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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. 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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  • Found a little by chance place, turned out to be one of the most interesting and the most interesting places around Gibraltar. A place where you can see what he looked like Gibraltar and how he defended Gibraltar during the war. Tunnels, reconstructions and a lot of interesting information. Definitely worth it-this is no ordinary Museum, as can some of the issue.
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  • good place to learn a bit about the British history the great siege of Gibbraltar. Some learning points dotted around the place, their fun  more »
  • Good clear exhibits well signed. No steps, easy to navigate. Mini bus taxi didn't give us enough time.  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.
  • A little bit of history can't harm anyone. Nice place to visit once on The ROCK.
  • Beautiful tunnels that show a lot of history!

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