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Falkirk Wheel

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Address: Falkirk, Scotland
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Description: This 35-meter-high rotating boat lift, the world’s first, connects the...
This 35-meter-high rotating boat lift, the world’s first, connects the Forth & Clyde and Union canals.
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Fun for a quick visit

We visited this mid-week and did not book our tour boat ahead of time-a mistake. Mid-afternoon is the height of school and senior groups! So, we had to wait a little bit before... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We visited this mid-week and did not book our tour boat ahead of time-a mistake. Mid-afternoon is the height of school and senior groups! So, we had to wait a little bit before getting on the boat. It was extremely busy, but there was a very nice cafe with a wide variety of quality food items, as well as two... More 

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Falkirk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Great compact value for money day out. This is a magnificent feat of engineering. you will be mesmerised at the wheel and the 50p it costs per revolution. Nice café, play area for the kids. Boat ride and souvenir shop all reasonably priced.

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Truly a remarkable feat of modern engineering, anyone visiting the local area simply must go on the tourist ride. The Brits and in particular the Scots are reknown for their engineering heritage and this is a must for anyone visiting Falkirk. For a reasonable fee you ride in an enclosed gondola through two distinct levels of the canal with exceptional... More 

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Benfleet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Best visited on a fine day, however the boat trip is undercover. Well worth the trip on the tourist barge. Although pensioners we noted that there was plenty for children to do.

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Ripon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Maybe best to book ahead for boat trip which sets off every hour or so during the day. Takes passengers from the lower Forth and Clyde Canal up the dramatic Falkirk Wheel Hoist to the upper Union Canal. Being in a boat in mid air is different! Plus going through a tunnel & returning - which if you are sat... More 

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Edinburgh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We were lucky to pick a nice day to go to the Falkirk Wheel. There is a nice play area for kids but make sure you take a change of clothes - my pal had warned me about this and sure enough my 8 year old was walking on a wheel and ended up slipping into the water. It's about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Loved every minute of this place. The trip on the boat is a must and the patter out of the guide is really funny, very reasonable costs and very interesting. Lots of walks around the area which are beautiful, enjoyed even watching the boats going through all the locks etc.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Get into a small boat on one side of a giant wheel and you are slowly - so slowly that you don't realize it - lifted to the canal above it. Running commentary provided by a fun guide. Quite amazing - beautiful views too !

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Been here a few times as it's very close and part of my circular walk which takes in the canal. The engineering of the wheel is unreal and well worth coming to see it operate at least once. You can take a ride in it in a tender boat from the visitor centre located at the basin. The wheel comes... More 

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Brighton, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This was amazing! We thought we would spend about 30 minutes or so watching this. We walked around for about 40 minutes, and then found a great little hike back to the Roman Fort. This was a great stop.

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