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Falkirk Wheel

Falkirk, Scotland
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Ranked #3 of 16 Attractions in Falkirk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Architectural Buildings
Description: This 35-meter-high rotating boat lift, the world’s first, connects the Forth & Clyde and Union canals.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Should you choose to visit the Falkirk Wheel, you have the choice between the free bits and the paying bits. Parking, if you park on-site, is about £3, and there are plenty of spaces. The exhibition area is packed with stuff to look at, and the cafe is not bad - fairly standard attraction prices for the food, I'd say.... More

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Dallington
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Top marks for something you can do in the rain. Which, Scotland being Scotland, if often the challenge. Fascinating narrow boat gondola that lifts boats up in the air and deposits them in the higher or lower canal depending on which way you are going. Good facilities and a fun water wheel interactive exhibit for kids, which was sadly only... More

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Olomouc, Czech Republic
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Well, what to say about Falkir Wheel. When I worked in Scotland in 2009 I lived just 5 miles from the Wheel. When I first saw it I fell in love. I love technical monuments and FW is an extraordinary one. You can spent 3 hours there and you won't regret it. I like it so much I wrote a... More

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sunderland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Interesting to see. Nice setting and a good way to waste a couple of hours. Walks along canal and woods and fun water area for kids

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South Florida
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We took a Black Prince narrow boat from the Falkirk wheel to Edinburgh. Going up thru the wheel was a neat experience and I was later told that it was a good thing we had the narrow boat at the Locrin basin (Edinburgh Quay) because during Tattoo (which is when we were there) it’s impossible or very expensive to get... More

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Larbert, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Took the in-laws from the Isles to the wheel for the day, they loved it and the facilities were rather good . The usual sale of memorabilia at the usual prices slightly overpriced for what you are buying. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

As a part of our honeymoon trip we were advised that the Falkirk Wheel was a great thing to see and since I am into Canal boats I was more than happy to try. The wheel is very impressive to see up close and the ride is even better help by the very friendly staff aboard the boat. The views... More

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Altricham, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

A great half day out, but no more I would suggest. The usual poor food at high prices in the cafe, and the same nik naks in the souvenir shop that you would expect to see. We didn't go on the boat trip, but after reading reviews we didn't miss much. The children's play area was really good, and really... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

On holiday in the area decided to visit. Our trip included a ride on the wheel. We boarded a boat outside the visitor Centre .The guide was very informative and kept us amused. She explained how long it had been there, the cost of running the wheel and many other interesting facts about the wheel and the construction. After the... More

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

What an example of engineering excellence. Although it was raining it didn't spoil the thrill of the ride on this unique Wheel. I think her name was Alison and she was born in Seaview on the Isle of Wight but as our 'guide' during the hour long adventure we were kept informed and amused with a performance deserving of an... More

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