Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk

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Must see · Architectural Building · Landmark
Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boatlift in Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. This engineering phenomenon attracts over 400,000 tourists every year to its visitor's center. Take a boat ride on the lift and into the canal to experience the ingenious mechanism. A boat departs from the harbor every hour, so you'll have frequent opportunities throughout the day to tour the canal and admire the lift's operation. The channel connects Glasgow with Edinburgh, so consider using it as your means of transport when touring these two great cities. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Falkirk Wheel by using our Falkirk road trip planning app.
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  • Travelling pre-Covid we visited here as part of our total canal boating package. What a marvelous piece of engineering and a great solution to cut out so many locks. The little boat ride was very...  more »
  • The design of this wheel is both simple and genius. I sat a watched 2 narrowboats on the rotating wheel and enjoyed seeing this amazing structure at work. There is a handy Bus service from Falkirk...  more »
  • Brilliant experience. The actual trip on the wheel along with the short journey along the canal was great. The lady (sorry can’t remember her name) taking us on the tour was very informative & funny. The staff overall were pleasant & helpful. The cafe & it’s staff were great too.
  • I love seeing the applied science in action, and the shop is, for me, the best tourist shop around. The play area, illustrating more scientific principles for children, is an interesting and enjoyable touch. I like the fact that it is a working operation, not a tourist trap. Everything is functional and authentic, including the eating area with a good view of the wheel and perfectly adequate offerings while you wait.

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