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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed February 24, 2011

This is the fort built specifically to house the Armstrong 100 ton gun - a muzzle loading cannon which was capable of firing a 1-ton shell a distance of 8 miles! The fort is being sympathetically restored, the gun is still there, and you get...More

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yulius888, Custodian and guide of FWA at Fort Rinella, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2013

Thank you 33grumpy for taking your time to vote and comment about your experience with us. Don't miss the oportunity of visiting us again, because a lot of things have changed from your visit, and this year will be and explendid year for coming again,...More

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed July 27, 2015 via mobile

Seriously there is nothing there. A short walk from the entrance to an underground section. A corridor with nothing but locked gates and a couple of moths. A few replica weapons. I can't believe the reviews this place has. I can't think of anything more...More

3  Thank iutbsco
CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2015

We are very sorry to read this. F.W.A The Malta Heritage Trust team and volunteers work very hard to reconstruct such neglected sites. You might be complaining on scaffolding and work in progress but, luckily the fort is open even if it's Summer's highest temperatures....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Visited at the start of November, having visited the Lascaris war rooms and buying the multi site pass (which would recommend). After a morning at the saluting battery, took the included free transport to Fort Rinella, accompanied by one of the staff, Simon, who couldn't...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

After a week spent in Malta this was probably the best attraction we've visited. The children were delighted as well. It should at any case be visited about 2 o'clock PM in order to enjoy the tour.

1  Thank sdashka
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was hands down the best historical location day out that we have ever had. The staff and volunteers clearly love the place and work tirelessly to make the day fun, interactive and very enjoyable. It's an easy journey here on the number 3 bus...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited towards the end of Oct 2018 on the recommendation of a few friends who had been, and we were really glad we did. The Fort is a treasure trove of history, and the staff that run it are both enthusiastic and knowledgeable. There's...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were met by a sentry in period dress who saluted us as we walked in and it got better! A talk on the history and muskets and a chance to fire a genuine 1800 something weapon! Wish I had now Then a tour of...More

1  Thank MikeC110
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Totally worth the 12 euros. You get to see the whoe, fort including the 100 Ton Gun, a BIG Exhibition about the British army during the Victorian Era and 5 Tours explaining Guns, Swords, Signaling and other thinsg about the Victorian British Military and Fort...More

1  Thank Zar A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I visited Fort Rinella as a part of the 4 historical sights in Valletta. Of all the ones we saw, I would probably say that Fort Rinella was the best. It was interesting and the odd joke was cracked which kept the...More

1  Thank UpNorthPaul
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Big gun ! The staff are in uniform which makes the place more interesting. They have a in depth knowledge of the location and are full of information about the Fort. Learnt a great deal here. Well worth the visit

1  Thank John S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place, amazing friendly well informed staff. Lunch and refreshments available. Great fun firing a Martini Henry 57 Rifle. Museum interesting and the largest cannon in the world to look at. Constable Richard brilliant and informative and Davies (Corporal Jones), excellent.

1  Thank rockchickNorthWales
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not what we expected but in a good way. There were various demonstrations and displays by highly enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers that literally bought the whole place to life. Well worth a visit.

2  Thank sharonw12
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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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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.