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Review of Fort Rinella

Fort Rinella
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Kalkara
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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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Zurgena, Spain
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“What a hard working enthusiastic bunch of people.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

What more can be said, deservedly at number one on TA. The team are a hard working enthusiastic bunch of people who are passionate about what they are doing. They are all more than happy to answer any questions you might have and their miltary arms drills are credit to real soldiers. They werent bad horseman either!
Well worth more than the €10 entrance fee compared with poorer attractions on the island.
Perhaps a bit less pushing the donations might help, a bit more subtlety please.

Visited March 2014
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yulius888, Community Manager at FWA at Fort Rinella, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Thank you Alcazares48.
Glad to see that you have enjoyed your visit.
At the moment we need to encourage the donations because we are mostly running and moving forward with the money coming from the entrances, donations and so on. Hopefully one day, we will have loads of visitors with your help with reviews like this one, and we will be able to stop mentioning the donations as much as we do right now, I deserve to see the day coming soon.

Xulio Vazquez
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“best visitor attraction we visited.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

We went yesterday to fort rinella. It is 10 euros each , but worth it as long as you are there at 2pm for the reenactment. We arrived at 1.30 and had a look round the small fort area but there really is not much to see and so we were I initally disappointed. But the renactment is great. The staff obviously enjoy their jobs and were very enthusiastic as well as being knowledge able and eager to answer questions. The musketry demonstration was excellent as was the canon firing demonstration and horsemanship demo and indeed the whole thing which we were surprised lasted 2 and half hours.there is even a chance to fire an authentic victorian rifle for an extra 5 euros and light the canon for an extra10 euros, although only 3 places available for the canon. The commentary was informative and given with enthusiasm and humour. Thanks for a great afternoon s entertainment.

Visited March 2014
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yulius888, Community Manager at FWA at Fort Rinella, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Thanks to you HJ999 for coming to the Fort, and helping us to keep the hard work of restoring the Fort to its former glory.
Also thank you for your contribution here on TripAdvisor.

Xulio Vazquez
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Bugibba, Malta
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“Best day spent on Malta”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

Planned to visit Fort Rinella since a while, finally made it! Exceeded expectations, staff is very helpful, you can see they enjoy the show as well :D Informative, interesting, really good fun! Don't miss to try fire the Martini Henry rifle or the cannon... Time was flying, despite it was a bit breezy, i could spend even more time easily! Will be back, want to hear the 100 ton gun roaring! Thank you, keep up the good work!

Visited March 2014
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yulius888, Community Manager at FWA at Fort Rinella, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Thank you rockadvisor.
Please, come whenever you want, and think about getting the multi-site ticket, giving you access to Fort Rinella, but also to the Lascaris War Rooms, the Malta at War Museum and the Saluting Battery, also saving you up to 30% of your money.
This year the firing of the 100-ton gun will be May 1st, but if you are planning to come in another occasion, please feel free to check the different websites and Social Network profiles such as Facebok, Twitter, Google+, etc.

Xulio Vazquez
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Basel, Switzerland
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“Most enjoyable attraction so far”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

We just came back from a Fort Rinella and we loved it. The site itself would not justify the entrance fee but taking into account the reenactments we would actually gladly have paid more - and that's coming from two students that are travelling on a budget.

The 100 ton canon is really impressive and the view was too. What really made the experience so great were the people though. I have yet to meet more enthusiastic and friendlier staff. It was obvious that they all really cared for the project of restoring the Fort. When the bus back to Valletta was running late (or had already left?) one of the staff members actually gave us a lift to the next city!

Aside from that we also really like the context they provided. The reenactments never got boring even though they filled up more than two hours. I can imagine that even children would thoroughly enjoy it. Additionally they encouraged asking question and participation from the audience.

All in all we recommend the attraction for visitors of all ages. The money is totally worth it!

Visited March 2014
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yulius888, Community Manager at FWA at Fort Rinella, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Thank you Tatiana G.
We think that the value of the experience is amazing, but we are also concerned about this really difficult period we are passing through, so we keep the prices like before, even if we are offering more and better shows than before, everyday we are improving the experience with quality and different re-enactments.

Xulio Vazquez
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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

Came across this as part of a Malta Heritage Trust ticket to visit several sites, which we'd bought at a site in Valetta. Having a few hours to kill we took the bus to Fort Rinella. It was off-season (November), and only 2 other people got off the bus with us. We wandered past a field, down the entrance way, and through the fort's gateway. There were a few men in old army uniforms, who were cleaning their kit, who ignored us so we explored the fort. It was clear that there was a lot to look at, and we were happy to have visited, but it seemed nothing special. Having looked into all the parts we went back to where the uniformed men were. We were thinking of having a coffee, when someone said 'right, time for the demonstration, everyone outside'. About 10 visitors were led up the entrance to the field. The 'soldiers' formed-up, and it seems they were to fire a cannon for us - only after asking for volunteers to join the soldiers. They took us through the drill for cannon-firing, before it was fired (loud !). We were led back to the entrance, where we were fired-upon (blanks of course) by some of the team in the fort. Back in the fort we were treated to a display of soldiers drill, most interestingly with explanations of why the drill was done that way. That was followed by demonstration firing (blanks again of course) of muskets/rifles through the ages - again with excellent explanations. The tour continued to the 100-ton gun, which wasn't fired but explained. The soldiers, who we think were all volunteers, were apologetic they hadn't been able to demonstrate their team of horses pulling the gun carriage. We thought it was probably the best, and most impressive, events we've ever been to. I can't praise the team highly enough. We arrived about 11am, and departed about 3pm.

Visited November 2013
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yulius888, Community Manager at FWA at Fort Rinella, responded to this review, April 10, 2014
Thank you Keith R.
We are really busy in the morning for the preparation of the show, that is the reason maybe no one could stop with you for a couple of minutes in the beginning, but then as you could see we put all the effort for providing a really good experience.
Please, do come back whenever you want as we are always improving the shows, hopefully really soon we will be able to have our lovely horses carrying the cannons around, we are looking forward for it.

Xulio Vazquez
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