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Fort Rinella

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

Full of history and a great experience. Of course, the highlight is the Armstrong Gun - yes it is enormous - and I can only imagine what it might be like when it is actually fired (we visited quite late in the day so can't...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had a great experience at Fort Rinella! The guides all in authentic uniforms take you back to days gone by with their enthusiasm. This experience is completed with the traditional soldiers meal. Free transport from Malta at War museum! Or Lescaris War rooms. All in...More

Thank Niels K
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Reviewed yesterday

This is my second vist to Fort Rinella. It was as fun and educational as the first time. My first time out to the Fort was about 4 years ago, since then they have done more work to show how they lived and worked in...More

Thank Phil T
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was our second visit to Fort Rinella after enjoying our first visit a few years ago. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the soldiers lives defending their country. The exhibits were well set out with clear explanations and...More

Thank Sue H
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited Fort Rinella last week. This original fort built in the 19 th century houses the biggest cannon that has ever been built. The fort is being renovated and money raised from entry fees, the cafe and sale of souvenirs goes towards these renovations....More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I like history. A student of history feels a firmer grip of an uncertain future if one is able to appreciate the blunders of the past. Fort Rinella is a great example of late 19th century/early 20th century arms races. The items on display contain...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to Firt Rinella. The tour guides, soldiers and other staff we so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Happy to stop and chat and share their knowledge. The demonstrations are great, really interesting and enjoyable. Beautiful setting too and great views. Would definitely...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

What an excellent day out, there is a free bus pick up from Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valetta, if you book your ticket from the Saluting battery, beware they DO NOT do a return trip. you have to get the number 3 bus. The tour...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Went here with my husband, neither of us really knowing what to expect. We were both really surprised and delighted to have a tremendous few hours here. It’s all about the fort having been a Victorian battery to keep the 100 ton gun safe and...More

Thank GHBH
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The staff were very knowledgable and engaging, intent on reaching visitors on a personal level. This was our second visit and although I was looking forward to the cavalry demonstration the experience was varied and really informative. Each time someone had a more probing question...More

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Foxtrot426
June 19, 2018|
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Response from Andrew G | Reviewed this property |
about 2 hrs however when we went from the saluting battery we had to wait 50 mins till the guide started at 2pm
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JoseSammut
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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September 18, 2015|
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Response from Mario F | Property representative |
Yes 80% of the fort is accessible to wheelchair users. please do not hesitate our staff at the gate to help you out if you need to. our soldiers will also be very happy to assist you once you reach the fort.
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