Underground Valletta

Descend into the fascinating depths of Valletta, built first as a fortress and then as a city.

Valletta’s underground was its lifeline. Apart from tunnels for the movement of troops and for grain storage, underground spaces were essential for two other crucial factors: water and drainage, both vital for the survival of the city under siege, but also during peace time.

Centuries later, a new frenzy of digging began. The Second World War saw 17,000 tonnes of bombs dropped over Malta. The population of Valletta moved underground into a dense network of shelters that expanded on existing tunnels and cisterns to shield people from certain death. A tale of desperation, and resistance.

Valletta, a world heritage site, cannot be fully appreciated without experiencing what lies beneath it. A unique experience of defence and survival.

Tours are offered on  Mondays, Wednesdays  and Sundays.

As from Monday 17th January 2022, visitors visiting HM Sites & Museums will be required to present a valid vaccine certificate; with the exception of children under the age of 12 years.

Visitors who do not have a valid vaccine certificate can enter HM Sites/Museums if they provide either of the below:

  • Negative RT-PCR or antigen test result not exceeding 72 hours;
  • Positive RT-PCR test result not older than 6 months, certifying recovery from Covid;
  • Vaccination cards issued by health authorities
  • Visitors showing a health certificate stating that visitor cannot be vaccinated due to a health condition

Visitors who purchased their tickets before the 17th January are exempted from vaccine certificate requirements.


Tickets are available online from www.shop.heritagemalta.org or from the National Museum of Archaeology.


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