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“We were worried it wouldn't be suitable for disabled people”
Review of Fort Rinella

Fort Rinella
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Kalkara
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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“We were worried it wouldn't be suitable for disabled people”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

Visited then fort with elderly relatives during a recent holiday, one of whom uses a wheelchair. We were concerned that it wouldn't be suitable for wheelchairs as it is an old fort and we couldn't find anything online to confirm disabled access. However, we needn't have worried. There is a road down to the entrance and even although it is a little steep, it is fully wheelchair accessible. Once in the fort, most of the demonstrations are carried out in the courtyard under a very appreciated shade. There are 3 steps up to the 100 ton gun but the guys working there Were very attentive and will lift the wheelchair and occupant up and down the stairs and also down to the video room underground. This may not be ideal for everyone but they do the best they can with their limited resources. The mounted demonstrations and cannon firing are carried out at the top of the fort accessed by the road giving fantastic views out to sea and the same view you get from the ramparts which are not accessible to wheelchairs. There are also some tunnels which would be difficult for wheelchairs but all in all, we were very impressed and grateful for the help. The demonstrations were very informative and interesting and even held the attention of my teenage son which is no mean feat! Well done guys, and good luck with the fundraising!

Visited July 2013
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yulius888, Custodian and guide of the FWA at Fort Rinella, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
Thank you AvsM8
We know a historical site has a lot of limitations for disabled people, but we try to make it always easy, and removing any access problemc to the main areas at least, because we take care of every visitor coming as we are running mostly because of you, and obviously for a disabled person is more complicated. We try to remove any kind of barriers even by lifting the wheel-chairs or anything we can do for providing the best experience to everybody

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Wisbech, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful site”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

A brilliant living museum packed with interesting facts and living demonstrations all presented by an enthusiastic and highly knowledgeable staff from around Europe. The site is well worth the entrance fee and for your hard earned money you can spend an entire day being highly entertained and taught about Victorian army life. A truly amazing day out!

Visited July 2013
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yulius888, Custodian and guide of the FWA at Fort Rinella, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
Thank you Gerry C
We are from a lot of different countries around Europe and that is allowing us to talk with the people from a lot of different countries even if the animated tour and displays are in english, we can interact more with people in their main language.

Xulio Vazquez
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Siggiewi, Malta
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“Great Experience”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

a really lovely, interesting day at Fort Rinella, a lot of hard work and dedication by all the team there, really great stuff for old and young

Visited July 2013
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yulius888, Custodian and guide of the FWA at Fort Rinella, responded to this review, August 27, 2013
Thank you fizzpic for supporting us on tripadvisor with your vote and comment.

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Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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“Fort Rinella: Excellent, informative and fun!”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

My boyfriend and I visited Fort Rinella three days ago whilst travelling around Malta. Not knowing what to expect we were positively surprised by the enthousiastic personel that showed us everything that originally happened at the fort. Military drills, rifle drills (icluding firing a real rifle for €5), horsetraining, firing a canon (which could also be fired for a small fee of 510) and lots of very interesting information on the fort and its 100 ton gun. A must see for everyone who visits Malta!

Visited July 2013
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yulius888, Custodian and guide of the FWA at Fort Rinella, responded to this review, August 24, 2013
Thank you RVanS_89
Good to know both of you have enjoyed your visit to Fort Rinella getting the chance of firing the Martini Henry. If you come to Malta, come and visit us again please.

Xulio Vazquez
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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“Excellent place to visit”
Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

It is one of the best attraction that i have come across. the reanactments is brilliant and you get to fire one of the guns that they have and you can fire a cannon. It is worth the €'s to get in. You can go from when it opens and spend the hole day there and not get bored.

Visited July 2013
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yulius888, Custidian and guide of the FWA at Fort Rinella, responded to this review, August 24, 2013
Thank you danicranney
We are proud of giving good memories to the public. If you've enjoyed don't forget that 4th May 2014 will be the firing of the big gun with a huge event taking place. If you can, don't miss the chance of coming back. And thank you for saying we are one of the best attractions you've ever visited.

Xulio Vazquez
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