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Falkirk Wheel

Address: Falkirk, Scotland
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Ranked #4 of 13 Attractions in Falkirk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, 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, Landmarks
Hours:
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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
34 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Well, I visited this attraction yesterday at around 5pm. But I was unable to see the wheel properly, because the visitor centre was closed for some kind of private function. The website had said that the centre would be open until 8pm this month, and I did check carefully, but maybe I got something wrong. I also found it silly... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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162 reviews 162 reviews
45 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

The Falkirk a Wheel is a wonder of modern engineering - it is just a pity that modern technology cannot let you know what the opening hours are in the main public car park which is a short hike from the attraction. With two disabled members of the party, walking to the complex to find everything shut (only open Wednesday... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Arrived at the wheel which was easy to find. Looked impressive but was having a revamp so didn't see it working.

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Falkirk, Scotland, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is an amazing piece of engineering.We took the boat ride and wen't on the boat lift, a lot of fun. Don't miss it when you're in the area.

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Sonoma, California
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Visited the Falkirk Wheel and was blown away BT the ingenuity of this massive contraption. This wheel connects two canals/man made rivers. It physically moves river boats UPHILL from one canal to another on a huge ferris wheel type gismo. Well worth a trip. Public transportation can get you there from the town centre.

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I have visited the Falkirk Wheel many times and it never fails to impress me. It is an amazing feat of engineering, Do not forget to take your camera with you if you ever get the chance to visit. And make time for a cuppa in the cafe. The boat trip on the Wheel has a charge per head. If... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Watching the wheel in work was very interesting, shame not all the activities were not working properly on the day we visited, we had a lovely walk through the tunnel

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Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The setting is lovely and this really is a major engineering achievement that gives a good day out. Shop and cafe are also good.

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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195 reviews 195 reviews
66 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This is a fascinating feat of engineering and a visit to it and the surrounding area a must do. There is a coffee shop and shop in the visitor attraction area.

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is a stunning boat lift, unique in the world, I understand. Elegant and truly impressive. Loads of parking, nice shop& cafe with informative displays. Well worth a visit.

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