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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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this gun at fort rinella it was the biggest gun excisted in the first world war and still in working order/ nice place to visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

this gun at fort rinella it was the biggest gun excisted in the first world war and still in working order/ nice place to visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Called here, not really knowing what to expect(apart from the large gun). Fort Rinella is a really interesting and extremely enjoyable place to visit. Lots of interesting displays and talks/demonstrations to look at and listen to. The guides enthusiasm is infectious. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting Malta.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you enjoy military history, then look no further than this fort. The whole experience is superb and is a great full day out. When we were there the troops were all dressed in British soldiers' World War 1 uniforms which brought the whole experience alive. During the visit there are several demonstrations including the history of swords showing the... More 

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Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An unexpected pleasure. The guide staff at the fort are exceptional in their knowledge and enthusiasm for the history of the emplacement. The Chief Belgian guide has an enormous fund of knowledge and insight into the history of the 100 ton gun, arms through the ages including a full demonstration of weapons used over the last few centuries. One can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our Visit to Fort Rinella was by far my favourite day out during our three week stay in Malta, We arrived at the Fort on an extremely cold day in January we were the only visitors, for quite a while but that didn't matter to the amazing volunteer he carried on with the tour as if we were a group... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Fort is well worth a visit as only 12 Euros each and the volunteers make everything so interesting even if you don't find war etc interesting as I loved it. You can really tell that the volunteers love what they are doing and are passionate about it and it certainly rubs off. Even if you don't visit anywhere else... More 

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Kelso, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a captivating experience. The fort will take your breath away. The sheer size and scale of the gun alone are impressive, but the well preserved, fully restored fort is enough to easily fill half a day at least. The artifacts on display, some of which you can get your hands on (muskets and swords included) are very well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing time at Fort Rinella, learning all about the history of the fort and were able to join in on the experience with an interactive display of all the actual real ancient weaponary used in past time. The fort soldier Antione was very friendly and informative of what all the weapons were used for, he was just... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We purchased the 4 sites Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna (Malta Heritage Trust) ticket and were pleased we did. Together the 4 sites in the general Valletta area represent a real bargain for history lovers. Fort Rinella is easy travel via public transport from Valletta (Bus #3 Kalkara) get on and off at the same stop outside the fort (Fortizza) just after... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a hands on family fun day where you can learn some history into the bargain. Visiting a Victorian fort may not be on everyones list of must see activities but this would be to underestimate what a great interactive attraction this is. Enthusiastic and entertaining staff take you through the history of weaponry with opportunities to wave a... More 

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