Fort Rinella is Malta’s only historic fort open to the public and one of the liveliest visitor attractions around. It was built by the British in the late 19th century to house the gigantic Armstrong 100-ton gun. This gun was the first ever mechanically operated gun and also the largest ever built. It fired a one-ton shell using a quarter ton of gun powder to pierce 65cm of ship armour at an extraordinary distance of 8miles! Entrusted to Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna, this fort is currently being restored to its original state.
Daily historical re-enactments recreating aspects of late 19th century military garrison life, inclusive of live cannon and musketry firings take place at this site starting at 11.00hrs with the main re-enactment starting at 14.00hrs.
The property offers limited wheelchair access to the museum only.
Open from Monday to Saturday except on certain festive days from 10.00 till 17.00hrs.
Entrance fee is Adult €12; Children (under 16yrs): €5