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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband & I got the free transport from Baracka Gardens to here. When we arrived it didn’t look like much from the outside but when we got down to the main part it was excellent. We didn’t have much time so unfortunately we didn’t...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Natalie D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fort Rinella is a living museum cared for by the Malta Heritage Tust. It is open to the public and offers a very interesting display. You can go around independently but the knowledge and enthusiasm of the guides is inspiring and engaging. There is a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank Jan E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 5 hours here. We had events at 12 Noon, 1pm and 2pm. The first two were about 25 minutes each and we had demonstrations of guns and bayonets from the British Army over the years. At 2pm we had a guided tour of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Ken B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a fantastic place to visit. On arrival I thought we would be there for about an hour but the guides made it so interesting that we were there for over 3hrs. Whilst getting time to go through the museum there were live demonstrations of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Malcolm G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The ticket to Fort Rinella (also known as Rinella Battery) includes an audio tour, hourly re-enactments (which also allow you to shoot a 19th century musket) and also a guided tour through the battery. It never gets boring and you can easily enjoy yourself for...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Mo_GIie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our trip to Fort Rinella started with a tour of the 100ton gun and its workings. We were shown the magazines, and given a thorough explination of how the gun would have been used. Following this we were given an interesting explination of how various...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Alex G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the 12:30 free transport from the Saluting Battery in Valletta and caught the no.3 bus at the stop directly outside the venue after, to get back to Valetta. Thinking we would be there for an hour, we were surprised how good the tour...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank beth1957
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great afternoon on this trip. Went not expecting too much as it was a spur of the moment thing but I arrived just in time for the bayonet display and things immediately got interesting. Really well presented and rest of the tour was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank GreigM29
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We started our visit at 11am, expecting to spend an hour or two at most; how wrong could we be, leaving at closing time in the afternoon having thoroughly enjoyed our visit. A lot of hard work has obviously been done by a dedicated band...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Mark G
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Date of experience: November 2018
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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.
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Fort Rinella & the 100 ton gun (3 Replies)
Hi I want to visit this place in a few weeks time to mainly check out the big gun, any info/opinions would be helpful. How to get there by bus, entrance fee etc. The web site says that guided tours cost 8 euros, but I just want to get in, look around, and of course get up close to the 100 tonner. I saw the only other 100 tonner in Gibraltar last year and they are mighty awesome things. I've just got to see this other one. cheers Ntd
April 02, 2008|
Response fromScubapro1957|
I went there last year and considering I'm not a person that particularly touristy things I enjoyed it simply because of the gun. Thy have enactment shows at various times of the day too. I drove there but did see people standing in a rather isolated spot waiting for a bus. here really isn't anything near it. The 100 tonner is a good photographic opportunity.
Andrew M
Bus Questions (4 Replies)
Could anyone advise what bus goes from either Sliema or Valletta bus station to the three cities and a suitable point to get off to explore the area Additionally is there a bus from Sliema or Valletta bus station to Fort Rinella
May 14, 2017|
Response fromthetravellingmanUk|
Bus route number 2 or 3 from Valletta. There is also the option of a short ferry trip from Valletta to The Three Cities. Perhaps going by bus and returning by ferry or vice Versa? Im sure someone else here can advise of the best places to get off for sightseeing and hopefully answer the rest of your questions. Good luck
Don't forget the 100 ton gun! (7 Replies)
Hi all. Yes the 100 ton gun (& brilliantly restored ack ack gun) & associated museum is only £1 entrance and very good too. The only other surviving 100 tonner is at Fort Rinella in Malta and it costs some 8 euros to see that. Just to say that you also get free entry to the 100 ton gun with your cable car upper nature reserve ticket. Yes the cable car is expensive, but remember only get a one way ticket if visiting the cave, seige tunnels, moorish castle etc. The person selling...More
July 23, 2009|
Response fromllanitaSunflower|
Thanks for that, I've never been to the 100 ton gun and I think it sounds good. Where exactly is it? Is it near Rosia Bay?