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  • Address: Battery Street, Valletta, Malta
  • Hours: Open daily

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Upper Barrakka Gardens

These beautifully landscaped gardens complete with follies, a statue of Sir Winston Churchill, a café and benches under shady trees, were created in 1775 on a bastion at the highest point on Valletta’s fortifications. Originally the private property of the Italian members of the Knight of St John, they are twinned with Lower Barrakka Gardens (currently under renovation but with views over the Siege Memorial) on Barriera Wharf. From their position on the south side of the city walls, the gardens provide the perfect vantage point for views over the Three Cities of Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua, including views across the Grand Harbour. 

Take an afternoon stroll around the walls of Valletta before catching the new elevator, which ascends in seconds to the gardens, to watch the sunset before returning to waterfront with choices of quality bars and restaurants.

In the footsteps of one of Malta's great seafaring traditions, the Noon Day Gun was fired daily from the Saluting Battery above the gardens so all nearby shipping could calibrate their time. The tradition still continues today, with all the necessary military rigmarole, and can be combined with a public talk on the history of the gardens.

Practical Info

Upper Barrakka Gardens are in a pedestrianized area of the city, a five minute walk from Valletta bus station. For drivers, there is designated parking outside the City Gate.

The Noon Day Gun is fired daily and for a small fee, visitors can access the Saluting Battery to see the canon firing and enjoy a public talk on the history of Upper Barrakka Gardens.

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Valletta Walking Tour Including Grandmaster’s Palace, Valletta, null
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Valletta Walking Tour Including Grandmaster’s Palace

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Discover Malta’s capital city on this immersive walking tour that takes you to Valletta’s main sights. See where the Maltese government is housed ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $44.49
Valletta Private Walking Tour, Valletta, Half-day Tours
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Valletta Private Walking Tour

On this tour you will visit the main highlights of Valletta, while also visiting an often ignored but equally fascinating part of the city. The tour starts at ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Valletta, Mosta and Mdina Night Tour

During this tour you visit Valletta, Mosta and Mdina by night. The 5D Show is also included in the tour.

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Mosta Crafts Village Mdina and Valletta Full Day Tour, Valletta, Night Tours
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Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.61
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Valletta Small-Group Walking Tour

On this tour you will visit the main highlights of Valletta, while also visiting an often ignored but equally fascinating part of the city. The tour starts at ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: Malta's Best Attractions in a Tour, Valletta, Walking Tours
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Private Tour: Malta's Best Attractions in a Tour

See Malta's highlights in one day starting in Valletta with its magnificent St. John's Cathedral and Caravaggio's masterpieces.  From there on to Mdina ...  Read more

Location: Valletta, Malta
Duration: Flexible

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