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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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This is an impressive bit of engineering - and sufficiently huge to be just all-round a bit special. The site is not particularly well developed but it's really pretty special to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

This is an impressive bit of engineering - and sufficiently huge to be just all-round a bit special. The site is not particularly well developed but it's really pretty special to watch it doing its thing. We didn't go on one of the boat trips but I probably would if I had had more time there.

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Well worth the travel time to the Wheel. Just watching it in action before taking to the boat to ride the wheel was a pleasure in itself. 4 minutes is far too short a time to enjoy the views from the top before the boat moves on down the canal a short way before coming back onto the wheel to... More 

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Falkirk District, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Food okay but spent three and half hours getting a meal from when we went in till we come out due to long wait between courses

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Paisley, Scotland
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Whenever we have friends staying with us we always take them to the Falkirk Wheel - much to our family's amusement - but why deprive them of the experience! This time it was a friend from California and we went via The Kelpies - excellent road sign directions all the way from there. After walking round the Wheel in glorious... More 

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Gloucester
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

A remarkable piece of engineering, it has to be experienced. Book on one of the boat trips to get the most out of your visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend and I went up yesterday on our day off. It was a wonderful sunny day and I couldn't have picked a better day to show off what is one of my favourite places in Scotland. Seeing the wheel in action is something to behold. I haven't been with kids but those around us were amazed at the mechanics.... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing feat of engineering and well worth a visit. We had the full experience on the wheel moving out onto the canal at the top of the circle. The weather was grim so we were pleased to be under cover but even that did not spoil the trip. The commentary was delivered in a dry and amusing... More 

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Erskine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This a very good day out and a great working attraction. It is informative and interresting. Visitors can picnic or buy food in the restaurant, the food is of a good standard. Enjoyed my visit and so did our visitors from Canada.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Scottish engineering has a long history of great achievement,and the Falkirk Wheel is a exemplary masterpiece of modern engineering science combined with art. The Wheel centrepiece, the boat elevator, not only impresses in its huge scale and state-of-art technology, but it looks like an enormous piece of metallic sculpture too. The ride on the wheel to the top canal, and... More 

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Tayport
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed the boat trip. We were at the top and I had not realised we were moving. It was so smooth . Definitely worth going on. An experience with a difference.

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