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Address: St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11 , Malta
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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

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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Great attraction for those interested in combat history. Live bayonet demonstrations and can handle the old guns. Has the biggest cannon in the world. Definately worth a visit.

Reviewed 4 days ago
Essex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a great day out ending with a cannon firing demonstration and participation! The audio tour was really helpful although you MUST HAVE some form of security/deposit to put down for the handsets. This isnt in the brochure so please be aware of this. We had to use an EHIC card but they preferred a drivers license or something... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great attraction for those interested in combat history. Live bayonet demonstrations and can handle the old guns. Has the biggest cannon in the world. Definately worth a visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great spot, not only for the great demonstrations, but also for the great views. The staff are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Being able to participate in the presentation really added to the tour. The staff were all so friendly ! Would definitely recommend Fort Rinella for a nice afternoon away from the hustle and bustle.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent look at Victorian military history on Malta. Good little food place. fascinating demonstrations. And a bl@@dy big gun!!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do you fancy firing the canon or shooting a rifle? Well this could be your chance! The amazing staff at Fort Rinella are one of its main assets. There's history galore here, but what really gets you is the enthusiasm and knowledge of the staff. We had a great visit which started off when the bus dropped us off right... More 

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a gem to visit. We spent the whole day at the Fort. There were demonstrations and talks given by a very knowledgeable and amusing person throughout the morning. There was an incredibly interesting museum and to top it all you could explore the fort and find out how the huge cannon was fired. i would think children would be... More 

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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to all the war museums in Malta but found this one to be the best..well laid out lots of well presented showcases with easy to read items well numbered a pleasure to visit.they give guide tours and give hands on talks on firearms swords etc and the largest cannon in Europe a must see,do this one first

Thank parking65
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recommend the vsit, Make your visit to coincide with the life presentation of the fort. You may have the " Soldiers Lunch" there to complete your visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic day at Fort Rinella, especially firing a Victorian Rifle and a 24lb cannon! The guides and informative and well dressed in period costume. This place needs far more coverage locally and in the guide books. I will definitely be watching out for the dates of the firing of the 100 tonne Armstrong gun and plan our... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If I could give this 6 stars I would! We bought the multi site ticket to 4 attractions from the Saluting Battery kiosk. After watching the saluting gun in action at noon, a mini bus is supplied free of charge to take you to Fort Rinella at 12.20. This service is only available at this time. The staff at the... More 

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