Lower Barrakka Gardens

Valletta And The Grand Harbour, Fort St. Angelo,
Sir F. Alexander John Ball, Lord Nelson

The Lower Barrakka gardens is situated at the lower end of Valletta on the bastions  overlooking the entrance to the Grand Harbour. Located strategically so, from there one can see a superb view from the very  mouth of the harbour.

The garden overlooks the break water, Fort Ricasoli, Rinella, Kalkara, the original Bighi Hospital (now forming part of a trade school), Fort St. Angelo and the creeks and Senglea.

Located in a position to observe the Grand Harbour from another angle, the Lower Barakka garden is the place where you can sit down and relax looking at the splendid panoramic view. It is a nicely decorated garden with pathways and greenery.

Sitting down on a bench in the shade of a tree, watching the ships entering or leaving port especially the cruise liners like the Costa Concordia, Costa Delizionsa or MV Grand Celebration.

A snack bar is located just outside the Lower Barakka gardens. Adjacent there are many important buildings which form part of the Valletta attraction. Not to be missed is the Malta Experience viewed daily in the adjacent building which used to house the Knights of Malta hospital better known as ‘Sacra Infermeria’.

The siege bells monument is located just across and a must to visit and also a perfect location for photos.

Brief history of an important monument within the garden

This garden hosts the monument of Vice Admiral Sir F Alexander John Ball delegated by Lord Nelson to command the blockading squadron and subsequently, chosen by the Maltese Insurgents to lead them against the French in 1798.

It was erected by public subscription in 1810 to honour the first British Commissioner and later Governor of Malta who had directed the blockade of Valletta in 1798-1800 by the allied British and Maltese forces which led to the Maltese islands being annexed to Great Britain under King George III. His monument is a cenotaph in the style of a Doric Temple.

Lower Barrakka gardens is an enjoyable location within Valletta. 

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