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Fort Rinella, Kalkara

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Step back in time and see one of the fiercest weapons of the Victorian era at Fort Rinella. Completed in 1886, the fort was intended to protect British interests in the Mediterranean and safeguard shipping routes through the Suez Canal to India. Relatively small, the fort still packed a punch thanks to its 100-ton Armstrong gun, the largest muzzle-loading piece of artillery ever made. To give visitors a sense of the Empire era, volunteers of the Malta Heritage Trust offer guided tours and stage reenactments of life in the 19th century British army. You can also watch swordsmanship displays, cavalry shows, and artillery firing. Check the schedule of events online. Before you head to Kalkara, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Kalkara online day trip planner , to make sure you see all that Kalkara has to offer, including Fort Rinella.
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  • It was amazing experience to visit the fort. I really felt like "back in time". We ate soldier's meal and it was good. And I really liked the soldiers(guides). I recommend the visit to everyone.  more »
  • The last tie I was here was just over 2 yrs ago, I was really impressed with all the changes and the extent of work that has been done since then to restore this fort back to its former glory. The guy...  more »
  • Actual old British Fort with original 100 ton cannon.You can fire an old British army rifle or fire a cannon. Withy guides in old British uniform.Cafe on site.Beautiful views.Our best day out of our M...  more »
  • VERY interesting fort, well worth a visit. Staff are really knowledgeable about the fort and very friendly. They had an answer for every question that I threw at them. Really enjoyed having the opportunity to shoot a Martini Henry Mk 2 original rifle from 1878. Great value for the money.
  • Fort Rinella is a great place - not only thanks to 100-ton muzzle loaded cannon and almost fully automated fort with only 7 men needed to fire that cannon but above all - thanks to great staff, enthusiasts who work on restoring the fort and do really interesting bayonet weapon demonstration and amazing 2-hour guided tour featuring firing a rifle & a small cannon! It was so absorbing that my husband and I did not want to leave the place by 5 pm! The cost of the tour is 12 EUR only, so Fort Rinella is definitely worth visiting! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
  • Very impressive museum of artillery.The gun is impressive.The guys who work there are friendly.Some are heading off to Portsmouth dockyard and Bristol,united kingdom to bring home the refurbished steam engine.They will be seeing some of the historic ships and guns in the film you can watch here.The fort is quite small,and i would like to suggest you plan your visit to watch the displays and fire some of the weapons yourself.have fun.
  • A very interesting place to visit. We took the 30 minutes tour and it worth it. People are very kind and they answer all the questions with detail. We really enjoy our visit.
  • Fort Rinella is easy to get to by bus, takes about ten to fifteen minutes and you get the added benefit of the views. The Fort is an interesting part of the Maltese defense system and the Cannon/gun to me was worth the trip on it's own. Allow half an hour or so to wander round the Fort. There are friendly helpful staff there to show you round and answer any questions you may have. There is also a small cafe there should you feel the need.
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