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Address: St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11 , Malta
Phone Number: +356 2180 9713
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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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We took the bus from Valletta and used our multipass entry ticket. This gave us entry to the Fort, Malta At War Museum, Lascaris War Rooms and the Saluting Battery. There is an... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took the bus from Valletta and used our multipass entry ticket. This gave us entry to the Fort, Malta At War Museum, Lascaris War Rooms and the Saluting Battery. There is an in costume soldier 'tour guide' who demonstrates the firing of a musket, takes you through the museum, then you see the firing of a cannon and, finally,... More 

Thank thabelro
Island of Malta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Informative and fun, the Rinella Battery has something for nearly every age group. Manned by an enthusiastic and dedicated team of young volunteers dressed in period uniforms, the guided tour and re-enactments/displays bring to life this fascinating Victorian military installation. Well signposted, there is ample road parking outside the fort. It is also served by public transport. Entrance fees are... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. It's one of the highlights of the island, but not hugely publicised, and we only really found out about it after visiting the war museum in Birgu. The fort itself is a bus ride away ( bus 3) from Valletta. Lots to see and learn, and some wonderful displays from the team there who... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic visit. Guides were knowledgable and guinuinely came across as being enthusiastic about their jobs. The display of the guns, with an opportunity to fire a rifle and smaller canon. The 100 tun canon, and cavalry display on retired polo horses was excellent. There is an opportunity to sponsor one of the ponies with a small donation and you receive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent - mainly thanks to the crew, which does a great job reenacting and talking about the fort with passion.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 July 23, 2016

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 July 20, 2016

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 July 15, 2016

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 July 15, 2016 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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