Prince of Wales Tower National Historic Site
The Prince of Wales Tower stands on guard on the highest point of Point Pleasant Park in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This solid, thick-walled Martello tower is the first tower of its type ever built in North America, and is part of the Halifax Defence Complex.
The first tower of its type ever built in North America; the Prince of Wales Tower is part of the robust Halifax Defence Complex constructed, beginning in the 1790s, to protect British sea batteries from a French landward attack. This solid, thick walled Martello tower stands guard on the highest point of Point Pleasant Park. Today, interpretive panels portray the tower’s history, architectural features and significance as a defensive structure. Learn more
Activities and experiences
Things to do, interpretative panels, trail, picnic, lookout. The tower is closed.
Plan your visit
Maps and directions, facilities and services, free admission.
Stewardship and management
Jobs, partners, permits and licenses, public consultations, plans, and policies.
Culture and history
History, architecture, Halifax Defence Complex.
Hours of operation
Site open year-round
*The inside of the tower is not open for visitation
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