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Address: St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11 , Malta
Phone Number:
+35679874153
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique...

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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A Real Blast of History

Having first visited this attraction a number of years ago, I can absolutely say it is improving all the time. The main feature for me is the boundless enthusiasm displayed by the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Crewkerne, United Kingdom
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Crewkerne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having first visited this attraction a number of years ago, I can absolutely say it is improving all the time. The main feature for me is the boundless enthusiasm displayed by the staff and volunteers, many of whom are in period dress, for helping create an"experience" for any visitor. It is worth spending as long as it takes to capture... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited the Fort on 22/03/2017 ,thought i would spend no more than an hour or so ,what a surprise ! ,was there nearly 4hours , Credits to all the staff and volunteers for the show put on , the exhibits on display ,a very enjoyable visit . After speaking to staff about future plans for the site/museum and i sincerely... More 

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a real hidden gem...The staff are all dressed in period uniforms and dress and are really enthusiastic about the fort and its history. We arrived at the fort at about midday and took the opportunity to look around the fort. Every 30 minutes there was a different demonstration with one of the staff showing us some of the... More 

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Krakow, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I just wanted to see the big gun and was much surprised by the whole museum. It is necessary to come for the tour that starts at 4 o'clock though. I am not going to say much as all of 100 5 star reviews probably do them justice already. My three cents would be that i spent more money than... More 

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Thank rudolfmiczka
North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The 100 ton cannon was interesting enough but what made this trip worthwhile was the awesome hands-on presentations that brought history to life. The guides/performers were dressed in British military uniforms and provided live weapons demonstrations that kept my whole family entertained. They let you handle real weapons and even fire blank rounds out of vintage guns and cannons. We... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Never even thought about going here but was part of the £25 combination ticket. Glad I did. Such a lot to see and the staff gave us so much information. Nothing too much trouble. Out the way but can get a bus to the front door or a free shuttle bus fro the other sites. Thank you for a great... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was supposed just a start of a journey along three cities, but appeared a very interesting and amusing attraction itself. Spent good 3 hours there - observed a huge gun with its supplies and surroundings, including a small still informative museum, walked around the fort and enjoyed a great performance of the leading actor named Antoine a lot! History... More 

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Thank Krassava
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whether 8 or 80 this is a truly fascinating, informative and extremely entertaining visit. Yes it seems quite small at first but I spent many a happy hour wandering about and with the various demonstrations and guided tours you really wont be dissapointed. A true "Must Do!"

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Thank Nick B
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a recent trip to Malta spotted a leaflet containing details of Fort Rinella and went along to see what it was all about. What an excellent choice. Firstly it is a little difficult to find as it is up a back road from the Three Cities but once you get there outside the main gate there is plenty of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

OMG! It was fantastic, Shooting guns, brilliant tour guides, british empire stories, british army stories and of course the BIG GUN, best museum i've been too in a long while

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