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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. Arrange your visit to Falkirk Wheel and discover more family-friendly attractions in Falkirk using our Falkirk travel itinerary maker.
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  • This is really as my title days fascinating. Such an accomplishment . What a brilliant idea. Really worth seeing even if you don't go on it. We just watched and walked all around and up . Good day wit...  more »
  • On a recent Outlander tour, our guide Gordon dropped us off at the Falkirk wheel for a while. Fortunately there was a barge that needed to travel from the bottom to the top, so we got to see it in act...  more »
  • As a bit of a geek for such things I found the wheel to be amazing and also, frankly, a bit bonkers. It is a magnificent piece of engineering and, with regular canal traffic , you won't have to wait t...  more »
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  • Such an amazing piece of engineering that you can see working from a very close distance. Nice cafe and shop with interesting information boards to read. We paid for the boat trip which was well worth the ticket price. The boat trip takes you on the wheel and along a section of the canal before turning around. Great views and you really get to appreciate how it works.
  • The wheel is pretty cool itself however I live locally so normally park up and pass it when taking our dog for a walk. There is an extensive path Network which takes you up to Rough Castle and the link (tunnel) between the forth and Clyde and the union canals, as well as the tow paths. Great for cycling/walking or just a visit to the wheel itself there's a shop and a burger van next to the wheel.
  • A regular visitor to the Falkirk Wheel with children who love to play in the playground area and in the kids water/splash park area. The visitor centre is nice, bright and open and is sufficiently informative without being overbearing. The trip on the wheel is perhaps a little overpriced and once you have done it there is really no incentive at all to do it again. On the most recent visit, my son fell and cut his knee, staff were very kind and helpful in assisting with first aid supplies. There is a cafe here however we've never used it for more than buying an ice cream so cannot comment however it always seems to be busy, whether that is an indication of quality or just the fact it is the only cafe on site I do not know. There are a couple of fast food vans on site however to provide an alternative to the cafe.
  • A wonderful bit of simple engineering. Based on the Archimedes principal of displacement, it means no matter how many people are on each boat, the mass/weight remains the same therefore, balance is maintained and it only takes the equivalent energy of 3 kettles - 6Kw , to turn the complete system. Approximately 4 minutes... It replaced a series of 11 locks..
  • There were great views if the wheel. It was easy to learn how the wheel worked and you could watch the wheel in actions with boats moved up and down. There was also a hand moved lock that allowed the boats to move up and down between the canal and the wheel.

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