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Falkirk Wheel

Address: Falkirk, Scotland
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Ranked #3 of 11 Attractions in Falkirk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This 35-meter-high rotating boat lift, the world’s first, connects the Forth & Clyde and Union...
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner 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
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

well worth a visit, amazing engineering. canal trip also good. shop and cafeteria. reasonably priced .good regular transport from Falkirk town centre to wheel (no 3 bus )

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Falkirk wheel is an amazing piece of engineering.we had a lot of fun there ,We took the boat ride and lifted up to the top and come back down again in return trip . Don't miss it when you're in the area.

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Sunbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Massive concrete structure, fantastic scale of engineering. totally absorbing to watch. To scary for me to go on but still amazing.

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Midlands
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36 reviews 36 reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Visited with family and friends including 1 youngster with special needs. Amazing experience - good that we could buy tickets for an advance trip so no queuing for our youngster with special needs - reasonably priced and really interesting. Busy on the day we went and sunny but staff were on the ball and really enjoyed it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

My advice is don't go in winter. The structure in impressive, the exhibition is impressive but due to the water being frozen we missed the opportunity to see the wheel in action. I am not to disappointed however...it gives me a reason to go back and the surrounding countryside in stunning. :-)

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Stanmore London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Visited the wheel as it looked a great piece of engineering. For a modest price travel on the wheel up to the canal and back. Great views and friendly and informative staff. At the basin at the bottom are the original Kelpies, the huge versions by the M9 are copies and also very impressive, but these are beautiful too.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We visited here on the same day as a visit to the Kelpies. Just 15 mins drive. The boat lift wasnt open but the site is still impressive to see. The cafe, shop and tourist inforamtion centre are all good. Nice hot chococate in the warm with a great view. The models for the Kelpies are also on display here.... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This was our second visit to the Falkirk Wheel. The first time we had cycled from Bishopbriggs along the canal but arrived just in time to miss the last trip if the day. Nonetheless we were able to enjoy the amazing spectacle of this masterpiece of engineering turning while we had coffee and scones on big squishy sofas in the... More 

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Silverton, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

What a spectacular mechanical engineering wonder which is good for families as it is a good learning experience for adults as well as children. Would like to do canal boat ride next time we go. Very close to the Kelpies and you should do both in the same day, as the Kelpies is a marvel unto itself and also includes... More 

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Interesting, impressive and unique. Cafe was really good. Because of the Falkirk Wheel isn't far from the Kelpies, I'd recommend that you visit both in the same day, because I wouldn't want to see one and miss the other.

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