at the visitor centre my wife tripped and hurt her toe on the 1 inch brown platform at the entrance of the movie room. There was no marking on the step. This is a safety issue and the staff dismissed it saying « it’s just a small incline ».
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Katie L
    25 contributions
    Cannons, history and great views
    Lots of elevation change so could be challenging if you hike around here. Beautiful views and can explore as much or little as you choose. We caught the 12:00 noon cannon which was great (and very loud)! Loved the view from the top of cabot tour and the red chairs, rock edges around signal hill. Harbour view is great and also saw whales!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
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Sharon
Canada506 contributions
Aug 2021
Fantastic views! Went to the Information building where you paid $3.90 a person to review some artifacts and a 20 minute film on the history of Signal Hill. Very interesting. Glad that I was able to visit without the usual crowd, as you got to enjoy the visit.
Written August 3, 2021
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Aurora2827
Panama160 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
Pretty windy but the view is amazing. We even had the opportunity to meet Chief a gorgeous Newfoundland dog that his owner kindly let us take a photo with. The building was close due the season but you can stroll through the place and enjoy a good hiking or the crispy clean air while you appreciate the view of the city and the ocean.
Written March 26, 2020
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Connie Firtree
Milton Keynes, UK181 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We found out about this place on another travel related website whilst researching what to do whilst in St.Johns, where we had 2 extra days added whilst the itenary caught up with us.
We wanted to take the hop on / hop off bus, but that had finished for the season around 3 weeks previous, so we took a taxi from the cruise port costing $12 one way,
it was windy when we got to the top, but we were fine with that, found the signposts to all over the world including the place in Cornwall, UK, where Marconi received the signal marking the 1st trans atlantic phone call from.
There is a celebration gun on the hill normally fired at 12 noon in season, luckily for us there was some visitors from Ireland and they fired the gun especially for them, twice.
We went into the tower to see the history of that phone call and I climbed on to the roof, before seeing the souveniers in the gift shop.
We walked back down to the city stopping off at other places en route.
Written November 30, 2023
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Ramblin_Ken
Ottawa, Canada31 contributions
Aug 2022
Besides the magnificent views of the City and harbour, Signal Hill is a very historic site in the history of telecommunications. Excellent guide provided details about the work of Marconi and the Hill's involvement with local shipping and international disasters like the Titanic. It gets very windy so do wear a fleece even on a sunny day!
Written September 20, 2022
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CdnWorldTraveller14
Toronto, Canada32 contributions
Sep 2021
I highly recommend a visit to this stunning vista. Spectacular views of the ocean and the city--lots of great photo opps. It's quite windy so make sure you bring a windbreaker and hold on to your hat. Plan to spend a bit of time here.
Written September 18, 2021
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2plytraveller
Toronto, Canada303 contributions
Aug 2019
We drove up Signal Hill and parked near Cabot Tower. My husband and I visited in the early morning before Cabot Tower opened for the day. The panoramic views are stunning.
We also walked part of a trail by Georges Pond, and the trail around Deadman's Pond. Both trails were scenic.
Washrooms were scarce but we found a clean washroom at the visitor centre, which was not yet open for the day, but the cafe was open.
Signal Hill is a must see!
Written July 29, 2020
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SJH
Ottawa226 contributions
Aug 2022
There is a beautiful view and we learned a lot. It would be better to visit out of hours because you can experience the view all the same without all the other people. The only thing open during business hours is the gift shop and a small museum - But it is up to you. Just remember to put on your walking shoes!
Written September 5, 2022
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BAM1113
New York City, New York, USA1,110 contributions
Jul 2022
My husband and I spent a few hours exploring Signal Hill, The Battery and some of the hiking trails. You could easily spend all day on the trails if you had the time and energy and there are choices for different fitness levels. We were there on a clear day and the views are breathtaking. The small history museum is enjoyable as well and doesn't take much time to tour. This is definitely a must-see attraction in the area. Note that the visitor center opens at 10 am, however you can access the trails earlier to avoid the crowds since it is a very popular site.
Written August 13, 2022
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LCP
61 contributions
Jun 2023
Interesting history given on a number of information boards. From the Cabot Tower at the top of Signal Hill is a good view over the city. It is a steep climb up but cars can go up and park at the top. Recommend visiting the Johnson Geo Centre on the way down.
Written June 30, 2023
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Telah M
Ottawa, Canada337 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
A must see when in St Johns. The Cabot tower offers stunning views of the city, and the history of this place is not to be forgotten. A visit to the discovery centre is a must do as well. Worth waiting for a break in the fog.
Written June 11, 2023
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