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Fort Rinella, Kalkara

#5 of 60 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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  • Really good. Can spend at least 3 hours there. Staff are friendly. Let you fire old guns in the demonstration.  more »
  • This British fort museum not only highlights one of the largest guns ever made (100 tons) it covers a good deal of the British empire military history. Totally worth the visit!  more »
  • I really enjoyed this fort. I got there in right time so I went to all live lectures about history of guns, movie about big canon. I enjoyed shooting from old rifle. One of best museums for army and war history lover!
  • Definitely worth the trip out of Valletta. A lot of effort has obviously been put into restoring the fort and into the displays detailing it's history. Staff knowledgeable and passionate about the site, and also very entertaining.
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