The Kelpies & The Helix
The Kelpies & The Helix
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The Helix: Home of the Kelpies covers over 350 hectares of green space between Falkirk and Grangemouth. The Helix includes the Plaza Cafe, the lagoon, woodland and wetland areas, miles of pathways and the Adventure Zone play area. The jewel in The Helix project is The Kelpies - the world's largest equine sculptures, standing at 30 metres tall and weighing over 300 tonnes each. To get up close and personal with The Kelpies, our highly recommended guided tours let you get inside the magnificient structures. The Visitor Centre is open from 10:00-16:30 daily and contains a Cafe, a gift shop and toilet facilities.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • mlm30
    Durham, United Kingdom105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Kelpies
    We saw the Kelpies from the motorway and were amazed at their size. This view didn’t do justice to them..when we actually went to The Helix and went on the tour of the Kelpies it was staggering. The tour is certainly worth going on. Our guide was so enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. The tour allows you to go inside one of the Kelpies. The sheer size and structure is quite something.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Kathleen V
    199 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved The Kelpies Up Close
    I've passed by The Kelpies a few times over the years while leading tours in Scotland. This was the first time we stopped, toured the visitor centre, and were then treated to a private tour of the inside. Our guide, Andrew, was full of information and stories. One man's simple dream expanded and is now known around the world. Whimsical, yet inspiring. Next time I'd like to try the nearby canal boat tour!
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Sandy P
    Melbourne, Australia31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend a morning out of Edinburgh
    These sculptures were amazing. We didn't want to take a day trip as we only wanted to visit the Kelpies so we decided to go by public transport from Edinburgh taking the Glasgow train to Falkirk High. When you exit the station turn right and walk down to the bus stop. Catch the bus (NO 2 ) and get off at the stadium stop. Take the relaxing walk through the park until you reach the Kelpies. Photos don't capture the beauty of these sculptures or the sheer size. We spent quite some time walking around them and taking photos. Their was an ice cream truck and a fabulous cafe right there. We had lunch in the cafe which was reasonably priced with very nice food, good service too and lovely friendly staff. We had a wonderful morning then we walked back to the bus stop and caught the bus back to Falkirk High then the train to Edinburgh.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Jude B
    Neath Port Talbot, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An enchanting evening!
    I called in here in the evening on my way back home to Wales from Aberdeenshire. It was an amazing sight! The visitor centre was closed but that was fine. The car parks were open - just a £2 charge to park up. We walked all around The Kelpies and then had a coffee from the onsite van. It was well worth a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2023
  • WaJello
    1,477 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get there before Sunset
    This was the one thing I was looking forward to! It did not disappoint. Don’t worry about if the park is open. My best suggestion is pick up some food before you go, get there before sunset. There is a free parking lot outside the park with a path to walk in. You can then sit near the Kelpies or at a picnic table a little bit back and watch the lights come on. Just beware that there is standing water which means mosquitos
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Suzanne1London
    580 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Andy Scott you are a genius.
    We truly enjoyed our two visits to the Kelpies. Firstly, at nearly midnight and we were not alone. There was an almost silent procession of people going and returning after what they had witness, the breathtaking beauty of these sculptures. With knowing looks between strangers as if to say this is special, this is a man made wonder in the modern world. I imaging our ancestors seeing stone henge for the first time, it is similar, its a goose bump moment. The second visit was the following morning, when it was a lot more visitors about but equally, thought provoking. The sun shines on these sculptures. To pop a cherry, on this delicious cake, we had booked a tour, with the brilliant Pat, who took us inside and she told us so much information, about the history, the construction and she answered all our questions, with such eloquence. She is the right woman, in the right job. There is free parking, a good cafe and a gift shop. Perfect day our for everyone. Even our ' American cousins', who, whilst I visited to spotless loo, asked me if the wrapped tampon, in a box by the basins, "Is this candy" lol
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • SteadyS
    Corpusty, United Kingdom106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Really impressive from afar, close up, and inside.Free to walk around, small charge for car park. Recommend the tour inside to see and hear how it was constructed. Tour really cheap and tour guide was very amusing and informative. Some good walks along the canal which goes through the middle of the 2 horse heads.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, United Kingdom1,320 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very attractive
    These really are striking pieces, both from a bit of a distance but especially close up when you can see the incredible technique used to make them. We were there in sunshine but I gather that they are particularly impressive at night. We didn’t do the inside tour as we had a dog with us but wandering around the outside is great anyway.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Sam B
    Glasgow, United Kingdom31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good day out
    Went to the kelpies with my family. The attraction is wheelchair accessible and has a few beautiful walks in the helix park it also has a visitor centre that was very informative. There are a couple of snack bars outside and also a café in the visitor centre. The gift shop is mostly for tourists quite expensive but overall a good day out.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 20, 2023
  • gatesheadgirlie
    793 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting , scenic Day
    Spent the whole day wandering around the Helix, Kelpies and Falkirk wheel. Absolutely fab day. Armed with backpacks and picnic we parked for free at the huge Falkirk football stadium. Its a short well signposted walk to the Helix park and about half an hour walk to the Kelpies through the park from the stadium. All on the flat with well maintained pathways. At the Kelpies we saw the signs for the Falkirk Wheel about 4 miles away. We decided to walk there (and back) and were so pleased we did. Again all on the flat along the canal on well maintained pathways. About 3/4 the way along we popped into the Canal Inn, a very friendly local pub for a swift drink and toilet stop. The Falkirk wheel is a sight to behold and just wish we had the time to go on one of the boat trips. Loads to do and see, all very clean with picnic areas, cafe and toilets. Very busy with families and cyclists enjoying the great outdoors....
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 22, 2023
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Jag
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Have passed the Kelpies loads of times passing on the motorway. Attended today for a tour which was really worthwhile, loads of information provided by a friendly guide who is very keen on the whole project which she shared. Visited the internal Kelpie to see the mass of work which went into their build and design we were there in the afternoon which provided plenty of time to see the Kelpies and the ties up barges close by would highly recommend.
Written January 28, 2020
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Thank you for your review and I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit and your tour of the Kelpies. Thank you also for taking the time to stop by and see us, as while the Kelpies do look good from the motorway, they are much better up close and personal! I hope we will be able to welcome you back to visit us again here at The Helix: Home of the Kelpies in the future... Kind regards, Vickie
Written February 6, 2020
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lynng515
Manchester, UK45 contributions
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Sep 2022
We were on a visit to Falkirk for leisure to see a few of the sights one being the Kelpies. We have visited the Kelpies before during the day and my husband discovered that there is a tour inside them that you can do for only £6.50 each, which we booked on.

