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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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Osby, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

A bit difficult to find but once we found it it was well worth the search!!! Fantastic place with staff who really put a lot of effort into it. We went as a family and everyone enjoyed every second of it.

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wiltshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

A great day out. All the lads were knowlegable, enthusiatic, and went out of their way to make your experience at Rinella to be a memorable and interesting day out. We were taught how to sword fight, and for a small fee fired guns and a cannon. Would recommend to anyone visiting Malta.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We are a family of 3 and bought the Malta Heritage family ticket which included a visit to Fort Rinella. The ticket is very good value for money and I would definitely recommend getting the ticket. We had a wonderful time here and would definitely return. The staff are superb and a real credit to the Fort....they make the visit... More

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Covilha, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Most entertaining place in malta!! Loved every recreation and the staff beyond amusing is very nice. Was my favourite place to visit.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Learnt everything I ever needed to know about the evolution of a gun! Delivery of the tour was superb - my children got to fire a Martini Gun and my son fired a cannon ! Easily the highlight of our twelve days in Malta. We'll be back when Betty is working

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Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Such a wide variety of excellent demonstrations put on by knowledgeable, funny and dedicated people. Demonstrations and talks ranged from the history of the fort, to the development of the rifles throughout the years (with working originals which visitors can fire) to the cannons and even horseback charging! They fit in so much for the price so excellent value for... More

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Letterkenny, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Went to fort rinella as my boyfriend wanted to see it...i was expecting a few sights and back out again..this place took me by suprise! The actors/tour guides were very good and put on great shows that brought history to life and made for a very enjoyable experience for both of us. I would highly recommend this tour for all... More

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Really interesting Fort from the British Victorian era. Beautifully restored. The staff clearly enjoy their role and play their part with passion - acting out the roles of Victorian soldiers, including demonstrations of the wide variety and history of the swords and a fencing demonstration.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

i loved it and to fire an old 18th century gun was great but it could of been better if transport came up on time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is an amazing day out as it has the best people running the museum. They bring history to life allowing you to touch and try out the real items. You can fire a cannon "yes a real one" you can touch swords. And fire a real Martini-Henry riffle "Michael Cane used a replica" Plus loads of other displays. Easy... More

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