Fort St Angelo
Fort St Angelo
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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About
During the past thousand years, whoever gained control of Fort St Angelo could effectively rule the Maltese Islands. Strategically located on a hillock, at the end of the Birgu peninsula, the fort dominates the Grand Harbour. During the Second World War, Fort St Angelo offered protection against Axis air raids and suffered 69 direct hits. After the war, the fort continued to serve as the headquarters of the Royal Navy in Malta, until the last detachment of foreign forces departed Fort St Angelo in March 1979. Fort St Angelo offers spectacular panoramic views of the Grand Harbour and its surrounding fortified towns. Through traditional and innovative immersive displays, visitors can experience the colourful history and various architectural styles of this fort, together with staggering examples of artillery.
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  • Serena C
    Cheshire, United Kingdom880 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive!
    There was so much to see - both inside and outside, not to mention the amazing views over to Valletta, the other areas of the harbour and out to sea. It clearly defines how important this fortress was over the years. You can learn all about the history of Malta, who was in power and when, and some special exhibitions in the vaults.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 7, 2023
  • Ronald R
    Stromness, United Kingdom315 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Strong Fortress with great views over to Valletta.
    Interesting Fortress with good exhibitions in the lower halls. There are great views over Valletta and the rest of the 3 cities from the vantage points on the higher parts of Fort St Angelo. Originally a castle and rebuilt as the HQ of the Knights of St John. Such an iconic piece of Malta's history and the scene of key battles.Also it was the last british base on Malta and quite a lot of info throughout the fort about the British period. The keep, palace and the Chapel of St Anne are nice to wander around. We used the Malta discount card to half the entry cost, worth looking at purchasing if visiting Malta for a week or two and visiting lots of site. Nice walk along the harbour from the Harbour Gate to Fort St Angelo as well and not far from the ferry that goes to and fro between Valletta and the 3 cities worth doing and the night trip in the dark (November) was well worth doing. Cheap as well. Last thing there is a little ice cream truck at the entry to the gate and the ice cream was so good.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 26, 2023
  • tiggidodo
    Island of Malta, Malta21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Immersed headlong into a Time Machine
    Visited Fort St. Angelo at Vittoriosa, Malta, on Easter Monday and I was awestruck the instant I set foot inside this millennial fortification. Fort St. Angelo has a very long and turbulent history of sieges, attacks from the sea and later from the air during WWII and although it withstood all that came against it, it's walls and bastions still carry the scars of it's bravely fought battles. Up till 1979 HMS Fort St. Angelo was the HQ of the British Admiralty in the Mediterranean . Today it stands beautifully restored recounting a little of its vast history and enjoyed by all, young and old. Fort St Angelo enjoys 360 decrees of stunning views of Malta's Grand Harbour, the capital city, and the south of the island.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 13, 2024
  • artanis65
    Washington DC, District of Columbia29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most notable for its excellent views of Valletta
    Well worth a visit, mostly for the views. Unfortunately, the original fort that was present during the Siege of Malta in the 16th century is mostly missing, rebuilt into the modern fort that you can see today. On the day I visited, it was windy as all get out; I felt as if I would blow off the battlements. The walk to and from the fort is also very scenic. As you walk toward the fort along the water on the northeast side of the peninsula, there's some elevated walls that provide great views of a small harbor. I was there around sunset, and it was beautiful. On the walk along the other shore facing Senglea, there were enormous yachts docked just offshore. The whole peninsula is a pretty magical place, and one that I think is overlooked by many tourists, who seem to spend most of their time among the crowds in Valletta.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 16, 2024
  • Chuck R.
    San Clemente, California20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An impressive fortification with an intriguing history. Well worth the time.
    Fort St Angelo is an amazing structure that was originally a medieval castle and rebuilt by the Knights of St John in the 1500's after the emperor granted the Maltese Islands to the Knights of St John in an effort to protect Rome from Islamic invasion. We were amazed by the immense walls and the hundreds of years of history. It was bombed repeatedly during World War II. Highly recommend spending a couple of hours touring it.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 22, 2024
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Melissa
Prague, Czech Republic24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I really enjoyed my visit at Fort St Angelo! It's very big and has breathtaking views of Senglea and Valletta. It was not full of people when I went and I found myself wandering around very relaxed and at my pace without worrying about crowds. I really enjoyed my time there and learning about all the fort's history.
Written July 10, 2022
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hungaryforadventure
Columbus, OH58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
My husband and I visited Fort St. Angelo as part of a multi-site ticket that included the Inquisitor's Palace and the Tarxien Temples. Although Fort St. Angelo was the biggest site, I was least impressed with it. Standing at the fort helped me appreciate the strategic and military significance of the location and of Malta in general across millennia.

The fort would really appeal to a military history buff. I was less interested in the 20th-century military history and the architectural details of the structure of the fort.

