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Address: St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11 , Malta
Phone Number: +356 2180 9713
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Amazing 100-ton Gun and informative history

I visited the place with my wife in the morning. It is a sunny day. Entrance fee €10 adult-viewing the rinella, the 100-ton Armstrong gun, being the world's largest muzzle-loading... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Gaetano A
Malton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited the place with my wife in the morning. It is a sunny day. Entrance fee €10 adult-viewing the rinella, the 100-ton Armstrong gun, being the world's largest muzzle-loading cannon about 35feet (11 metres) long. We enjoyed the historical re-enactment displays which were inclusive in price. We had a guided tour and a film show in different languages-it was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

WOW. How can you put into words what a great time we had. The history of this fort is amazing. The staff are real friendly & helpfull. The cafe sells great homemade cakes. The different shows they put on are infomative & funny at the same time. You can even fire 1 of the original rifles made in the 1800s.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Catch the number 3 bus to Fort Rinella. Entry was 10 Eur, stay for the daily canon firing (not the 100 ton canon, that happens only once a year) and cavalry drill display and wander round after. The tour and displays are conducted by enthusiasts and they have extensive military history knowledge. You can also get up close with the... More 

Thank Triphound666
Corby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

location of 100 ton guard which guarded Valetta guide brilliant in explaining development of rifles and guns opportunity to fire martini rifle and even cannon

Thank gedmchugh51
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Would thoroughly recommend to anyone with an interest in historical warfare and buildings. The display cabinets are well organised and the items contained inside are explained in great detail with added facts & anecdotes by the knowledgable & engaging volunteers. For a €5 donation you can fire an antique rifle & for a €10 donation, fire one of the cannons... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is an entry fee but it is worth every penny because it is a non profit organisation and the people are so passionate to restore this place and give a real feeling of the past, that you feel good to spend this money. The guides are fantastic with demonstrations. If you want to ear or drink something there is... More 

Thank Imke C
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth an afternoon the guide is very knowledgeable and amusing, held our attention for several hours, privately run all recipts put back into building. Interesting horse riding display to add some variation on a typical museum. Kids and adults will love it. Even a chance to fire a real musket. Don't be fooled by the scruffy approach through kalkara... More 

Thank nickc607
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The live museum gives an insight into life at the fort in the 17th century. The visit is interesting, informative, and entertaining.

Thank Brian F
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our visit. The live museum experience is unusual for us but it really adds something. The staff are passionate and knowledgeable. Definitely a highlight of our visit to Malta (although the other museums we've been to have all been good too). This place is suitable for adults and children. Its not massive but the displays and guides... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is an entry fee, and the history of this Fort is well worth the visit. There are demonstrations which are free, and the size of the 100 tonne gun that is part of the Forts long history is also a must see

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