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Address: St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11 , Malta
Phone Number: +356 2180 9713
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

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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Excellent - Well worth the bus ride

Nineteenth century fort with a hundred ton gun. Informative talks, tours and re-enactments by the knowledgeable curator and his team. Extensive displays about the Victorian... read more

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

Nineteenth century fort with a hundred ton gun. Informative talks, tours and re-enactments by the knowledgeable curator and his team. Extensive displays about the Victorian British army. A small café where you can sample army food, if you’re brave enough, or local Maltese snacks, we just had coffee and cakes. The opportunity to fire vintage fire arms, rifles or a... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very interesting and extremely enjoyable visit to this Fort, mainly due to the knowledge and enthusiasm of the volunteer staff. The horse displays were paticularly good. Its a wee bit off the beaten track but well worth a visit, you won't be disappointed.

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Whitley Bay, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This remnant of the days when the British Empire ruled the Mediterranean was great to visit. The great 100 ton gun there was one of four built by Armstrong in Newcastle to control the route to the Suez Canal. Two were placed at Gibraltar and two more overlooking the harbour at Valletta.

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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I did not know what to expect when I booked my visit to this fort. But I was to be pleasantly surprised at what was to unfold. We were met inside the fort by our tour guide and for the next hour or so he kept us informed and amused by his explanation of the history of the place. He... More 

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Larnaka District, Cyprus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a not of profit attraction, but it is well maintained and the staff are excellent. we were only going to stay an hour, but found it exciting and interesting.

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Ashford, Kent UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was part of a guided tour around Malta. No one was more surprised than me as to how interesting a visit to a 100 ton gun could be. Anton, our guide, was excellent; dressed in Victorian military dress he had us all standing to attention. The fort is in the process of being renovated but is still worth a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fully enjoyable experience. Guide fantastic and his knowledge about the fort in Victorian times amazing. Explains things clearly and loved questions being asked. Explains clearly about muskets and guns and cannons and how they have changed through the years. He also explains about swords. You can actually fire a musket and a cannon. We got a multi ticket which... More 

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Fort Rinella as part of a multi access ticket with 3 other attractions. It wasn't our first choice of places to go, but as we'd paid we went along. What a fabulous tour! Our guide Antoine, was amazing, telling us the history of how to build fortifications, the most complete explanation of the development of guns and cannons,... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Fabulous hidden gem with very engaging & knowledgeable staff that provide a lot of great information, don't be deceived by view from pay booth at the top. There are plenty of tourist rip offs in Malta, this certainly isn't one of them. We got just after 11am and welcomed by Anton? He made the tour so interesting which makes it... More 

Thank Cricketman_10
Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

You can really tell that they are passionate about their jobs there. They showed so much dedication and hard work. The firing of a gun and a cannon was definetly also a highlight.

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