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Fort Rinella, Kalkara

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Military Museum Museum
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. By using our Kalkara itinerary builder, you can arrange your visit to Fort Rinella and other attractions in Kalkara.
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  • Free transport from the Saluting Battery (Buy your ticket there or use the 4 site combi ticket ) at 12.15pm after the midday gun firing. Easy trip back to Valletta as bus stop outside. The programme i...  more »
  • The staff at Fort Rinella were among the best we encountered on our trip. They made the tour of the fort a very enjoyable and interesting experience, with lots of historical information, and some very...  more »
  • The fort has changed a lot since we visited 10 years ago. The fort is s best visited in the afternoon when you can fire a rifle, watch a video and reinactment. See the largest Armstrong gun in the wor...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • Staff make an awesome effort, lots of interactive shows and demonstrations. We had a great time (two adults and two children 4 and 6)
  • Amazing experience with passionate guides who really know their military history. In February some features were closed, which was sad, but still the best part of my visit to Valletta.