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Fort Rinella

St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11, Malta
+356 7987 4153
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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 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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St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11, Malta
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I visited Fort Rinella together with my wife and our two-year-old son. Upon arrival we joined a tour by a guide dressed as a British soldier (19th century style uniform, I think). He probably guided the same tour hundreds of times, but you couldn't tell,...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We made our own way using the half hourly No 3 bus from Valletta. We had the place to ourselves (including the signals and bayonet demonstrations by Simon, dressed in appropriate military dress) until the courtesy transport arrived from the Shooting Battery in the middle...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was so much more than we had expected. We actually went to Fort Rinella as an add on to the Lascaris War Rooms and Saluting Battery on a discounted combined family ticket (and they gave us a free minibus ride from the Saluting Battery...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a fabulous day here. Everything, from the wonderful staff, to the tours of the fort to the firing of the guns made for a highly enjoyable day. For all those people out there who always wanted to fire an old time rifle - now's...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whilst visiting the Saluting Battery in Valletta watching the firing of the 32lb cannon at noon (€3pp), we were offered a combination ticket to also visit Fort Rubella, the Lascaris War Rooms and the Malta At War Museum (€25pp) which we bought. As it turned...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fort just a short drive from Valetta. It is run by people dressed as British colonial soldiers who take you on a tour of the fort explaining how and why things worked and the way that the defences worked. For an extra...More

Thank Dominik L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

we had a great visit to Fort Rinella, the museum is good and the reenactors provide an excellent demonstration. we stayed for a number of hours. The soldiers meal was excellent, we watched the demonstrations and my husband had the opportunity to fire the small...More

Thank NorthernStar37
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wasn't sure what to expect as it is my husband who loves military history. However, the staff and volunteers were so enthusiastic with both telling the story and reinactments, I had a really interesting and good time. Well done.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was amazing experience to visit the fort. I really felt like "back in time". We ate soldier's meal and it was good. And I really liked the soldiers(guides). 😁 I recommend the visit to everyone.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The last tie I was here was just over 2 yrs ago, I was really impressed with all the changes and the extent of work that has been done since then to restore this fort back to its former glory. The guys that work here...More

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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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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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Thank you for your query. Yes most of the fort is accessible to wheelchairs. The only parts which are not are the undergrounds.The historical re-enactments are held in an open arena so they are accessible too. we have... More
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