Must see attractions in Valletta

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    War HQ Tunnels

    Twice-daily one-hour tours negotiate the wartime tunnels under Valletta and focus on Maltese history from WWII to the Cold War. Good walking shoes are…

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    This innovative gallery and performance space has various pop-up exhibitions and events and hosts resident artists throughout the year. There are no set…

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    St James' Cavalier

    This 16th-century fortification has been transformed into a dazzling arts centre encompassing galleries, theatre and a cinema. Recent exhibitions have…

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    Malta Experience

    A whip through 7000 years of history, this 45-minute show also highlights Malta's scenic attractions. It's screened in the basement of the Mediterranean…

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    Royal Opera House

    Built in the 1860s, the once imperious Opera House was destroyed during a German air raid in 1942. Its gutted shell was left as a reminder of the war, and…

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    Palazzo Castellania

    Restored for Valletta's stint as the European Capital of Culture in 2018, Palazzo Castellania originally housed Valletta's law courts and prison. The…

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    Sacra Infermeria

    In the impressive former Sacra Infermeria, a 16th-century hospital of the Order of St John, this exhibition brings the sometimes alarming achievements of…

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    Valletta Waterfront (Pinto Wharf)

    The Valletta Waterfront was once a rundown dockside area, now renovated and lined with waterside restaurants. Most of its services, including shops,…

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    This installation was designed by Maltese architect Chris Briffa to celebrate V18 (Valletta as European City of Culture in 2018). The work merges the city…

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    Siege Bell Memorial

    Erected in 1992, this memorial commemorates those who lost their lives during the wartime convoys of 1940 to 1943. The Latin inscription of the bell…

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    Palazzo Parisio

    Now housing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this mansion built in the 1740s combines neoclassical and baroque influences, and was the residence of…

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    Triton Fountain

    Sculpted by Maltese sculptor Vincent Apap in 1959, this grand fountain has been restored to perfection and reopened in early 2018 in time for Valletta's…

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    Toy Museum

    This doll-sized museum houses an impressive private collection of model toys, such as tin cars from 1950s Japan, tin toys from 1912 Germany, as well as…

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    Of the original 25,000 16th- to 18th-century Knights of St John suits of armour, around 5000 remain at the Armoury, which is housed in the Grand Master's…

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    National Library

    This grand classical edifice was the last building erected by the Knights. It's worth popping in to admire the book-lined stacks, and there are occasional…

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    Pjazza de Valette

    This square was inaugurated in 2012 on the site of the former police station. It's dedicated to Grand Master Valette, and dominated by a 2.5m-high statue…

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    Malta 5D

    The most multisensory of Valletta's audiovisual evocations of the past, this 20-minute show enlivens Malta's history with 3D effects, aromas, gusts of air…

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    Lower Barrakka Gardens

    This compact harbourfront park contains a Doric temple commemorating Sir Alexander Ball, the British naval captain who successfully captured Malta from…

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    Valletta Living History

    A glossy, entertaining 35-minute sweep through Malta's eventful history (available in eight languages).

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    Circular slabs stud the paved surface of Pjazza San Publiju; they're the lids of underground granaries.