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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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Spalding, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Locks - you either love them or hate them - I prefer not to have to do any hard work when I've been on a narrow boat so the Falkirk wheel would have been a most welcome sight to me. This boat lift was designed to replace a few locks - built in Derbyshire and then transported in pieces by... More

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Canberra, Australia
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223 reviews 223 reviews
133 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

So glad we stopped at the Falkirk Wheel. A marvelous piece of engineering, build to join the Forth and Clyde with the Union canal in the 2000s. Its a boat lift using gondolas and the Archimedes principle. TIP: Take the time to walk around the park - the wheel is impressive from many angles. TIP: The booking system is a... More

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Dunsborough, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Had seen a program on the wheel some time ago on television so it was good to go on it. The wheel takes you up to the top loch and along a short distance on the canal. The view from the top is spectacular. Alison our guide was very funny and gave us good facts about the wheel. Worth a... More

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Seattle, Washington
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52 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Due to my primary source of research being a 20 year old tourbook, I didn't discover The Falkirk Wheel until we'd already left the Edinburgh region. Ironically, we had been driven right past it, and had no idea. Clearly, I should have been using TripAdvisor to research my trip. Fortunately, Scotland is less than 40 miles wide at that point,... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

It was absolutely brilliant, you got in a boat and were taken up the lift, and then onto the canal and under a tunnel and into the canal basin. You then turned round and came back the same way, and back down the Falkirk Wheel.

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Scotland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Well worth taking the boat trip which is around an hour long. The wheel is fascinating - even for me who has no interest in engineering! Good gift shop and probably an equally good cafe - we did the last boat trip (16.10) and missed it, as it closed at 17.30.Plenty of parking and very attractive area along the canal.... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We went here after visiting the Kelpies and the satnav postcode was spot on. It took a few minutes to travel between the sites by car although I understand you may be able to do the journey by bus or boat as well. We arrived just in time to see the wheel in action and it is truly an engineering... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
26 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This is an excellent way to spend several hours on a piece of engineering construction that is a true marvel. Elegant and functional, this is a modern miracle, breathtaking in its appearance and a delight to try out in the frequent tourist boats that are transferred from one canal to another. There are stunning views from the upper level and... More

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Derbyshire
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We had a very enjoyable visit to the Falkirk Wheel and what a piece of engineering. We took the boat trip up the wheel which we thought was reasonably priced and well worth it. There were videos to watch explaining the workings of the wheel and the guide was both amusing and interesting. A very pleasant visit which we would... More

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16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

decided to take a trip here after visiting the Kelpies. Amazing feat of engineering. Went on the boat trip which was so relaxing my husband nodded off! I found it very interesting. This is a glass topped boat and if travelling with kids in summer take a drink on board. We spent a couple of hours at the falkirk wheel... More

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