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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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9191wilson

The wheel is a wonder to see great engineering ,well worth a visit always plenty visitors from all over the world , boat trip is a must to get the whole story from the guide on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Falkirk District, United Kingdom
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Falkirk District, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The wheel is a wonder to see great engineering ,well worth a visit always plenty visitors from all over the world , boat trip is a must to get the whole story from the guide on board , you can have a meal or just a coffee and cake ,gift shop as well , there is also nice walks around... More 

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Haslemere
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Awesome engineering! Paths to walk and explore around the different levels of the Wheel, there are more developments taking place in the play area which meant the lower path was closed off but there were plenty of viewing points. There is a clean cafe, good coffee and fresh warm scones warmed us up following a two hour wander around The... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This was our second visit to the Falkirk Wheel, we visited a number of years ago but did not go on the boat. We went this time and so glad we did, what an experience. The trip takes about 50 minutes, the woman guide gave us fascinating details about the Wheel and Scottish Canal history. There was a short film... More 

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Aberdeenshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I really enjoyed our visit today the Wheel. Even in a cold damp Friday morning there were a good number of people waiting to get in and on the boat trip. The centre opened about 10 minutes early (a bonus as it was cold). The crew on the boat were very helpful, keeping us informed as there... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Falkirk Wheel does the work of ten or eleven locks that existed on the old long since closed section of the canal that linked two different canal systems and it does it in style. I arrived in time to see the wheel rotate and lift a tourist barge from the lower level to the upper level and I marvelled... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

Amazing engineering, knowledgeable guide, fantastic views. Make sure you arrive early as there were queues before opening time in Feb despite a dreich day!

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Evesham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Very interesting place to visit that would appeal to all ages, an amazing piece of engineering. Good visitor centre and cafe. Free if you don't go on the boat and you can walk up to the canal at the top.

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Falkirk wheel is truly an amazing feat of engineering and a fantastic idea of how to link two canal systems at vastly differing levels. The boat trip is predominantly about the barge ride on the gondola of the wheel itself, the barge does not travel very far once it exits the gondola and much of the trip is spent... More 

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Bonnybridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Falkirk Wheel is 35 metres tall, the equivalent of 8 double deckers buses stacked on top of each other. The gondolas hold 500,000 litres of water, enough to fill an Olympic swimming pool and The Wheel only uses 1.5kWh of energy to turn, the same amount as it would take to boil 8 household kettles. The visitor ceentre is... More 

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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Falkirk Wheel is an amazing piece of engineering and a great afternoon out, the boat trip is optional but well worth it, we LOVED it!

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