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Fort Rinella, Kalkara

#4 of 50 in Museums in Malta
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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  • 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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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