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Fort Rinella

Address: St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11 , Malta
Phone Number: +356 2180 9713
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Kalkara
Type: Military Museums, Cultural
Owner description: Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique remnant of Malta's recent...
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Type: Military Museums, Cultural
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique remnant of Malta's recent British colonial past, but it is also the world's first mechanical fort which enabled its small garrison to fire a monstrous 100-ton gun every six minutes. To be able to do this, the fort was equipped with a novel steam-driven hydraulic set-up that enabled the gun to traverse and depress and its ammunition to be hoisted and loaded mechanically. On visiting this fort in 1889, the great French writer Jules Verne described it as a marvel of the industrial age which would render Malta safe for ever. Some say that this is the place from where he got the idea of writing his famous novel a 'Voyage to the Moon', where a man is stuffed into a large projectile and fired from a large gun onto the moon!Originally, the 100-ton gun was built by Sir William George Armstrong of Newcastle in 1878, to equip a new class of Italian battleships - the Duilio class. This caused a serious stir between Britain and Italy which led to the former to obtain examples of the same gun to secure Malta and Gibraltar against a potential Italian seaborne attack.The Armstrong 100-ton gun has a calibre of 17.72-Inches (45cm). It is 35 feet long and has an overall weight of 156 tons making it the world's largest muzzle-loading cannon ever built. It used a quarter of a ton of gun powder to propel its monster shells up to a maximum range of eight miles. At that range it could pierce anything up to 21-inches of ship armour! The gun at Fort Rinella and another at Napier of Magdala Battery in Gibraltar are the sole surving examples today. The fort has recently undergone extensive restoration and improvement. A new 20-minute audio-visual outlining the history of the fort and its gun has also been added and is included in all guided tours.RE-Live History at Fort Rinella - Every afternoon from Tuesday to Sunday!Throughout the year, from Monday to Saturday at 14.30Hrs sharp, Fort Rinella is brought back to life complete with late 19th century Victorian soldiers who will take visitors on an animated tour around the fort. This tour combines excellent guiding with live and colourful historical re-enactingincluding military signalling, firing of rifles, bayonet practice, military cooking and more. Much use of original period equipment and weapons is made throughout this tour. All this goes to provide an enjoyable and long lasting experience to visitors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

Went to Fort Rinella on Friday 19th December We travelled from Bugibba so it was about an hour and twenty minutes on the bus to Valletta and the number 3 to the Fort. We arrived about 12 just as a demonstration on rifles was taking place. There was a total of about 8 people which may sound small but it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

This historic and military fort is a must see to both tourists and locals. The dedicated staff make this visit a memorable one.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

It's a long winding trip to get up here, but This fort is a must see. The staff here dress up and know their stuff and are passionate about what they do. I loved the cavalry demo and it it was as realistic as it gets. Also the firing of a real cannon, not something you get to try. All... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Super rating Jason we thank you and hope to see you again in yet another reenactment episode. We organize different shows all along the year and every season they get bigger and better. Rgds Cleaven Desira More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Not my kind of thing but agreed to accompany husband so he could see the gun. He loved it all and I was won round by the sheer enthusiasm and knowledge of the people working there. Stayed longer than we had intended and that allowed my husband to fire a rifle and a cannon and potter around at leisure as... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you Marilyn, we will be investing some of our funds for future domestic related display and attraction next year. It will always be a fort but in the army you find all the different kinds of organization, I hope you could witness the firing of the gun next year. Follow our websites or find us on facebook to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Just look at the ratings, although I am surprised that a few have put it at average. You do not have to be a military buff to appreciate this excellent musem but you do need to have time to watch the displays. Look out for 'Baldrick' he tells the tale in an amusing and interesting way.Please allow yourselves all afternoon... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you very much Steve, I hope you didn't follow one of his cunning plan. Rgds Cleaven Desira More 

Whitehaven, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Catch the number 3 bus from Valetta which stops right outside the fort. A guided audio tour was available, but you need to take some form of ID to borrow the equipment. The staff definitely make the visit special, they are all so knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and obviously love their jobs. They took us round the Fort and explained how... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Many Thanks Jacqueline S, we are proud and have faith that what we share is for the good memory of our grand fathers. The life of the fort is not about war it is about the protection of the small but important island. A small fort in a small island with a huge gun that was very powerful in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

A 100 ton gun ,must be worth a visit,A really good insight into life at the Fort.Really good weapon displays, and sword fencing , a knowledge able guide who was enthusiastic as well.We spent hours here,Should have stayed for the horse display but wanted to make sure of bus connection. You could not imagine a ton shell travelling eight miles... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the high rate but, try to come again an join us for cavalry and the artillery display. The way our troopers storm down the arena competing for tent pegging and the opportunity for you to fire a cannon will be an unforgettable sight and feeling. Regards Cleaven Desira More 

Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This is a must but make sure you go to the afternoon guided tour the guides are so enthusiastic- run by volunteers. There is a chance to fire guns and canons for a small fee. Make sure you ask the bus driver to tell you when to get off as the name in the bus screen is different.

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Top review and rating, thank you very much and keep following us. One day you will see our gun on the news or live in the fort working and breathing again. Kind regards Cleaven Desira More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Catch the 3 bus from Valletta, drops you at the gate. Doesn't look like much, a well disguised fort from late 19th century. The staff enthusiastically re-enact army drills, explain the development of guns, and really get into character. There are several tunnels, underneath, which can be explored. Also a massive 100 ton gun.apparently they fire this once a year,... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you Patricia, as they say nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Share your experience with all your friends and come and see us again to witness the result of your donation. Regards Cleaven Desira More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I arrived at Fort Rinella expecting just to see the old derelict fort and the 100 ton gun. How wrong can you be. I was met by one of the Fort Rinella guard and there followed an incredible 2 1/2 hours of entertainment and education. The group I joined were given a lively history of the fort and the men... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Surprise Surprise! we do it for the title of your review, if we can we want to start showing more of our great history and make it even more of an unforgettable experience. Thank you for your feedback and photos shared. Kind regards Cleaven Desira More 

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