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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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Newton-le-Willows, England, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Once it starts you cannot help but admire the ingenuity of it, absolutely terrific. Theres not just the wheel but a good play area, nice restaurant and visitor centre too.

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Shotts, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Although the Falkirk Wheel is an amazing engineering feat and the only boat lift of its kind in the world (worth seeing for that alone) and there are plenty of kids play areas to keep the wee ones busy, the boat trip up and down the wheel is a complete rip-off. At £8 a ticket(adult) you are taken up the... More

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The Falkirk Wheel is really amazing. I've never seen anything like that before, so be sure to have a look at it when you're in the neighborhood. There are quite a lot of activities for children offered, so they will certainly enjoy a day out there. What I didn't like were the tourist traps around this attraction and the parking... More

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Wallaroo
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62 reviews 62 reviews
37 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Knew of this engineering feat and was so impressed to see it. Physics at its best. Naturally we did the boat ride in which you experience the loch in action but make sure you take the time to simply sit and watch it rotate.

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This was my second visit here, I came with friends in the way home after a trip to fort William. I love this attraction I love that it is free also , free parking, free entry and free stuff to do for kids. The cafe is really nice and so is the food with a good range of sandwiches and... More

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Dunbar, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Fantastic day out at the Falkirk wheel and a stroll along the canal in the sunshine. Within easy reach of Edinburgh on the M9 and great value for money boat trip. We will be back.

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Spofford, New Hampshire
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Very interesting structure that takes the place of river locks. Short boat ride tour takes you through the entire process. I liked it.

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Mintlaw, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My wife has wanted to visit this attraction since it opened and having travelled up and down the length of Scotland during this time, we never seemed to fit in. As part of our Commonwealth Games experience, a deliberate visit was made on Friday, 25th July, and what an experience all helped by glorious Continental weather. Our family enjoyed the... More

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Dundee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Well worth going to see. It is much bigger than you might think and absolutely fascinating to watch the boats being lifted up and down. There is loads of information about how it all works and a nice visitor centre and café.

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Galashiels, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

What an absolute brilliant piece of machinery and technology. First time I have visited and on such a glorious day. Superb to see it actually working whilst we were there.

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