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Fort Rinella, Kalkara

4.7
#5 of 59 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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  • This place is worth a visit for anyone interested in Malta history or even the military. You have a very interactive time there, you learn about the history of the big gun and also shown the history o...  more »
  • Seen from the portal it does not feel too much because it seems that there is nothing but in fact it was done on purpose when building the Fort because the goal was that it is camoufled. So don't get yourself through this first impression. Our chance was that the next bus would take time to pass and so we decided to pay the famous €12 (but in fact we had a student discount because in linguistic stay-great!) The reception was very friendly with a gentleman in period outfit who explained the activities perfectly. So we entered and quickly got a demonstration/explanation of the baillonettes with the bonus of the opportunity to try the task. We were then able to eat the soldiers ' meal (really very good but the "biscuit" was a real weapon so it was hard. But I think it was like that at the time so I advise you to dive well in the dish.) The guided tour continues alternating different guides-some easier to understand than others-and with demonstrations. To summarize, you will leave this Fort uncollables on the strength and life of the soldiers, the weapons of the time and their evolution, walking, and recruitment techniques, protection.. This was really a great time with a whole team really very friendly!!
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  • We visited out of the blue today and had a wonderful time. We watched demonstrations of the guns and bayonet attachments and had a full tour of the fort. The guides were fantastic and explained In detail about the fort. We had a wonderful time! Definitely recommended!
  • Nice fort tour that include soldiers demonstrating use of bayonets, marching drills, and shooting weapons. At the end of the shooting demonstrations they allowed the kids to shoot blanks with the weapons.
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