Guided tour

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Step back in time and explore the impressive Halifax Citadel with a tour guide dressed in historic clothing. This complimentary guided tour is a great place to start exploring the many period rooms, exhibits, films, and different perspectives on the history of Halifax.

Experience Halifax Citadel


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[Moving shot of the Halifax Citadel Site from above.] "Halifax Citadel National Historic Site" text on image.

[Group of 4 visitors walking toward the main gate of the Halifax Citadel.]

[78th Highlander standing guard at the main gate.]

[Two of the visitors waving and jumping around the Highlander.]

[Another visitor pretending to stand guard beside the Highlander.]

[The 4 visitors run through the main entrance, one of them is holding a video camera.]

[The 4 visitors look at a map of the National Site and one excitedly points in a direction, gesturing where to go.]

[78th Highlander fires a Snyder-Enfield rifle.]

Rifle: Bang!

[Two of the visitors cover their ears while another laughs at them for getting startled.]

[The visitors explore a dark tunnel.]

[One visitor is trapped behind bars.]

[The visitors try on the soldiers' uniforms.]

[Visitors dancing in the parade square while 78th Highlanders play the bag pipes and drums.]

[Visitors deciding what to order from the coffee bar.]

[Visitors running up a set of outdoor stairs.]

[Visitors running past 6 Royal Artillery soldiers standing by the noon canon.]

[Royal Artillery solider loads the ammunition into the cannon while soldiers watch.]

[Royal Artillery crew maneuvering cannon into position.]

[Noon canon fires.]

Canon: Boom!

[Visitors uncover their ears.]

[Moving shot of the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and Halifax area from above.]


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Learn about the fascinating history of the four successive versions of this fort and the role the Halifax Citadel played in the protection of the British Naval Base and development of the city.

Hear accounts of daily life in 1869 from a soldier and his family as you tour the Guard Room, Tailor Shop, Defensive Ditch, Barracks, and more.


Tours start at the Visitor Information Centre


Tours run regularly throughout the day from May to October. Check the daily schedule posted at the Visitor Information Centre for times.


45 to 60 minutes


Free with admission

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