Malta’s number one visitor attraction of 2019 is crowned

Fort Rinella has been crowned the number one visitor attraction in the Maltese Islands of 2019.

The museum in Kalkara was praised by TripAdvisor reviewers as ‘an excellent day out’ and ‘unique’.

The coastal battery was built in 1878 by the British Army.

It housed the world’s biggest gun to defend Malta against enemy attacks and protect the British Empire’s interests in the Mediterranean Sea.

The fort is now run by volunteers who bring history back to life for the thousands of visitors who tour the historic site every year.


The Victorian-era museum won glowing reviews from TripAdvisor users from around the world.

Alan G posted: ‘Our tour took about two hours with hands on old guns and bayonets along with the usual video presentation about the history of the fort and the 100 ton gun. Well worth a trip!’

Marc Dürscheidt wrote: ‘Visited Fort Rinella today with my wife. After a film about the fort we joined the 2pm guided tour and it was just amazing.’

Eugen L added: ‘The guides are very friendly and have a great knowledge about the fort, the history of Malta and the military procedures of the time the fort was built. I spent more than 4 hours there!’

Tim B wrote: ‘Just got home from a visit to Fort Rinella. What an excellent museum, great exhibits and very knowledgeable tour guides with probably the best guided tour from very enthusiastic staff.

‘I also had the opportunity to fire an 1800s Henry rifle!’

Amazing facts about Malta’s 100-ton gun

  • The fort famously houses one of only two remaining Armstrong 100-ton guns.
  • It was developed by Victorian inventor Sir William George Armstrong
  • The gun could be fired every 6 minutes
  • A one-ton shell travelled up to 8 miles
  • The shell could pierce through 65cm of ship armour
  • It was the world’s largest muzzle loaded cannon
  • Each explosive shot used a quarter ton of black powder, costing on average the daily pay of 2,700 soldiers
  • It was so expensive to use, it was only fired for practice every three months

Opening Times

Fort Rinella is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

A visit to Fort Rinella includes a guided tour, an audio-visual film and historical interpretation displays.

The main re-enactment display starts at 2pm. Film shows and guided tours are available on the hour.

The attraction is also equipped with a multi-lingual audio-guide.

Fort Rinella is managed by Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna, the Malta Heritage Trust.

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