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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  • So let me explain, the wheel is great. Engineering is great but do not buy a ticket. Watch from the car park or walk under the tunnel for free but for all that is good on gods green earth don't take t...  more »
  • This wheel is an amazingly feat of engineering to raise boats in 5 minutes from one canal to another where it used to require a series of 11 locks! To support the Scottish canals, a veritable amusemen...  more »
  • Great day out, well worth a visit. Husband loved it from an engineering point of view and my daughter loved it for the sheer fact that it lifted an entire boat up a stepped canal. Would visit again wh...  more »
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  • Easy to get to by public transport. The number 3 bus runs frequently from the centre of Falkirk and brings you right to the entrance of the visitor centre. There is lots to do and see. The wheel itself is amazing. I had seen photos and had read about it, but the actual experience was way beyond my expectations. Next time, I will take a trip on the sightseeing boat and experience the wheel lift! There is a cafe in the visitor centre and a diner-type car selling chips and soft drinks outside.
  • I visited here as a child a long time ago but recently returned to take my partner to visit. There is plenty of free parking and the paths are well maintained and suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. The wheel it's self is smaller than you may expect but it is fascinating to watch and see how it works. The boat trips are great for kids, I remember it being incredibly exciting! We didn't do the boat trip this time, instead we went on a lovely walk through the woods on well looked after paths.
  • Stayed at central premier Inn. So relaxed to visit Falkirk wheel. Very interesting. On a boat 35 meters high from one canal.. to get to other canal. Good shop to buy a souvenir plus relax with coffee / pie. Enjoy.
  • It's only a canal boat lift.. but it's oddly quite spectacular! It's big, it's not fast! But one can't fail to see the genius of the design .. it's a wonderful piece of engineering.. There's a good restaurant and a few interesting water related features for the children.. add that to a visit to the Kelpies and you're a good day out.
  • There were great views of the wheel. It was easy to learn how the wheel worked and you could watch the wheel in action 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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