We were met outside the visitors centre by a lady named Pat who walked us as a group across to Duke and opened the one tonne door for us all. Inside was great you could see all the engineering that has gone in the making of it, it is amazing. Pat explained, using information boards how the idea and design came to life by Andy Scott. Would highly recommend taking the tour, it takes about 30 minutes but well worth it. Pat couldn't have been more friendly and helpful in answering questions.

We have visited the Kelpies (Duke and Barron) before during the day and have always wanted to see them lit up at night, so a few nights later on a cold but clear night we went back to see them and it is even more beautiful and atmospheric at night, great to just watch the colours morph or to have a wander through.

Parking is open until 10pm and free so plenty of time to visit at night. If you are in the area it is a must to visit.
Written October 4, 2022
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purpletravller
Glasgow, UK329 contributions
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Jan 2020
Absolutely superb and so worth a visit. Would also recommend booking the tour as you are taken inside the kelpies and get the full story of how they came about plus some fascinating history. Our tour guide, Andy, was very loud but entertaining. Even better, as a special January offer the tour was free. We paid £2 for parking which was fine as there is such a lot to do and see in the surrounding area. Visitor Centre was clean and had a good selection of souvenirs. The café area isn’t very big and it was absolutely mobbed when we were in. All in all, a great day out.
Written January 19, 2020
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Thank you for your review and I apologise for the delay in my response. I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us and your tour with Andy - as you will now know, Andy is a larger-than-life character who is one of our most experienced Guides and his personality and passion for the Kelpies really does shine through in his tours! I hope we will be able to welcome you back to The Helix - Home of the Kelpies for another visit in the future... Kind regards, Vickie
Written February 6, 2020
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alfie50
Southwold, UK2,751 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
We come here quite often with our little dog. The kelpies are both beautiful sculptures, if you ste in the area they ate well worth the effort. Beautiful. As it was so wet Yesterday we ended up by going into the visitor centre/cafe for first time which was interesting, the food was good and reasonably priced.
Written January 3, 2020
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Thank you for your review and I apologise for the amount of time it has taken to respond. I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us here at The Helix: Home of the Kelpies and that you enjoyed your first visit into the Visitor Centre. I hope we will be able to welcome you back for many more visits in the future... Kind regards, Vickie
Written February 6, 2020
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Slavetothecat
Manchester, UK472 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
We were lucky enough to arrive during a brilliant sunset that set off these magnificent sculptures beautifully. At every angle they hold your gaze, whether far or near, you find yourself standing awestruck, wondering what they are thinking, or at least I did. We paid to park nearby as it was getting late, I wish we could have had more time with them but that car park shuts at 9.45pm. The only disappointment was the state of the toilets but it was at the end of a busy August day so understandable. I would definitely visit The Kelpies again, would like to book onto the tour.
Written August 21, 2021
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deebeeceeUk
United Kingdom562 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Couples
Wanted to see the Kelpies on our visit to Scotland so detoured to Falkirk. Fortunately the rain stopped for a while and we had a chance to stroll up to them.

