Falkirk Wheel

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Falkirk Wheel
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
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10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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This 35-meter-high rotating boat lift, the world’s first, connects the Forth & Clyde and Union canals.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Chaosfairie
9 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
I had taster session of paddleboarding with Kerrie today. The session was amazing and has ignited a desire to continue which was highlighted with Kerrie's skill as instructor.

You start with the fun activity of putting on wet suit
and buoyancy aid which is never fun but the quality of equipment is excellent.

You are then taken down to the Dock where paddleboards are ready and waiting to be given tutorial and assistance to get into water. Then the fun begins with building skills and confidence as you play along the river as well as getting opportunity to jump of board and try to get back on again.

Kerrie was our instructor and did amazing job of working with a mixed age group sharing her knowledge and experience.

I would recommend this experience to anyone of any age for affordability as well enjoyment
Written August 11, 2021
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maisymeg
Wigan, UK2,523 contributions
Jun 2021
We visited here with my elderly parents and were all amazed by this feat of engineering.
There is ample car parking space on staggered levels, even for motorhomes, and at £3.50 for a vehicle for the entire day, not too expensive. If your fitness level allows you can walk along the canal to the Kelpies from here too.
We saw the wheel rotation a number of times which was great, then my parents went into the cafe where they had a hot drink and a scone and sat in the pleasant glass roofed area watching the wheel while myself and husband walked up to the Roman Fort/Antonine Wall area.
The cafe was reasonably priced and there were clean toilets.
There is nothing left of the Fort or Wall although there are a few information boards to enable you to imagine how it would have looked. If you are visiting the wheel it's a nice walk but if you particularly want to see Roman historical sites then I would say to go to Hadrians Wall and Vindolanda or Housesteads Fort as there is so much more that has been excavated there.
We didn't go on the canal boat on the wheel as we had all enjoyed seeing it from ground level, but if we'd had children we would've taken them on it.
Written July 7, 2021
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GraceeeeBrown
Birmingham, UK212 contributions
Sep 2020
I’ve seen the Falkirk Wheel a hundred times on discovery channel shows, so when. I was passing it on my drive through Scotland I had to stop.

The wheel itself is huge and incredibly fascinating to watch from below. I would recommend crossing the canal and walking up the hill to a small stage area to watch the wheel turn as this gives you a great view.

You can pay to take a trip on the wheel inside a canal boat, and it’s fairly affordable however I’d personally just recommend watching the wheel from the side as the boat trip doesn’t go all that fair.

From here you can also walk/ cycle to the Kelpies along the canal for a couple miles.
Written October 8, 2020
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It is really great you could visit us whilst in Scotland and see the wheel up close. I hope the rest of your trip was great too.
Written October 10, 2020
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Whi22
County Durham, UK56 contributions
Aug 2021
Prebooked trip in advance and we booked via telephone as you couldn’t get a certain ticket online. The man who dealt with this was lovely completely understood and never charged the telephone booking fee which was appreciated and we didn’t need to pay until we arrived on the day. The problems occurred as we were getting ready to board the boat (we did the original tour). It was just assumed that if you are in a wheelchair you cannot get out and walk and you have to sit in the wheelchair section. We explained the man who gave the pre briefing that we didn’t need a wheelchair space. He was not happy and got a rant from him in front of everybody else waiting for the same trip. He basically said that the seats were no good for disabilities and you will be comfier in the wheelchair (like he knows whats best for me when we doesn’t even know me) and that if I got out he would have to go and store the wheelchair away. You could tell by his face he was not happy about storing it away. This should have been sorted before and not in front of everybody else especially when you have to arrive 15 mins beforehand. He left the decision up to us so not wanting to cause more a scene and because of his attitude we felt it would be best just sitting in the wheelchair section. How wrong this decision was, you cannot see anything kids and adults jumping up in front of you for the whole trip you couldn’t see anything from the front. The side window directly beside had notices etc in they way. The other side windows were obstructed either by people or the thick border for the windows. When you sit in a wheelchair space you are sat in front of your family on your own so you cannot enjoy it as a family like everybody else was. You are really left out and the staff attitude at the beginning didn’t help. Hated the whole trip total waste of money. After the trip wasn’t much better bought a couple of items at the gift shop one item didn’t have the price on the stall. The lady who served wasn’t very nice didn’t find out the price of the other item just got told the whole price and had to take her word for it as no receipt was given as it was a cash purchase. She was talking that quietly you couldn’t hear her. When she gave change she gave one Scottish note, asked for an English one as we were leaving Scotland the next day. She was not happy by her attitude. A lady on the till beside us also asked the other lady serving for an English note so the two behind the counter had to scrat around looking for English ones. Horrible experience totally ruined. It will be even worse when the boat is back to full capacity after social distancing.
Written August 12, 2021
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK867 contributions
Jul 2021
We really didn't get this! This masterpiece of engineering should be front and centre of this visitor attraction but instead there is a flotilla of activities for youngsters to play on or in with the wheel in the background.
I appreciate this is great for families but for us "mid lifers" it was a real disappointment. We watched the wheel but were put off staying here and actually booking a tour because it was so geared towards family units.
We paid £3.50 for parking which we did not object to but it was obvious that lots of families were just walking along the canal from local estates and thus entering for free?
We then decided to walk the canal from The Wheel to the Kelpies. Admittedly it was a very hot day but notwithstanding this there is no attraction to this walk. We saw no wildlife, the canal is backed by endless housing and there isn't a bench or cafe in sight to take a break which on a 4 mile walk wasn't great. Sorry a real disappointment!
Written July 27, 2021
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Andyx72
Carlisle, UK77 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
The Falkirk Wheel is a fantastic piece of engineering, so we combined a visit to The Kelpies with the Wheel.

