Napier of Magdala Battery
Napier of Magdala Battery
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History, in decay!
4.0 of 5 bubblesMay 2023
This site is also known as Nelson's Anchorage, and Nelson's Battery Seeing the 100 ton gun at this location was one of my principal reasons for visiting the Rock. Some years ago I visited Malta and was bowled over by the sister gun in Fort Rinella. Regrettably this gun is not in such good condition. At present it is in sore need of Tender Loving Care, but I suspect there is a shortage of finance for such a project. On arrival I found the Ticket Office easily, but it showed little sign of use, and no staff whatsoever. As I looked around I did see a lady who looked to be janitorial. She indicated that I could go on in, and in fairness the location is neat and relatively tidy. Once inside the entrance there are a couple of rooms given over to the 25pdr field gun and its current use as a funeral carriage for military funerals. Moving deeper you start to meet an interesting, and informative series of posters detailing the construction and use of the gun. The passage leads you through to the base of the gun itself, and thus to the gun position in its entirety. The gun is, at best in modest condition. It has been painted but there is evidence of rust under the paint. You can roam the site, and there is some access to the sub turret housing the hydraulic ramrod, regrettably now missing, but still helping to illustrate the operation of the gun. Within the gun position there is a 3.7in Heavy Anti Aircraft gun, the last I believe of a battery of 4 from WWII; whilst in better condition than the 100ton gun, it is heavily covered in guano. Overall, a very interesting site, particularly for anyone interested in Victorian coastal defence, as I am, but disappointing in terms of its future prospects.

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Epsom, UK1,122 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Decided to stop and visit the 1000 tonne gun as I was nearby. The museum gives some information on the construction of the gun and how it would have been fired, before you get to see the gun itself which isn't as big as I'd anticipated but still large. If you aren't interested in guns or military history its probably not worth a visit.
Written August 7, 2021
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Ursula 2909.
Dublin, Ireland567 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
Dropped in to see the big gun and it was huge, very impressive. It was cheap to enter, only £1 and an interesting exhibition, although quite small. Gun is outside at back and there is a beautiful view of the sea. There are also toilets on site. Spent thirty minutes there. Glad I saw it, while in Gibraltar.
Written February 22, 2018
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Sandra M
Henderson, NV409 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This was one of the 1st stops on our day tour. It was interesting to read the bits about this gun & see the views. I would say it is worthwhile for the whole history of the area.
Written January 5, 2020
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GT-Pattison
Kent, UK46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I only went as it was part of the Nature Park ticket and I was walking to Rosia Bay. I couldnt find it at first and walked right past it to Rosia Bay, I looked at my map when at RB and noted I had walked right past it. It is badly signposted. It is an impressive sight, but it needs a lick of paint as do most of Gibs batterys. Gib makes a big deal of its military heritage and rightly so but so many batterys I visited are flaking, covered in pigeon poo and need a spruce up which isnt a big job.
Written August 27, 2019
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Claire F
51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We had the battery to ourselves as it is quite a walk from town. Lovely views. The man there was so helpful & printed out some information about the 100 ton gun for my father who was so pleased, his interest was the reason for our visit. The battery & the information displayed in the museum were in good condition. No cafe only a water vending machine & no cafes near by but there is a bus stop outside the police station which goes back to town if you don't want to walk.
Written August 15, 2019
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Linda R
Nottingham, UK776 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
We visited the 100 ton gun as it was part of the Upper Rock fee which we had already paid, otherwise it was only £1 entrance fee. Although the museum inside was self explanatory, when we went outside to view the gun there was seagull excrement all over the place (more than a day old). The outside area not very well kept. The only other 100 ton gun is in Malta which we have seen and is in a much better condition.
Written July 15, 2017
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simon m
Manchester, UK721 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Family
You couldn't make this up if you tried.
Also known as the Armstrong Gun as Willium Armstrong made the Armaments.
It was made in 1870 & originally 4 were produced, 2 for Gib & 2 for Malta.
The Gun actually weighs 20,680 kg.
The gun is 9.953 mitres long.
The barrel's maximum diameter is 1.996 mitres wide.
The gun cost £35.000 in 1870 that is mega bucks for its time i'm frightened to think what that is in todays money.
There is a small museum at the start giving you allsorts of interesting but ultimately useless information.
There is a £1.00 entrance fee but as the person collecting the fee was on his lunch we got in for free, wow.
We spent a total of 10 minutes max walking round the huge gun which is a little boring to look at especially as the gun was never fired in anger after all the nonsense,
Written April 4, 2016
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Jane C
Sheffield, UK428 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Worth a visit to understand the logistics of moving and shooting such a huge gun. A simple display giving the history of this gun and then the gun itself aiming across the bay. Use your imagination and go back in time
Written March 5, 2015
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24229540
Weymouth, UK200 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This site is also known as Nelson's Anchorage, and Nelson's Battery
Seeing the 100 ton gun at this location was one of my principal reasons for visiting the Rock. Some years ago I visited Malta and was bowled over by the sister gun in Fort Rinella.
Regrettably this gun is not in such good condition. At present it is in sore need of Tender Loving Care, but I suspect there is a shortage of finance for such a project. On arrival I found the Ticket Office easily, but it showed little sign of use, and no staff whatsoever.
As I looked around I did see a lady who looked to be janitorial. She indicated that I could go on in, and in fairness the location is neat and relatively tidy.
Once inside the entrance there are a couple of rooms given over to the 25pdr field gun and its current use as a funeral carriage for military funerals.
Moving deeper you start to meet an interesting, and informative series of posters detailing the construction and use of the gun. The passage leads you through to the base of the gun itself, and thus to the gun position in its entirety.
The gun is, at best in modest condition. It has been painted but there is evidence of rust under the paint. You can roam the site, and there is some access to the sub turret housing the hydraulic ramrod, regrettably now missing, but still helping to illustrate the operation of the gun.
Within the gun position there is a 3.7in Heavy Anti Aircraft gun, the last I believe of a battery of 4 from WWII; whilst in better condition than the 100ton gun, it is heavily covered in guano.
Overall, a very interesting site, particularly for anyone interested in Victorian coastal defence, as I am, but disappointing in terms of its future prospects.
Written June 3, 2023
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Dave B
Manchester, UK564 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Stopped of here whilst on a coach trip,steeped in history, lovely views,pretty busy with tourists but well worth a visit.
Written December 30, 2019
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