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Address: St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11 , Malta
Phone Number: +356 2180 9713
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Description: Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique...
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 Monday to Saturday!Throughout the year, from Monday to Saturday at 14.00Hrs 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-enacting including 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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Very interesting displays and talks by the uniformed staff. The 2PM display of arms, cannon and riding was good and the 'actors' knowledge and humour entertaining. Highlights... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Fort Rinella is situated to command shipping lanes and the mounting of an enormous canon clearly did that effectively. There is an effort made to present the information on a guide stick - which is supposed to give information in different languages triggered by points on the walk through. This would be a good idea if it worked - but... More 

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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Very interesting displays and talks by the uniformed staff. The 2PM display of arms, cannon and riding was good and the 'actors' knowledge and humour entertaining. Highlights firing the canon and an 1874 Martini Henry rifle yourself. One for the boys!

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

The new programme now bing done is very good .....you can now feel what its like to fire a martin henry rifle see the Armstrong gun now its fully restored and being used and the new display of mounted troops a fun day out and really good group of volunteers well worth the entrance fee and don't forget its next... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Seriously there is nothing there. A short walk from the entrance to an underground section. A corridor with nothing but locked gates and a couple of moths. A few replica weapons. I can't believe the reviews this place has. I can't think of anything more to say as it is hard to describe the absence of anything to do or... More 

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Get the number 3 bus from Valetta (25 mins ride, in air con, for 2 euros!), the bus stops right outside the fort (return buses every 1/2 hour). Admission price of 12 Euros could (and should, in our opinion) be more, as there is so much to see and do. The staff are all dressed in military dress and explain... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We arrived just after 10am and stayed until closing,my wife fired a Martini Henry Rifle and I won a prize on the archery range,the displays are excellent and the staff are as professional as any re enactors that I have seen in the UK,their knowledge of weapons and history is excellent,our son who has a Masters degree in history was... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Super review, that is our aim as to stay with us for a few unforgettable hours. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I have seen a reference to Fort Rinella on the MaltaAir flight and I have gone to see the fort with limited expectations. The fort and the 100-ton gun -- the largest Howitzer in the world -- were in a good condition. The staff in WWI uniforms re-enacted a number of drills and because I had to leave early, they... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, may we see you again on one sunny day. More 

Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

At first thought we would only be about an hour, yet because of the all the various demonstrations by well informed and very entheusiastic volunteers ,were there for 5hrs.They went through all the history of the fort , how it was defended and by who.They showed us weapons/swords/armour through the ages to guns(which you can actually handle) and fighting/marching/signalling demos.But... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Many thanks for staying on our historic day at the fort. More 

Lochwinnoch, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Had a visit to Fort Rinella on our last day on holiday in Malta. The whole family really enjoyed it. The team are great, knowledgeable and friendly. My 8 year old said it was his favourite thing to do in Malta. He volunteered for everything - swordfighting, bayonet practice and tried on the armour. The high point was when he... More 

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting so early and stay along. When your young lad reaches 16 years old, he could join us for a season to really experience the life of a Victorian soldier. More 

driffield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Road signs in Malta aren't great so it took us sometime to arrive at the fort. We had read a review in a magazine and this proved to be very accurate about the facility. Because it took us sometime to get there we actually arrived at the best time, 12pm. The Cafe isn't anything to write home about but the... More 

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Thank you for visiting our fort and supporting our cause, glad you enjoyed the display. More 

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Additional Information about Fort Rinella

Address: St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11, Malta
Phone Number: +356 2180 9713
Location: Europe  >  Malta  >  Island of Malta  >  Kalkara
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 12 - 12

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