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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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Second Visit and its still worth a look!!

We went to this place last year and have kept up with bits and bobs from them over the following 12 months through their Facebook page etc. We decided to go again this year and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Mike B
Blidworth, United Kingdom

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Blidworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went to this place last year and have kept up with bits and bobs from them over the following 12 months through their Facebook page etc. We decided to go again this year and were not disappointed. The people who work at this place are such a likable crowd and are really enthusiastic about what they do. Nothing is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited on multiple occasions over the last few years and are always fascinated by the interactive talks, demonstrations and re-enactments. Talks on swords, rifles, the history of the fort and the workings of the famous 100 tonne gun, plus cavalry demonstrations and the chance to fire a cannon. It is the best historical attraction on the island, and that is... More 

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Marsaskala, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The endless military shows put on in this fort shows what dedication the 'army' of young soldiers have. Once in a while, on special occasions, the cannon is fired in blank. What a roar!!

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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Spent 3 hours there. Gun is amazing. Tunnels everwhere ogo down. Superb gunnery displays, big guns as well as small arms. Exceptionally knowledgable staff, very very funny as well as informative. Fire the George IV 28 pounder cannon yoursel, extra 10 euro...try a 'soldiers meaL' Kids young and old will love it.Horses too

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Tetbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Best to get there by car. We did get there by bus but it was a while before we got one back to Valletta. Everybody was dressed in uniform and they kept well to the script. When one of the guys was talking about the history of swords, I rolled my eyes and thought this is going to boring, it... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Easily accessible by bus, Fort Rinella is a real gem. The small group of incredibly passionate staff are very knowledgeable about the history of the fort. There are various demonstrations throughout the day where visitors are able to participate. We thought it was going to be a couple of hours visit but it turned into a lot more, topped off... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having visited Malta for the last seven years we have been to most places. We have never been to Fort Rinella before, partly because we thought it was 'just a big gun' and also because it means taking a bus purely to go there and nowhere else, it's not really on the route to anywhere else. But that doesn't need... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent over 4 hours with loads to see! Guided tour was so animated and really kept my attention throughout it all. Fantastic work from the Foundation! Keep it up

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bus from Valletta stops at the Fortizza bus stop right in front of the Fort. The museum is interesting while the fellows who participate in the demonstrations are entertaining. I recommend getting there just before the 12:00 demo then wander through the museum and underground shelters until the 1:00 and 2:00 demos.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The guide we had made the experience great. Interesting history told my people that are passionate about their job. + They work with rescued horses and keep the place open only by donations, go there, have fun and help to keep the history alive !

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