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Address: St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11 , Malta
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+356 2180 9713
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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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An absolute must and well worth the bus ride!

We had a fantastic time at Fort Rinella, arriving at 10 in the morning and leaving as the gates closed at 5pm. The staff are wonderful - friendly and amusing and so passionate... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a fantastic time at Fort Rinella, arriving at 10 in the morning and leaving as the gates closed at 5pm. The staff are wonderful - friendly and amusing and so passionate about everything they do. We loved the demonstrations about bayonets, swords, canon and our 14 year old son was deliriously happy to have the chance to fire... More 

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

We loved it here, we had an amazing day and it was excellent value! The staff are very passionate about what they do and, considering they are mainly volunteers, this is awesome! You get the bus from Valetta. Sorry can't remember the number but get a leaflet from your accommodation and it should tell you how to get there. Otherwise,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm a military history nut so of course a fort with the biggest gun of the Victorian age appeals to me, but my other half doesn't share my enthusiasm for big shooty things. However, she loved the guided tour and was just as keen as I was. Our guide couldn't have been any more enthusiastic, it was a very educational... More 

1 Thank Matthew D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As all other reviews have said really nothing to add ..just go ! Good reason to go to Three Cities as well as a lot of people don't bother. My son just loved it especially firing a rifle..big respect to staff.

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

Really recommend a visit to this place! My partner is really into museums - I like learning things, however, often I can't be bothered walking round somewhere reading and reading and reading. However, if you visit this place at certain times of the day (check their website), you can get an animated tour by the staff who are all dressed... More 

1 Thank Nikki G
Farnborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Fort is quite small however the group of volunteers who run it are really good. The tour is well run and very informative, maybe a little too much on the begging for extra money but they did give something in return the chance to fire weapons. The guide is very enthusiastic and gave the best presentation of how guns... More 

Thank Claireason
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time at Fort Rinella. The tour was extremely informative and our tour guide very knowledgeable and entertaining with his jokes and enthusiasm about life at the fort in the 1880's. Highly recommended to anyone visiting Malta. Enjoy the tour and a Soldier's meal for lunch.

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Bruges, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this museum/fort today and I wanted to immediately make this tripadvisor report because the guides/soldiers are so knowledgeable and so enthousiastic that they deserve this positive review so hard... As history/war enthousiast we visited this fort but while we think we know already quite a lot about military history and buildings, we still learned a lot. The soldier... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Anton provided a first class demonstration and tour, especially in demonstrating the evolution of musket and cannon weapons...which led neatly into description of the 100T gun. The fort is an amazing example of its type, with the gun in place. More detail on 'why' the fort is there would have been useful and how it related to the other main... More 

Thank Richard314
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

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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