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Falkirk Wheel

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Address: Falkirk, Scotland
Phone Number: 08700-50-02-08
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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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An amazing piece of engineering

A recent Nova show we saw in the U.S. before leaving for a trip to Scotland piqued our interest in The Falkirk Wheel and it was indeed one of the highlights of our recent... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Perth, Australia
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

The wheel itself is worth watching as it moves the barges up and down but I feel the short trip along the canal is a little boring and could be longer if possible. The play park for the kids is great as is the shop and cafe for some snacks. It is clean and well kept.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

A recent Nova show we saw in the U.S. before leaving for a trip to Scotland piqued our interest in The Falkirk Wheel and it was indeed one of the highlights of our recent trip. This seesaw style lift, based on Ancient Greek technology, was the winning design in a competition to improve the canal system in Scotland. An elegant,... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

I walked for two miles along the tow path (from Falkirk High station) on 1st July. Glorious sunshine, Ducks, Swans and Signets, hedgerow flowers. There is a long tunnel through which you can see the top entrance to the attraction as you approach...quite dramatic. There is an easy walk down to the bottom of the wheel and you get nice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The Falkirk Wheel is unique: it is the only rotating boat lift in the world, and as such is a totally fascinating experience. Back in 1933 the link between the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals (which had been a flight of 11 locks) was dismantled. The Falkirk Wheel opened in 2002 to restore the link between the two canals,... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Busy place but another must see up close. Lots of people enjoying the spectacle.Quite hard to find and council needs to do more to assist I this regard. Foliage near and covering signs should be death with.

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Maybole, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Did the boat trip which was really quite cool going up on the wheel and the guides were fantastic. Nice views at the top as well. Some fascinating engineering goes on here which we both found really interesting. Also visited the centre which also has lots of information and had a lovely gift shop inside as well. Great wee trip.

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Found the engineering aspect of this attraction fantastic and a world beater, but as an attraction was quite sedate. It was an enjoyable experience, well organised but felt a little disappointed at the end.

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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Great way to spend a couple of hours - the boat trip takes about an hour with commentary on history of the canals and how the wheel has reduced the time going from one canal to another without using locks. Gift shop and snacks available, car park costs £2 and has plenty of space. Very busy during school holidays.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is a great experience the only one in the world so go see it. We all loved it from 2 yrs to 62 yrs the pilot of the boat gave us a great insight into the history of the wheel a very jolly funny chap.There is a car park, café,, shop and toilet facilities. A unique attraction not to... More 

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Naxxar, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We stopped for a visit when travelling from Edinburgh to Ayrshire. It was nice to see the wheel in operation when a traditional barge was passing through. This barge was lifted from the lower canal by the traditional method of pumping water into the lock then it was lifted to the upper canal by the wheel. Good spacious parking place.... More 

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Address: Address: Falkirk, Scotland
Phone Number: 08700-50-02-08
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Falkirk District  >  Falkirk
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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