There is a lot going on here, other than the boat rides on the Wheel. There's loads fir kids to do, including zorbing, mini golf and water games.

We could only get booked on the revolution tour which we had booked online. Like every other attraction, we queued for our ride and when we got to the front, I showed my email confirmation to the tour guide. Despite it not saying so on the email, or in the visitor centre, we had to 'check in' first in the visitor centre and get our tickets. This would be useful information to put on the email or signpost when you join the queue! The day we went it was 25c. The boat has a glass roof but only the side windows were open. With no breeze, we were cooking inside as the roof windows were closed.

Parking is £3.50 for the day which is reasonable
Written July 23, 2021
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Bazbro
York, UK9 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Visited without kids but everything was expensive. Food was basic , I'd advise to bring a picnic.
We queued to go on the boat trip that was crowded and took an hour to go up the wheel through a small tunnel, turn around and go back down the wheel again.
The worst thing was the over bearing smell of diesel fumes and the horrendous noise from the engines of the boat.
There was a commentary that started at the top of the wheel but we couldn't hear it for the noise as above.
Didn't give the impression of being very environmentally friendly and wondered if the organisers have considered an alternative fuel?

Written August 29, 2021
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SManson84
7 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Slightly overpriced for the experience however my complaint is with the “tour/ vessel operators” as they went absolutely over the top about COVID 19 restrictions and guidelines. Considering practically every party on the vessel had a young child with them they went completely over the top. There was a speech whilst we queued and then again twice when we got on the vessel. The operator Eddie actually sounded quite threatening when saying no one could move from their allocated seat, eat, drink or remove their mask. We knew this already as Covid 19 hasn’t passed any of us by, so he just managed to freak out all the children by talking about spreading a dangerous illness. Stupid!
Written August 28, 2020
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Thank you for your review, this feedback is very valuable to us. We have completed further training with our team on how to correctly deliver the vital health and safety information to our visitors in such a way as to be informative and friendly. Again thank you for your feedback. We hope to see you visit again in the future.
Written September 24, 2020
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Simon A
Carlisle, UK101 contributions
Mar 2020
This is a marvel of modern engineering. It is very interesting to see and learn about. We paid for a family to go on the 1 hour boat trip. It is advertised as 60 minutes but actually lasts 50 minutes. The boats captain? is very good at his job, keeping everyone entertained and sharing interesting facts however the price charged is far too much when compared to what is on offer.
Written March 15, 2020
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Leslie W
60 contributions
Oct 2021
The Falkirk Wheel was every bit as interesting as I expected, and fun. The lower “landing” is surrounded by a pretty extensive amusement area. The visitor center doesn’t have much info at all – maybe it does when no COVID. But it has a nice cafe and gift shop, and ticket sales, plus indoor room to wait if the weather is bad. The tour came in a short version (up the wheel and right back down in a boat) and the long version, which I took. We loaded up a boat and a guide/pilot drove us into the open gondola. The gate at the back closed and we slowly. The gondola on the other arm went down at the same time. Lessons in displacement weights. At the top we motored out into the Canal and through a tunnel. The tunnel had recently been decorated with light bars that constantly shifted colors – like the Willy Wonka tunnel, he said, except no candy. At the other end we looked at the lock controlling access to the main canal, then turned around and came back. On the ride down, the guide pointed out things to look for from that great viewpoint. He was really funny and I got several videos of our slight, slow movement, mostly to pick up the audio. I got good looks at the gears and movement of the two opposing arms, too. This was a winner attraction for me.
Written November 11, 2021
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