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Fort Rinella

St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11, Malta
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100 Tonne Gun

we started out at the upper battery in Valletta where we purchased our tickets,we then were taken... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Linda M
Ashington, United Kingdom
Well Worth A Visit - staff are so passionate about these sites

We purchased a multi ticket which was great value for money. The staff are dressed and re enact... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Woking, United Kingdom
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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 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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11, Malta
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Reviewed yesterday

we started out at the upper battery in Valletta where we purchased our tickets,we then were taken by minibus to fort Rinella,if you are into past military objects then this is the place for you.There a various demonstrations and a short video telling you about...More

Thank Linda M
Reviewed yesterday

We purchased a multi ticket which was great value for money. The staff are dressed and re enact, you can fire guns as can the kids - its very hand on. They also fire thee cannons. the staff are really informative, very helpful and great...More

Thank Charm1902
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

On your trip to Malta, make a point of visiting Fort Rinella. Get the bus from Valletta, this stops right outside. The guides are dressed in authentic Victorian uniform, so your instantly propelled back to the Victorian era. They take you on a fantastic historical...More

Thank Bill C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You will get a full Victorian age reenacting plus for a bit extra get to fire some guns. One of the best places Malta has to offer

Thank Marian Z
Reviewed 4 days ago

Thank God we came here; after the first two days we were a bit disappointed of coming here. We visited the temples(basically rocks) and Valetta (good to eat and drink but nothing extraordinary), and then we came here. WOW!! I'm not saying that just because...More

Thank onlyone6799
Reviewed 1 week ago

First visited here 12 years ago and thought it was fabulous. 2 nd visit and it had changed beyond recognition. There are now winding corridors with features such as old uniforms, letters written by old soldiers, displays of (high-up) soldiers rooms complete with kit layout...More

Thank Christine I
Reviewed 1 week ago

Free transport from the Saluting Battery (Buy your ticket there or use the 4 site combi ticket ) at 12.15pm after the midday gun firing. Easy trip back to Valletta as bus stop outside. The programme is organised with military precision and the guides are...More

Thank vessi80
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff at Fort Rinella were among the best we encountered on our trip. They made the tour of the fort a very enjoyable and interesting experience, with lots of historical information, and some very funny stories about the previous occupants. They kept our interest,...More

Thank Chapiy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The fort has changed a lot since we visited 10 years ago. The fort is s best visited in the afternoon when you can fire a rifle, watch a video and reinactment. See the largest Armstrong gun in the world

1  Thank jackiealleston
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great day at Fort Rinella. Very good guides, nice staff. We learned a moment of History in a interesting way... They kept us focus the way that even our kids asked questions ! I really recommend it to everyone.

Thank Calogero M
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How often is the 100-Ton Gun fired? And also, is it fired with a blank charge or is a shell inserted?
1 November 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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Greetings I hope to make a visit to fort rinella in October 2105 as it accessible by Electric wheelchair, and is there any disabled toilets anywhere on site. Regards
18 September 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.
Greetings, I am planning on being in Malta 30/3 - 27/8 2015. I have never been to Fort Rinella & have this on my list. Is it easily accessible for elderly/wheel chair ? I have noted an event there on the 9th is this right ? Regards
14 February 2015|
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Response from Mario F | Property representative |
Thank you for your query. Yes most of the fort is accessible to wheelchairs. The only parts which are not are the undergrounds.The historical re-enactments are held in an open arena so they are accessible too. we have... More