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Saluting Battery

Battery Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1220, Malta
+356 2122 5277
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Excellent views from the Battery and well worth a visit. Only one or two guns are fired ut still... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2016
North East UK

Impressive to watch the cannons fire and the gardens are very beautiful. Worth seeing but it... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2016
Toby G
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The Saluting Battery is one of Malta's most vibrant visitor attractions where history is brought to life daily! Located high along Valletta's eastern historic ramparts it enjoys unrivalled spectacular views of the Grand Harbour and its surrounding fortified towns. It is also perhaps the oldest saluting battery still in operation anywhere in the world. Here one can see a fully restored gun powder magazine, an artillery side-arm store, a handsome collection of original muzzle-loading artillery , ammunition and equipment and get a close-look at the saluting guns. The battery is equipped with audio-guides but guided torus in English are also available three times a day at 11.00, 12.30 And 15.00Hrs.
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“big bang” (28 reviews)
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Battery Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1220, Malta
+356 2122 5277
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Reviewed 19 August 2016

Excellent views from the Battery and well worth a visit. Only one or two guns are fired ut still pretty good to watch.

Thank CarlH24
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Impressive to watch the cannons fire and the gardens are very beautiful. Worth seeing but it doesn't need to take much time. Be sure to go when the cannon is to be fired

Thank Toby G
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Be at the saluting battery at 12.00 mid day or 4.00 pm to witness this experience. Well worth It but you need to be about 15 minutes before the gun is fired to see it properly. Gets quite crowded.

Thank lizaloohuddersfield
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

The battery is very nice always going off at noon. It is located near the garden in the waterfront very good to look at as a visitor

Thank Dillon X
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

It was ok... They're not firing all the cannons but rather 1-2 of them. You can go and have a beer and a nice drink at cafe du baroness (not cheap but it has excellent view of the bay as well).More

Thank Maya P
Mario F, Owner at Saluting Battery, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2016

A time signal is only fired using one gun.... that is in case you didn't realise yet. More guns are fired on special occassions only such as national days or to greet visiting ships or VIPs. And even then the number of guns fired is...More

Reviewed 14 August 2016

We were in the Barrakka gardens above the battery for the four o'clock salute and had a front row view for some excellent views and photo opportunities. They stared the preliminaries for the salute and fired "bang on time" at 4pm. A spectacle well worth...More

Thank Gary W
Reviewed 13 August 2016

I visited Valletta for the first time in thirty years with my daughter from Sydney. We went to the upper Barrakka gardens and took some great shots Then we went down to the Saluting Battery where we were shown around by Alfred who is responsible...More

Thank Rupert V
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Wandered around the area in the morning noticing the gun salute was in the afternoon so planned on returning. The salute itself was well presented with the voice over giving a good depth of knowledge on the history of the salute. Part of the talk...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 12 August 2016

This really shows the British empires reach without going to India and other locations within their scope. The British are the best for military displays.

Thank JLCWashingtonState
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Well worth the €3 for viewing the cannon firing down at the lower level. This was followed by an interesting 20 minute talk from Alfred who'd just fired the cannon. A delightful, informative man.

Thank Jane W
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James J
There is a conflict in the TIME of the firing. Does the firing take place at NOON or 1600hours?
20 July 2016|
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Response from missvivvy | Reviewed this property |
Both times of the day 12:00 and 16:00hrs . You don't book just turn up and watch the firing 💣💣 boom !!!!
Can we book in advance to watch the midday firing from the Saluting Battery?
16 April 2016|
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Response from DAHOTM | Reviewed this property |
Agree with all the above. Just turn up and enjoy the free show.
Margaret C
Am confused. Some of you say the gun salute goes off at noon and one of you said it goes off daily at noon and at 4 PM. Which is it? I am planning for our itinerary there in two weeks and want to be there for one gun salute, at least. Many thanks.
29 February 2016|
Response from Mario F | Property representative |
We fire a time signal at 12.00 and 16.00hrs daily. Occasionally we also fire full gun salutes such as on 10 Feb and 8 Sep annually. It only costs €3 to visit the Saluting Battery and if you buy a Heritage Pass from the same... More