The Great Siege Tunnels, Gibraltar

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A pivotal factor in the British victory against the French and Spanish attempt to overtake Gibraltar, The Great Siege Tunnels house a small exhibit dedicated to this event. The tunnels were dug by hand--with a sledgehammer, a crowbar, and some gunpowder--out of the limestone rock between 1779 and 1783. The holes for the cannon guns were originally opened with another purpose (as air-vents), but their potential was immediately recognized and tunnels soon became gun emplacements. See some of the original Victorian arms as well as dioramas depicting miners at work and soldiers under the siege. Put The Great Siege Tunnels on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Gibraltar online trip itinerary maker .
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  • Fantastic feat of engineering for the time. Extremely interesting, so much history only disappointing bit is at the very end of the tunnel the scene has been left to the elements and looking very tire...  more »
  • I really liked this! You can visit it for free if you have entry to the nature reserve. It is way bigger than I thought it could be. It’s one big tunnel, but with lots of exhibits and examples of what...  more »
  • Very enjoyable to go thru the tunnels and visualize how they would have been used and necessary in less sophisticated times  more »
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  • READ*** It was recommended walking all the way to the end of the tunnel first and then taking your time and looking at everything on the way back because most likely you will be on a time limit with your guide. Then you can pace yourself better knowing how much tunnel you have left. There are some pretty cool views that really make you wonder how it was possible with just hand tools to create.
  • I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed this site. Layers of history, good views, and an approachable experience. Did a taxi tour from the port fir a fraction of the cruise tour price
  • What an amazing experience. I live the tunnels and have been twice. To see the work and history that has gone into Gibraltar is an incredible thing. From the windows carved out of the rock to spy on enemy forces to the powder rooms and later WWII usage, truly an attention getter.
  • Super walk in to war history of pure grit and perseverance. So much done for territorial building. A walk in to times of war and bravery.
  • If you like history, this is a place to visit. I recommend that you read all the signs with information about this tunnel. The best part for me was ST George’s Hall. Very slippery floors and the tunnel is very steep and long, remember that wherever you go you also have to go back. Entrance fee when we visited was 13£ for an adult.
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