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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Another stop on the bus tour of the rock and well worth it too - an amazing story and feat of engineering.
  • Dating back to the Grand assault in the 1780s a true work of engineering and of historical interest too. Cannon firing galleries dug into the rock face.
  • Unbelievable! The history here is fascinating. If you have an opportunity to visit Gibraltar, don't miss the tunnels.
  • Well worth a visit with a good history story and a great view of the airport and Spain.
  • 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.

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