They are huge and impressive and look amazing when the sun shines on them.

The cost is £3 for the car park, well managed with covid measures and payment is by contactless.

Read up about them on Google as the info centre is still closed. The toilets are also closed. Met a lovely man who worked there who gave us some history and insight and took pics of us.
Written August 31, 2020
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Bailey T
Nottingham, UK105 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Couples
The Kelpies are worth a visit if you are passing by. They are impressively sized sculptures and best viewed close up (although, you can get an ok view from the motorway whilst passing by). The Kelpies do light up at sunset and there are tours to go inside them, but little other information.

Parking closest to The Kelpies is a manned car parking fee of £2 or parking further away with a short walk is free.

There is a gift shop with a cafe and small exhibition.
Written March 13, 2020
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Thank you for your review and for the great information about us here at The Helix: Home of the Kelpies. While you can see the Kelpies from the motorway I do agree with you that they are best viewed 'up close and personal' and it is a lot safer than trying to get a good look while flying past on the road! I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us and I hope we will be able to welcome you back for another visit in the future... Kind regards, Vickie
Written April 2, 2020
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Charlie
Brisbane, Australia147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
The Kelpies are a stunning view which you can see from the road, but when you get closer they are even more stunning.

High in the sky with a dose of Scottish mythos, it’s well worth a visit for mythology fans and sculpture lovers.

Entrance was free and you could go inside at a cost, but even just seeing them was brilliant. Recommended!
Written January 8, 2020
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Thank you for your review and I apologise for the delay in my response. The Kelpies do look good from the road but I agree with you that they look even better when you see them up close, and it's a lot safer than trying to get a good look at them while whizzing past in a car! I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit and I hope we will be able to welcome you back to The Helix: Home of the Kelpies to visit us again in the future... Kind regards, Vickie
Written February 6, 2020
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Roger K
Rio Rancho, NM479 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This was our final stop on our own, personal Andy Scott tour. The Kelpies are perhaps his best known works - and by far the largest of the ones that we saw.

We stopped in mid afternoon on a beautiful, partly cloudy day and the low afternoon sun made for some georgeous pictures. The place is free and there is pleny of parking, although if the close-in parking is full, you will have a bit of a walk.

But if you are planning on seeing the Kelpies during your vacation, I suggest also seeking out the other Andy Scott sculptures in Scotland as well. There is one in Aberdeen, one in Glasgow and a string of five others to the north and east of Stirling, almost all located in round-abouts.
Written January 2, 2020
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Thank you for your review and I am glad that you enjoyed your visit with us. We are very lucky to be so close to so many pieces of Andy Scott's amazing sculpture here at The Helix: Home of the Kelpies and I am pleased that you enjoyed visiting them, especially the Kelpies, and that got some lovely pictures while you were here. I hope we will be able to welcome you back to visit us again in the future... Kind regards, Vickie
Written January 14, 2020
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Russellnuman
Peak District80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Wow, these structures are breath taking, it was great to see them and they are awe inspiring. We spent a good morning in lovely autumn sun admiring the Kelpies and they were just stunning.

Andy Scott has made a modern masterpiece and I would recommend anyone take the time to visit these spine tingling pieces of art.
Written September 29, 2020
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