Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, Halifax

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Must see · Military Museum · Cultural Tour
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Step back in time at Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a 250-year-old hilltop fortification overlooking the city. Learn about thecitadel's rich military history by taking a guided tour and observing costumed re-enactments. You can even find out what it was like working in the fort with the "Soldier for a Day" activity, which involves donning a uniform and taking part in drills. Fire authentic rifles of the time, and take ghostly night tours. After absorbing so much history, take a moment to refresh in the coffee bar, or peruse the gift shop. Plan to visit Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Halifax attractions using our Halifax tour planning site.
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  • A big complex with a few rooms jam-packed with information regarding various wars. I would have liked to have seen explanations of what all the rooms were used for over the years. I can get info... 
    A big complex with a few rooms jam-packed with information regarding various wars. I would have liked to have seen explanations of what all the rooms were used for over the years. I can get info...  more »
  • We loved the cannon shooting at noon... the staff were really informed. We loved the bagpipes as well. Great family outing. 
    We loved the cannon shooting at noon... the staff were really informed. We loved the bagpipes as well. Great family outing.  more »
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  • We spent a good portion of the day today at the Citadel. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. We saw many exhibits as we walked the large property. The Army museum was very well done. There can be some issues for folks with mobility issues, that may inhibit parts of the Citadel. There is a lot of steps and loose gravel walking situations. So take caution in your footing. It is windy up on the hill. You may want a light jacket if you get cold easy. Parking may be a little difficult in some instances. And with parking and admission, this isn't an inexpensive museum. But it also isn't drastic if you spend some time there. All in all a nice way to spend some time in Halifax.
  • Great museum with tons of history. A decent walk from downtown, and climb up is very steep. Plan 2 hours or so at minimum since you can lose track of time reading up. They have some events every few minutes or so (change of station, etc.) The folks who work there are very informative and are happy to answer any questions. Don't miss the Noon Gun at 12pm.

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