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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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  • August 10, 2017
    Me and my girlfriend were on holiday in Malta and this is certainly a must do! We had the free shuttle service from the salute cannons leaves at 12.20 we arrived to the fort and were warmly received by the animators who brought us completely in the atmosphere! At 13.00 there was a small demostratie of a Bayonet and at 14.00 followed a big tour with demos of a martini henry rifle and artillery! The big tour (starts at 14.00) is certainly a must do and is complete with the animators that their role as soldiers very well empathize with! We have spent here 3/4u! If I could I would another go to filming that would be nice!
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  • August 8, 2017
    we visitied fort rinella whilst in malta myself and my wife had a great time there the wife didnt think she would enjoy such a place but loved it.the volunteers are very helpful and are very happy to ...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    It's best to get the bus here, I walked from the three cities and there's not much to see on route. The fort itself has informative and entertaining guides who will answer any questions regarding the ...  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    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.
  • June 7, 2017
    I recommend to follow the guided soldier tour at 14:00, and you'll get much value for money. It's possible to fire a an old rifle and even a cannon for an additional amount. On your own there are electronic guides in several languages at your disposal. A combined 3 days ticket with 3 other war museums is a good option.
  • April 29, 2017
    This is one of Malta's gem. If you are around, you have to visit this. The fort is dated back to 1884 and was the first automated fort in the world- two soldies were enough to run this fort and use the 100 tonne canon. This gigantic canon could fire and reach the target as far as 8 km. The mechanism used water as its main resource. Very worth visiting.
  • December 30, 2016
    Super fun! Also very cheap! Very educational, and absolutely a blast for anyone at any age! The tour explain not only the 100t cannon, but also military history! Absolutely recommended!!! You will have a pleasant surprise on what you'll get to touch... ;-D The guys in charge there are clearly in love on what they do, so I can't recommend a better experience in Malta!!!
  • June 10, 2017
    Staff make an awesome effort, lots of interactive shows and demonstrations. We had a great time (two adults and two children 4 and 6)

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