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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 #2 of 268 things to do in Kalkara
Type: Military museums, Museums
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, Museums
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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 February 26, 2015 NEW

Wow, what a great time spent there. From the outside it doesn't look much but inside the shows and tour were excellent and the guides couldn't help enough !! Nice café for drinks and lunch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

In short, there aren't many places in the world you get to see a 100 ton gun and fire a canon. A reasonable donation gives you an option to fire a canon which I highly recommend. The shows and tour was excellent and the guides couldn't help enough.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

I would echo the other posts re Fort Rinella. Having had a 9 year old moan about other siteseeing attractions on Malta which included knights, weapons etc for a couple of days, the omens were not great but the enthusiasm of the Fort Rinella team with their animated shows/descriptions of bayonets, sabre duelling, musketry and of course cannon through the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A really enjoyable experience. Witty and informative. Well worth a visit. The only disappointment was the weather although nothing was too much trouble for the soldiers we enjoyed the open air display as fortunately the rain cleared. An excellent experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This old fort needs restauration in a time where money is an issue. So the current occupants have turned into a museum and walk around dressed in the uniforms of the old days when the fort was still used. The staff is full of fire and enthousiasm and that really counts. After a nice (free) tour around the insides and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

Thanks to volunteers, helpers and knowledgeable people - a brill day out and my partner somehow morphed into a young Michael Caine circa Zulu ! Great stuff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We were the first to arrive and last to leave! This was an excellent day out for all the family, but in our case, father and daughter. The staff were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and informative. We learnt about the fort itself, it's purpose and function, the 100 ton Armstrong gun, musketry and rifling and general soldiering during the Victorian era.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

We decided to visit Fort Rinella whilst on our first ever trip to Malta because we wanted something a bit hands on that would keep our sons (aged 11, 9 and 6) entertained and because of the rave reviews on TripAdvisor. Could it really be this good?! We were staying in Valletta so we took the lift from Upper Barrakka... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Going to a museum of any kind is probably the last thing on any child's mind. Another day looking at boring things! Not here, especially when you get the chance to get dressed up, and get hands on as well. Wandering round, you appreciate how much work has gone into this living museum. With this you get the expertise of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We had read the reviews but thought they had to be over the top. We hardly ever spend more than a few hours at such places. We arrived at 10.30 and almost missed the 17.00 bus back!!! The staff are amazing. One of our fellow visitors had been in the army for 17years and complemented them all on the accuracy... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you very much Trevor, kind words and super rating. Your support will not be wasted and your words gives again more energy to continue. We always try our best even when projects look impossible and fight till we achieve what we promised. See you again in the future Best Regards Cleaven Desira More 

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