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Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk

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Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boatlift in Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. This engineering phenomenon attracts over 400,000 tourists every year to its visitor's center. Take a boat ride on the lift and into the canal to experience the ingenious mechanism. A boat departs from the harbor every hour, so you'll have frequent opportunities throughout the day to tour the canal and admire the lift's operation. The channel connects Glasgow with Edinburgh, so consider using it as your means of transport when touring these two great cities. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Falkirk Wheel by using our Falkirk road trip planning app.
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  • loads to do a great day out ,there is so much to do here great facilities very clean car parking good and cheap to park. 
    loads to do a great day out ,there is so much to do here great facilities very clean car parking good and cheap to park.  more »
  • The Falkirk Wheel is a magnificent feat of engineering and well worth a trip to see. We did not undertake a boat trip but we watched the wheel complete a full cycle. The site needs to improve the... 
    The Falkirk Wheel is a magnificent feat of engineering and well worth a trip to see. We did not undertake a boat trip but we watched the wheel complete a full cycle. The site needs to improve the...  more »
  • From previous trip on wheel it was an amazing experience, time limit stopped a repeat ride on this amazing piece of technology. 
    From previous trip on wheel it was an amazing experience, time limit stopped a repeat ride on this amazing piece of technology.  more »
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  • A good tourist attraction in Scotland. We went on the tour and heard all about how it was invented (using Lego models to demonstrate how it would work). Very interesting. Worth a visit. We then had a nice walk along the canal. We walked through a tunnel with lots of colourful lights. And then we saw the canal gates open which was also really good! The children loved that!
  • Much better than I'd expected. Really impressive construction. Do not visit without going on the boat rotation. Its fairly good value. We did the 30 min option and it was great. Loads of information about the wheel. Impressive that it's the only one in the world.
  • The Forth Valley Scone Rangers visited the Falkirk Wheel Cafe today and tried their very excellent scones. They are Large (hallelujah!), and can be plain or fruit. They have a delightful homemade appearance and taste and can be sampled with strawberry jam and clotted cream. What’s not to like about that? As I’ve said before, I’m no fan of jam in tiny pots but it was ok and sufficient for the job as was the clotted cream which also came in a sealed individual container. So, on the whole, a most acceptable scone, one of the better ones we have eaten. It would be churlish to award any less than 8 out of 10. By the way, some reviews have suggested how great it is to be able to park all day for £3.50. Well, if you use the car parks to the north of the site (near the Boardwalk restaurant) you can park all day free. The Wheel makes a great family day out. Lots for everybody to do. We are lucky to have it nearby.
  • The wheel is amazing and fascinating to watch in action. The visitor centre presents the information very well and the shop has interesting and classy gifts based on the engineering aspect of the wheel. We didn't make use of the outside facilities which are for entertainment, but that will encourage families to visit and maybe inspire future engineers.
  • They offer two tours. The short tour offers you the opportunity to say “I did it.” Wasn’t anything spectacular. You get a better experience from the ground watching it in action. The longer tour would be an better experience. The area has many things for kids to do: Mini Golf, bumper boats, etc. All for a price. They have a very good play park for kids. A few food options. It’s all worth the visit. A parking fee of 3.50.

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