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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, 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 January 30, 2015 NEW

Brilliant. The soldiers were full of information and eager to share it. They really brought the visit to life with their displays. The opportunity to fire a musket and a cannon were the hilights of an excellent day out. Allow plenty of time for your visit -we were there for over four hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

You have to want to go to Fort Rinella because it isn't the easiest place to get to but go there you must! We spent 5 hours at this wonderful experience. You feel special from the minute you pay your entrance fee. Each soldier or employee you pass asks if they can answer any questions. They truly want you to... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Kind words which we appreciate allot, It does not require many words to speak the truth. We consider our past made our life better and don't want to take for granted what our fathers had to do for us. The only reason we work hard is to save what they built so hard with deep sacrifice, that's why we remember... More 

Essex England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Mystery. How does this seemingly small fort out in the boondocks of Kalkara get such amazing Tripadvisor reviews such that is one of the top attractions in Malta? Answer. It's the staff and what they offer the visitor (more than the fort itself). With amazing demonstrations of drill, weaponry and cavalry this enthusiastic team keep the visitor enthralled for several... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your high rating, it is all possible with our great team. We know that Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. HipHip Huzzar Kind regards Cleaven Desira More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We went on the spur of the moment after visiting the three cities. Think we were expecting to see the big cannon but we saw so much more! The people working there were so informative, enthusiastic and fun. We had demonstrations of rifles firing, a talk about the big cannon, then on to the equestrian centre. A surprisingly excellent couple... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Super rating again, nearly all the best things that came to us in life have been unexpected, or unplanned. This Fort changed a lot of lives and destiny not to mention all visitors that showed up thinking it will be another abandoned fort. At fort Rinella the time stops and takes everyone back in the real active life of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We visited this fort today which is being lovingly restored by charitable donations - it has the largest gun in the world - 100 ton- the Armstrong gun ( British ) There were soldiers there who re enacted what had happened in the past One of the highlights was the equestrian display of the soldiers The horses had previously been... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comments. We are very pleased that you enjoyed yourself at Fort Rinella. Our team always go out of their way to make our visitors relive history. The horses are part of our family and it is thanks to the donations we receive that we can save more horses and ensure they are well kept... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Just another fort in Malta - this time Victorian with a big gun to look at for ten minutes you might think. My family of four stayed for three and a half hours and we were entertained and entranced from start to finish. We saw military drills, a lecture on swords with a chance to handle the swords and to... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Many thanks, we are faithful in small things because it is in them that our strength lies. Our organization might be small and we are only a few but, the achievements are unlimited when we are together. Kind regards Cleaven Desira More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

We had already seen the saluting battery display, and been impressed by the enthusiasm of the volunteers, and later that day we boarded the bus to go to Fort Rinella, lo and behold the two volunteers from the saluting battery were on the bus to Fort Rinella, complete with their uniforms, (WW1 100 years anniversary, as opposed to their usual... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Kind words, thank you very much for your time and top review. We hope to see you again in one of our large events. Best Regards Cleaven Desira More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

A really good attraction. The re-enactors who staff the fort are knowledgeable, and the highlight was seeing them drill according to an old English Drill Manual. The gun is stupendously large, and must have shaken the building immensely when fired. Another high point was being allowed to fire a large field gun!

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Welcome to fire the 100 ton gun yourself in May 2015, thank you for review and high rating. Best wishes Cleaven Desira More 

Livingston, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Closed for over two years for renovation, this wonderful tourist attraction is now open, and offers a really excellent day out for anyone interested in history or all things military. I discovered this after visiting the Saluting Battery at Valetta, and decided to visit. What a marvelous surprise! The staff are enthusiastic and very knowledgeable, and really put their hearts... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Very encouraging, we really appreciate such reviews and high ratings. Thank you very much and see you again on one of our other events. Best wishes Cleaven Desira More 

Tallinn, Estonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We thought this would be a quick visit to see a big gun and then off on our way. Instead we had a guided tour, military displays, live firing of antique weapons and even an opportunity to fire them ourselves, Additionally we were able to see cavilary charges and a game of "posts" on horseback. We were there around 3... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the high rating and kind review, we do have a small fort but in our hearts she's big and will care for it for as long as we can. Best Rgds Cleaven Desira More 

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