During the British period in Malta (1800-1964), the peninsula across Marsaxmett harbour from Valletta became known as Tigné Point. It was turned into a military base intended to defend the northern flank of Valletta from attacks by sea and air. Here, the British constructed a Regimental Institute, a Sergeant's Mess, St Luke's Garrison Church, school buildings, various barracks blocks, and an expansive parade ground. Following the departure of the British the area of Tigné Point fell into disuse and was heavily vandalized and plundered. But remnants of the British period remain (see above) including groves worn by giant chains, secret underground tunnels, and large bits of rusting steel.
Today, the Fort and Point are in the process of being restored and developed, and will eventually become a historic site and public park. Until then, it remains a quiet and secluded bit of land right in the heart of Sliema's urban core, yielding its secrets to abandoned space enthusiasts, partying teenagers, and amateur photographers. Worth a look if you're a history buff, or if you're a bit tired of the regular tourist scene.