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Fort Rinella

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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...more
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St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11, Malta
+356 7987 4153
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A very interesting and comprehensive visit- full of variety and a lovely museum- all personnel very informative

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank patrowley1
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Ran out of time to visit, though it would've been interesting. A beacon on the waterfront and a historic reminder of the British past with its 100-ton gun.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank AliceR641
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting and informative carried out by professional volunteers. Excellent displays and hands on experiences. A must for any history interested person or youngster yearning knowledge of the past.

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank ijg55
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very interesting visit to see an example of the Armstrong 100 ton gun which I believe is the last one remaining. We arrived just before one of the scheduled tours which was worth doing as the guides really help to explain the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Marksweaver
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on a very wet and rainy day but fort Rinella has a great set of staff and guides. They made the visit interesting despite the rain. There were demonstrations of small arms and a guided tour of the 100 ton gun and its...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Go94640
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Informative and very well put together tour. No need to explore by yourself as it is so much better doing it with the guides. I was able to fire a musket from 1854 ( highlight of my trip!). Well worth doing.

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Allison B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very well kept. Guided tour very well explained. simply excellent, i recommend it, one of its kind in the world.

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Tour137530
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the museum here is not very modern, the signage is cramped into very small plates, so that you need to bend low and try to figure out what's what on display, their other museums like Malta at War are a lot better equipped. it's a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tatianskaia
Mario F, Owner at Fort Rinella, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Tatianaskaia, Thank you for your visit and review but I beg to reply. Fort Rinella is not strictly a museum but a living history museum in case you didn't notice. I wonder where you have seen any cramped signage and small plates as our interpretation/story...More

Reviewed January 10, 2019 via mobile

Before I begin, you will be shot at!!! Only with blank rounds though fortunately. So it might be a precaution to ask for ear plugs for very young children or those with hearing issues. I arrived here onboard a free bus arranged by this amazing...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JNewman93
Reviewed December 29, 2018 via mobile

Boys loved it and on the tour got to fire a rifle. Visited just before the tour starting at 2pm finishing at 4pm which was plenty time.

Date of experience: December 2018
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December 26, 2018|
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Response from Llewellyn53 | Reviewed this property |
Get the free bus there when you buy your multi site entry ticket then catch public transport back at the bus stop out the front. You may want to check bus scheduling before you leave the fort so you don't have to wait long
June 19, 2018|
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Response from John D | Reviewed this property |
Main tour is about an hour. Also talk/demo on history of rifles for 30 mins and firing of a smaller canon. You can also wander round and have a snack. Took about 2 to 2 and a half hours in total.
November 1, 2015|
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Response from yulius888 | Property representative |
Once a year on May 5th or closest Sunday. A 20 kilogram blank charge is fired but it is loud enough
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Fort Rinella & the 100 ton gun (3 Replies)
Hi I want to visit this place in a few weeks time to mainly check out the big gun, any info/opinions would be helpful. How to get there by bus, entrance fee etc. The web site says that guided tours cost 8 euros, but I just want to get in, look around, and of course get up close to the 100 tonner. I saw the only other 100 tonner in Gibraltar last year and they are mighty awesome things. I've just got to see this other one. cheers Ntd
April 02, 2008|
Response fromScubapro1957|
I went there last year and considering I'm not a person that particularly touristy things I enjoyed it simply because of the gun. Thy have enactment shows at various times of the day too. I drove there but did see people standing in a rather isolated spot waiting for a bus. here really isn't anything near it. The 100 tonner is a good photographic opportunity.
Andrew M
Bus Questions (4 Replies)
Could anyone advise what bus goes from either Sliema or Valletta bus station to the three cities and a suitable point to get off to explore the area Additionally is there a bus from Sliema or Valletta bus station to Fort Rinella
May 14, 2017|
Response fromthetravellingmanUk|
Bus route number 2 or 3 from Valletta. There is also the option of a short ferry trip from Valletta to The Three Cities. Perhaps going by bus and returning by ferry or vice Versa? Im sure someone else here can advise of the best places to get off for sightseeing and hopefully answer the rest of your questions. Good luck
Don't forget the 100 ton gun! (7 Replies)
Hi all. Yes the 100 ton gun (& brilliantly restored ack ack gun) & associated museum is only £1 entrance and very good too. The only other surviving 100 tonner is at Fort Rinella in Malta and it costs some 8 euros to see that. Just to say that you also get free entry to the 100 ton gun with your cable car upper nature reserve ticket. Yes the cable car is expensive, but remember only get a one way ticket if visiting the cave, seige tunnels, moorish castle etc. The person selling tickets...More
July 23, 2009|
Response fromllanitaSunflower|
Thanks for that, I've never been to the 100 ton gun and I think it sounds good. Where exactly is it? Is it near Rosia Bay?