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Fort Rinella

St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11 , Malta
00356 21809713
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Kalkara
Type: Military Museums
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... more » 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 Tuesday to Sunday 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. « less
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Went to Fort Rinella today with my 14 year old son. To say it was good would be a massive understatement . Enjoyed every minute !! Where else can you fire a cannon AND a rifle (all in complete safety) ? Highly recomended.

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Drammen, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I went there with my family (son of 16 and daughter of 14) and we all very much liked it. What in my my view made this fort very spesial was the various lessions given by the staff dressed as english soldiers. These were history studentsenteret that had great knowlegde and entusiasm.

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UK York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

For those who don't read reviews, the summary is in the title, but for more details...... The Fort is a 25 minute ride from Valetta (Bus 3) and the bus stops outside the entrance to the fort. I can honestly say I have never visited anywhere where the staff have such passion and enthusiasm for their subject. During the day,... More

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Sanford, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

As someone who loves American history, it was neat seeing the in-depth history lessons from another country. I rated it 4, because there were some things I wasn't sure about, but I could've just been being snobby, overall, very cool and I'd recommend it if you were in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Went here with my 9 year old boy, who loved it. Make sure you come in time for the main display (currently at 2 p.m.) - and allow for the fact that the tour goes on for 2 hours. It's worth turning up about 45 minutes beforehand to look round the fort first. The 'animated tour' includes cavalry drill and... More

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yulius888, Community Manager at FWA at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you baloopa. It is good to know you have enjoyed your visit with your kid, hopefully he had the same or even better experience at Fort Rinella Xulio Vazquez More

Bergen, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Interessting and good live acting from the history of war, weponry and fortification. We injoyed that. Not a very interesting Fort in its self and it is a ways out of downtown. Ok to have been there once, but I wouldent go there again and I think ones time could be spend better elswere.

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yulius888, Community Manager at FWA at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you Pheromone. Well, it is good to know that you have enjoyed the visit. Everyday we are improving the re-enactments and the Fort itself, our huge aim is to put a replica machinery for the gun, and like this Fort Rinella will become even greater. Now we are setting up the Museum, with all the artifacts and stuff, showing... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We visited Fort Rinella with the intentions of only staying a few hours but we stayed all day. Its a great fun place to go and the guys that look after it and play the parts are brillient very passionate about the histrory and the upkeep of the fort, their knowledge regarding Malta's histrory is fantastic. Its great for families... More

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yulius888, Community Manager at FWA at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you very much dragon04. Everyday we are improving the displays, adding more and improving the quality of the ones we already have. If you want to know more about the restoration work progress, simply follow us on Twitter, Facebook, etc. or check our websites. Xulio Vazquez More

Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I'm not much of history buff myself and yet I've enjoyed it a lot, the husband who is one -was beyond himself ! Especially as he was able to participate in shooting from a real cannon :)

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yulius888, Community Manager at FWA at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you very much akapulko2020. As you could see, it is not just a simple visit, it is an entire experience, and it is good to know that you have enoyed it so much. Xulio Vazquez More

San Gwann, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Our visit to Fort Rinella was a very enjoyable experience. Clearly the people there are very passionate about what they do and are very knowledgeable about Malta's heritage. This, along with the interactive nature of the presentations and displays make Fort Rinella one of the top historical attractions we have been to in Malta. Highly recommended!

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yulius888, Community Manager at FWA at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you betamike. If you want to know more about the restoration progress, improvement on the re-enactments, and other Historical sites open to the public, check our website, facebook, twitter or other profiles, and also you can get the Friends of Wirt Artna card, having access to all our attractions and special events, for a whole year. Xulio Vazquez More

Valletta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

An unexpectedly wonderful afternoon out. The tour guides are so passionate, friendly, and knowledgeable. The horses so beautiful and lovingly cared for. And the site itself has been wonderfully restored. Not to be missed! Great for families, fully accessible for the elderly or mobility impaired, and for younger couples there's a small cafe and beer ;)

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yulius888, Community Manager at FWA at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you by_jess. Remember that you can get the Friends of Wirt Artna card from any of our four sites, and benefit from a good discount, as you will be able to go into all our attractions, including special events, for a whole year. Xulio Vazquez More

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