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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  • August 17, 2017
    It's hard to believe that these tunnels were dug out and blasted by hand and gunpowder. The men must hardly have been able to breathe. The tunnels are large and easy to walk through, so an impressive ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Fantastic and insightful. Our tour guide had explained it to us before we entered but to actual see the tunnels that had been dug out was excellent, really interesting and so enjoyable  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    We had a brilliant guide and driver. Really interesting and fascinating our 2 boys were enthralled some great views. Recommend a jumper as cold down there!  more »
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  • January 21, 2017
    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.
  • April 20, 2017
    Gets windy inside but good bit of history around the 1779 perio up to WW2
  • March 5, 2017
    Interesting place to visit. The signs there gives you info about the history. Bear in mind it can be chilly in there.
  • February 12, 2017
    A little bit of history can't harm anyone. Nice place to visit once on The ROCK.
  • July 2, 2017
    Beautiful tunnels that show a lot of history!

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