I should note that my husband and I ended up going around noon on a very hot day, so we stayed in what shade there was and were desperate for AC. It would be smart to go at a cooler time of day and year!

The multi-site ticket is a good value, and I do recommend seeing all three locations!
Written August 2, 2022
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tiggidodo
Island of Malta, Malta21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Visited Fort St. Angelo at Vittoriosa, Malta, on Easter Monday and I was awestruck the instant I set foot inside this millennial fortification. Fort St. Angelo has a very long and turbulent history of sieges, attacks from the sea and later from the air during WWII and although it withstood all that came against it, it's walls and bastions still carry the scars of it's bravely fought battles. Up till 1979 HMS Fort St. Angelo was the HQ of the British Admiralty in the Mediterranean . Today it stands beautifully restored recounting a little of its vast history and enjoyed by all, young and old. Fort St Angelo enjoys 360 decrees of stunning views of Malta's Grand Harbour, the capital city, and the south of the island.
Written April 13, 2024
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RicherTrips
Monterrey, Mexico4,230 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
The most impressive part of the visit are the views, most of all, the Big Harbour and Valetta. But since you’re already there, visit the 3 rooms with documentary films displayed on loop.

They’re short (about 15 min) and very informative of Malta’s rich history. The use of space is creative, with the audience sitting on a Phoenician boat, and the film projecting on a sail; or sitting around a square, with projections on a wall and on the floor; for a moment, you get the feeling the sea will reach your feet.
Written February 7, 2022
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hellaalyshia
San Francisco, CA81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Lots of historical information if you want it, or you can traipse around the huge fort and enjoy the views. I enjoyed the video presentations (in air-conditioned rooms) as well as the views and recommend as a stop in the Three Cities. I especially liked the upper part of the fort with the gardens. The ticket is not expensive, especially if you get a combo ticket with the Inquisitor's Palace.
Written November 27, 2021
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Turner S
1,469 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
I think the museum at St Elmo was more informative and easier to get through. This had three very good videos summarizing the role of Malta and this particular fort in history. The focus was on the British period of Malta since they occupied this fort and made many renovations and additions. Nice views of the harbor. Worth coming to Three Cities to see it.
Written June 12, 2022
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Ronald R
Stromness, UK315 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Interesting Fortress with good exhibitions in the lower halls. There are great views over Valletta and the rest of the 3 cities from the vantage points on the higher parts of Fort St Angelo. Originally a castle and rebuilt as the HQ of the Knights of St John. Such an iconic piece of Malta's history and the scene of key battles.Also it was the last british base on Malta and quite a lot of info throughout the fort about the British period. The keep, palace and the Chapel of St Anne are nice to wander around.

We used the Malta discount card to half the entry cost, worth looking at purchasing if visiting Malta for a week or two and visiting lots of site. Nice walk along the harbour from the Harbour Gate to Fort St Angelo as well and not far from the ferry that goes to and fro between Valletta and the 3 cities worth doing and the night trip in the dark (November) was well worth doing. Cheap as well. Last thing there is a little ice cream truck at the entry to the gate and the ice cream was so good.
Written November 26, 2023
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Happy Canadian13
183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Truly wonderful views. Relatively large site. Interpretation centre is definitely worth visiting to seei short film about Malta through the centuries. Seating is in a "ship" and history is projected on the ship's sail. This is one of the approximately 20 sites included on the Malta Heritage Ticket. There is a small cafe on site and restrooms as well
Written September 26, 2022
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artanis65
Washington DC, DC29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Well worth a visit, mostly for the views. Unfortunately, the original fort that was present during the Siege of Malta in the 16th century is mostly missing, rebuilt into the modern fort that you can see today. On the day I visited, it was windy as all get out; I felt as if I would blow off the battlements. The walk to and from the fort is also very scenic. As you walk toward the fort along the water on the northeast side of the peninsula, there's some elevated walls that provide great views of a small harbor. I was there around sunset, and it was beautiful. On the walk along the other shore facing Senglea, there were enormous yachts docked just offshore.

The whole peninsula is a pretty magical place, and one that I think is overlooked by many tourists, who seem to spend most of their time among the crowds in Valletta.
Written May 16, 2024
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Maltasimon
39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
One of those places I’d always been meaning to visit and somehow never did…until last week. Wow! What took me so long?! What a fascinating two hours. A wonderful time spent exploring this amazing building I’d seen from across the harbour so many times. Very well-laid out trails full of interesting historical information, but not overwhelming. With every twist and turn I felt myself learning something new about the history of our island, and I discovered new perspectives too on the Grand Harbour and surrounding villages. To top it all off I had a kinnie at the cafe on the one table situated on the top deck, and I don’t think I've ever had a drink with such an incredible vista. 10 Euro well spent. Highly recommended
Written June 6, 2023
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