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Fort Rinella

St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11, Malta
+356 7987 4153
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11, Malta
+356 7987 4153
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Reviewed yesterday

superb well worth a visit, great guided tour, nice café for lunch also.I hope we can go back when the gun is fired.

Thank astockton45
Reviewed 2 days ago

Reenactors will bring the Victorian Fort to live. You will get a really good sense of the life of a soldier in Victorian Era. Amazing experience!!

Thank Raffael G
Reviewed 3 days ago

For everybody who is interesting in military/war history. My son was excited by possibility to fire from old rifle and even old cannon - not biggest 100 ton one :), but it still was new experience for us. Guides were helpful and friendly - great...More

Thank Alexey D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We spent a very entertaining afternoon at the fort. Even if you're not too interested in military history, this place is worth a visit.

Thank Der B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Friendly ex military tour guides dressed in 19th Century military uniforms firing cannons, loading and firing muskets and walking horses around make this visit to this very large gun a memorial experience.

Thank Mooleynew
Reviewed 5 days ago

The guided tour was excellent, lots of fun. for a small donation I got to shoot a 19th century musket and a big gun. I would recommend to anyone visiting Malta.

Thank Costel I
Reviewed 5 days ago

A day we will never forget, Entertaining informative and brilliantly presented by young knowledgeable enthusiastic staff. Fort Rinella displays an extensive collection of arms uniforms and associated millitaira used by the the British army during the Victorian era, with comprehensive and unsanitised narratives covering the...More

Thank 446apr
Reviewed 6 days ago

There is a group of passionate people in Rinella Fort who literally ressurect the world from the time of its glory - uniforms, weapons and other accessories. The amazing guide that led us through the fort (i think his name was Stephan or something like...More

Thank MarekGrzywacz
Reviewed 1 week ago

The "fully animated" (free) tour enthralled not only my husband, but also our three hard-to-impress teenagers and myself. It truly brought the place to life, even though we're not military history buffs. The kids all said it was the best tour they'd ever been on....More

Thank NMSwiss
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I visited as part of a small Road Scholar group. Our guide was delightful and gave us a thorough tour of the facility which is adding further restoration all the time. As a climax to all the massive fortresses on the island,...More

Thank CharleneFranklin
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2 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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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.
15 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