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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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Visited as part of a tour group. This trip was an optional extra. So glad we came , it was like stepping back in time. Our guide (Anton....? ) was awesome, he made the tour... read more

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited as part of a tour group. This trip was an optional extra. So glad we came , it was like stepping back in time. Our guide (Anton....? ) was awesome, he made the tour so interesting. He , and I assume every other guide, dresses the part, which makes it a great experience, not just a dull reciting of... More 

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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the fort today and the experience was truly fantastic. The road leading to the attraction is a little bewildering, but once you're there it is well worth the trip. It's truly an awesome historical experience and the guides are informative and fun. Special mention to Ben, as he was insightful and enthralling about the subject of soldiering and armoury... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This turned out to be a fantastic place to visit. I was unsure about €10 per adult but we went in anyway. We had no idea what to expect as we had found a brief description in a guide book. I would definitely recommend doing the guided tour but allow a couple of hours (sounds a long time but it's... More 

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Sykkylven Municipality, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

sadly closed but watch from distance some of the Things so was in the fort.interesting.not a very big fort this

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Lujar, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Did not expect as much historical information presented in a very interesting and informative way. The guides were very good to listen to and showed extensive knowledge about their subject. Opportunity to fire an old Martini rifle (for a small charge) and a bigger canon for a slightly higher charge. Lots to see a whole afternoon of entertainment.

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Redhill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We arrived mid morning by the no 3 bus from Valletta. Do ask the driver to give you a shout when the bus is nearby as we sailed by. It is not a large Fort but the staff and volunteers made it a wonderful day. Use the morning to look round and perhaps have a snack in their small cafe.... More 

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A great full day out well worth the entrance fee and wouldn't hesitate to donate more.The volunteer staff make it a superb day, extremely knowledgeable and the interactive displays are great with a chance to fire a rifle and cannon.5 Stars form me and my wife.If you like history and military history in particular this is the place for you... More 

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Cullompton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Its a bit of a trek by bus (route number 3) and we were unsure as to what to expect, however we came away delighted with the experience. Run by a very enthusiastic group of semi volunteers who are not only dressed in Victorian Army Uniform,they abide by Army rules and regulations of the time. We were given demonstrations and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have no words about the fort experience. Ibthink the one describes better is "OUTSTANDING". Congrats to the guys that gave us that magnificent experience!!! The one thing that i will always remember from Malta. Keep up guys and i hope your dream about the cannon mechanism soon to be reality!!! Again CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I've been a few times now and every time there is something new or has been enhanced. This time I had my partner with me for whom it was her 1st time. We had a great time. The 'guides' are informed, funny and friendly, especially as they are in Victorian military uniform in the summer heat. The tour at 2pm... More 

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