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Halifax Citadel National Historic Site of Canada

5425 Sackville Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
+1 902-426-5080
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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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5425 Sackville Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Downtown Halifax
+1 902-426-5080
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Reviewed yesterday

We went along here to hopefully have a free guided tour and listen to the noon day cannon. Well we started the guided tour but gave up after 5 minutes as the group was at least 40 people that we counted and, good as the...More

Thank annieisathome
Reviewed yesterday

This was a very interesting place to get some great historic background into Halifax The changing of the guard and the cannon being shot was something you don't see everyday. The costumes/uniforms were very interesting. There was a gift shop and a coffee shop to...More

Thank Julia K
Reviewed yesterday

we walked from the cruiseport to the citadelle and arrived aroud 10am. by the time we made our way around, the place was packed with tours. it will take you an hour to go around and read a bit of the historic facts.

Thank sunajocr
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had an evening private tour and dinner with our tour group on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. What a great time! Bagpiper, kilted tour guide, cannonfire demonstration and an excellent beef dinner in the citadel dining room. Go here in any case but try to...More

Thank GlobalExplorer
Reviewed yesterday

Spent a few hours during our visit exploring this imposing Site. A bit similar in many respects to Fort George in Scotland. Cost - entry is free as part of the Canadian Centennial celebrations. We took the guided tour which last about 45 minutes which...More

Thank Wilton2
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We spent a few hours here. Got a good feeling for the defense the people created for their area took the guided tour and visited many of the different areas

Thank auntiemoy
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our guide book said we'd spend 45 minutes max - we were there about 3 hours. The costumed guides were well informed and would talk to you as long as you liked. We also got some demonstrations and were able to try in our own...More

Thank Julia B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Really interesting, got to experience the guided tour and demonstration of the rifles used in the late 1880's compared to the one used from during the early 1900's.

Thank Greg N
Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife dragged me up here (and I do mean up) as I'm not much of a history buff but this place is amazing! Period costume people all over that are more than happy to talk about the rich history of the place. We were...More

Thank payforqualitynotcrap
Reviewed 2 days ago

I enjoyed my time at the citadel. It is not over done. They have let the history present itself. The soldiers and bag pipers really added to the experience. You could close your eyes, listen and imagine you were actually there. Well done!!

Thank christine f
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23 August 2017|
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Response from Jonathan K | Reviewed this property |
at least 2 hours. we could've stayed longer but had other stops to make.
15 May 2017|
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Response from T3544JRjenniferb | Reviewed this property |
Hello Yes dog are allowed as long as on a leash, they just are not allowed in the buildings. Hope this helps and have an amazing time while you explore.
8 May 2017|
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Response from Diane S | Reviewed this property |
Hello, I just contacted Citdel Hill and the fort regarding your second question. They have public washrooms only. But, she stated their is a coffee shop on site which has a bit more privacy. Hope this helps.