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The Great Siege Tunnels, Gibraltar

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Military Museum Historic Site
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. A visit to The Great Siege Tunnels represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Gibraltar trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • The siege tunnels are worth a visit but not more than once. The tunnels "go on for ever" and are accompanied by endless recorded military band music which gets o one's nerves after a while  more »
  • The tunnels are long and affords some good views from the cannon emplacements. There are many sign boards along the way to provide the history of the tunnels.  more »
  • I didn't quite walk to the bottom but nearly so. I wouldn't go out of my way to do this separately but it was part of the Inside Out Rock Tour and added to the total picture of Gibraltar  more »
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  • During cooler months, bring a jacket! The further in you go, the colder it gets inside. There are some fascinating facts and history plaques to read along with some startling mannequins. Cool fact: while building the tunnels, the excavated debris was used to build the Gibraltar airport.
  • Gets windy inside but good bit of history around the 1779 perio up to WW2
  • Interesting place to visit. The signs there gives you info about the history. Bear in mind it can be chilly in there.
  • Amazing place with awesome history! I hope to one day go back and visit.
  • A little bit of history can't harm anyone. Nice place to visit once on The ROCK.