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Fort Rinella

St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11 , Malta
00356 21809713
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Ranked #1 of 2 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Although a little distance outside Valletta worth the 30min. bus ride.Built to house the biggest breech loading cannon in Victorian times it is being slowly restored by a charity.The demonstrations on various apects of life in the fort was interesting & the guide was very good at making things interesting & funny at the same time!

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Marsascala, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Make sure you are there for the 2pm show. Well kept and clean. Very good guide. Watch the DVD on the premises first. Very worth the visit even on a very hot day, and spent 3 hours there! Worth giving them a small donation to help with the upkeep of the fort and for the horses. They do a very... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Fort Rinella is well worth a visit - a small attraction , but worth spending a few hours there. Getting there is by the No 3 bus from Valetta bus station or taxi . Aim to arrive about 1330 as the main display starts at 1400 . The Fort is maintained and run by volunteers from the Malta Historic Society... More

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Like many we were persuaded to visit Rinella after reading the comments on Trip Advisor. Disregarding threatening rain we made the short trip from the City by bus and were dropped off outside the entrance. Even though we read the reports we were surprised by the format of the show and commitment of the participants. What a pleasure to find... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

If you are interested in big guns this is the place to go! The biggest mussel loading gun ever produced. The guide was very entertaining but also very knowledgeable. A demonstration of firing a cannon and cavalry skills and only 2euros. Only downside is that it is a little remote from other attractions but the Malta Travel bus takes you... More

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Nottingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We were unsure what to expect and were pleasantly surprised. We ended up spending 5 hours at the Fort and were busy and entertained throughout the time. All the talks and demonstrations were fun - lively, informative and interesting. They gave us a new insight into things that we thought we already knew. I was especially excited that I got... More

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Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Fort Rinella, which is a 19th century British fort, is a wonderful day out. The fort itself is very interesting and has been wonderfully restored and holds one of only two remaining 100 ton guns. There are many great re-enactment displays where the staff, dressed as soldiers from that period, show demonstrations of military parades, weapons, signalling and even horse... More

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Cheers Stephen H, We truly enjoy the work and try our best to accommodate all visitors to have fun with us. Understanding that the end result can take us further...show more realistic interpretations...reconstruct completely the fort and machinery to reach our very ambitious mission, we will never stop working hard to play hard :) Rgds Cleaven Desira More

Costa Calma, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We ended up going beacause we saw it`s the first rated attraction on Tripadvisor. It didn`t look like much from the outside, but once we started the 14.00 o`clock tour, it was awesome. The fort itself is well preserved, the live interpreters are very good and funny and we had a great time. Learned a lot, donated 5E and shot... More

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

Thank you Shepty. We will be improving even more soon the re-enactments and also the museum itself, so don't miss the opportunity of coming back one day and enjoy an even better experience. Xulio Vazquez More

Bucuresti
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Amazing presentation, nice people and a lot of history behind those walls. Try the 14.00 guided an animated tour!

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

kiikro2000- Thank you for your full rating vote, we appreciate your support and that's why we offer our services. Glad you enjoyed it... see you on your next holiday to Malta. Rgds Cleaven Desira More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

Learned about Fort Rinella via Tripadvisor but didn't saw many flyers in touristcenters. So we took a detour on our way to another attraction, after walking in we instantly noticed the amazing staff of Fort Rinella, also noticed this wasnt a 1hour stop.(it will if you dont follow the guided tour). When we walked in we where just in time... More

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Michiel H- awesome rating it's a pleasure to have you with us and welcome back when ever you like, it can only get better :). Rgds Cleaven Desira More

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