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Fort Rinella

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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...more
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St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11, Malta
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Not what we expected but in a good way. There were various demonstrations and displays by highly enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers that literally bought the whole place to life. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had such a great time at the fort, it is very interesting place with a huge history. But what really makes it is the Gentlemen that run the your, they make the whole expereience special. Thanks guys.... you make it real.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were lucky enough to arrive just in time for the full guided tour at 14:00hrs. - The tour is conducted by a very enthusiastic and dedicated team dressed in authentic 19th-century military uniforms, who take visitors on an animated tour around the fort. This...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We imagined that we would simply take a quick look at a very large cannon. How wrong! This is an amazing little find. The staff acting as period soldiers really bring the place to life and are very knowledgeable. There are various weapon demonstrations, and...More

1  Thank motherduck58
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a rather small fort. It has the big cannon and a small museum. The fortress itself is nice, only the real appeal to this site is the enthusiasm from the staff. The tour is free and they explain everything in great detail and...More

Thank RichardH1815
Reviewed 1 week ago

This experience was the best of our holiday. There is lots to see including the 100 ton gun which of course being a Geordie was of particular interest as it was built back here in Newcastle. However the most entertaining elements of the tour were...More

Thank julieandtonyhardy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

3-4hours very well spent, we have visited most of the attractions over the many years of visiting Malta, but had missed Fort Rinella. Like most places in Malta the site is benefitting from investment, however the fort can only obtain funds through donations and visitor...More

Thank mark f
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want a trill in otherwise usual tourist day, if you seek adventure if you want to grow your chest hair then Fort Rinella is place for you. Even my 5 year old daughter was awed after firing her first gun. Prepare yourself to...More

Thank djolemce
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the free transport from the Saluting Battery in Valletta, but there is a bus stop directly outside the venue. Guides in period costume and clearly loving their jobs. We joined talks about bayonets and guns and were taken around the site and museum....More

1  Thank Pickle085
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fort Rinella is a really nice experience, one of the best in Malta I would say. The fort itself is really nice and you can read through all the history. But the real deal is the grand tour at 2 PM. Guards guide you and...More

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Foxtrot426
June 19, 2018|
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Response from John D | Reviewed this property |
Main tour is about an hour. Also talk/demo on history of rifles for 30 mins and firing of a smaller canon. You can also wander round and have a snack. Took about 2 to 2 and a half hours in total.
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JoseSammut
November 1, 2015|
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Response from yulius888 | Property representative |
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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Cricketman_10
September 18, 2015|
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Response from Mario F | Property representative |
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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