Three days in Halifax gives you enough time to enjoy the town itself—its history, heritage, and modern culture—but also experience some of the highlights of Nova Scotia, including Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, or the Annapolis Valley wine country.
The experience at Alexander Keith’s starts with a brewery tour through the 200-year-old ironstone buildings. See how the brewing process has changed since Keith made the very first beers, then head to the in-house tavern to taste your favorites. The energetic tour guides give visitors a flavor of 19th-century Halifax, complete with traditional songs and pub games. If you don’t want to take the tour, head straight to the Red Flag tavern next door to try the beer.
You’ll also learn more about Alexander Keith himself. Born in Scotland, like many others he emigrated to Nova Scotia for the chance at a better life. A local hero, he not only opened the now-famous brewery but was a local politician too and served as mayor of Halifax three times.
Things to know before you go
- Entry to the brewery tour is by paid ticket—save time and money on this and other attractions with a Halifax Bucket List pass.
- The tour passes through old buildings with steps and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility.
- There’s an on-site gift shop.
How to get there
Alexander Keith’s brewery is located at 1496 Lower Water Street, along the main Halifax waterfront. It’s walking distance from other popular attractions including the farmer's market and the Maritime Museum. The main VIA rail station is a 15-minute walk away, and there’s a paid parking lot roughly a 5-minute walk away.
When to get there
Brewery tours are available throughout the year and make a great rainy day activity. Plan on booking in advance if you can, as the tour is usually busy.
Visit the Halifax Citadel
To learn more about the history of Halifax, head to the citadel in the city center, a National Historic Site. Here, you’ll find actors in historical dress—bringing to life the 78th Highlanders and the Royal Artillery regiments that were stationed here. Watch the demonstrations and tour the soldiers’ barracks, tailor shop, engineer store, garrison cells, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Alexander Keith's Brewery?
What else should I know about attractions in Halifax?
- Government House
- Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
- Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market
- Province House
- St. Paul's Anglican Church
- Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
- Halifax City Hall
- Spring Garden Road
- Halifax Public Gardens
- Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
- Halifax Cruise Port
- Halifax Harbour
- Point Pleasant Park
- Fairview Lawn Cemetery
- Old Town Clock