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Falkirk Wheel

Falkirk, Scotland
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Ranked #2 of 14 attractions in Falkirk
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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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
5 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

A great place to visit. Good for a walk - great play park for kids - watch Wheel and boats coming and going - people watching....and all this for free! Money can be spent of course. Good Cafe,Ice Cream and Food stalls. Trip on the Wheel is well worthwhile (especially if you've never done it) even on numerous occasions it's... More

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Dallas, Texas
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155 reviews 155 reviews
18 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We stopped to see the Falkirk Wheel on our way to Linlithgow. It's really cool-looking and unusual. In fact, it's the only rotating boat lift in the world. I've seen several online posts complaining about the exorbitant cost to build the Wheel, especially considering how little it's actually used. It does seem rather unnecessary, but a cool engineering feat nonetheless.... More

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

A brilliant place even if you are not into the technical side of this incredible machine. The trip on the barge was great, do it if you can, the two ladies that look after the people on board are very friendly and funny what great humour !!!! Even in the rain it was worth the drive to visit.

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Douglas, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

What a feat of engineering it is just awesome to see.! It has to be seen to appreciate the magnitude of what has been achieved. Well done Falkirk.!! The visitor centre staff are lovely & friendly, there is a good selection of souvenirs & gifts. I have to mention the café where you can but the best homemade scones ever... More

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I have had many trips on the barge(s) that take you on this short but terrific experience. The view the whole short trip is just wonderful. If you have a bucket list for the UK put this on it it is a must

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Somerset, UK
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed my visit on Saturday with friends. I didn't get to do the boat ride but we saw the wheel in operation several times. Hard to believe it requires less than £10 of electricity a day due to working on Archimedes principle I believe. I live in Somerset and we often visit canals, I could have spent all day... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We went as a family (2 adults, 3 kids under 10) and booked our tickets online. Despite it being a week day with most schools still not out for Easter holidays it was around 70% occupancy on the boat, which validated our decision to book online. The entrance at the Visitor Centre was well laid out and the entry onto... More

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Bo'ness
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17 reviews 17 reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The wheel is interesting for all ages and the visitors centre is excellent. There is a children's play area and the cafeteria is child friendly for a light meal or snack. If time allows, it is worthwhile taking a walk along the canal path.

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Falkirk
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This amazing piece of engineering is awe inspiring. The worlds only rotating boat-lift connects the Union and Forth and Clyde canals. You can come and look around the visitor centre and watch the wheel in action or you can board a barge and take a ride on the wheel. There is a lovely cafe for a snack or lunch and... More

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Chalfont Saint Peter, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a gem of a tourist attraction and if you're interested in engineering then it's even more impressive.

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