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“Amazing Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Falkirk Wheel

Falkirk Wheel
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Kelpies and Falkirk Wheel - Half Day Tour from Glasgow
Ranked #2 of 32 things to do in Falkirk
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Owner description: This 35-meter-high rotating boat lift, the world’s first, connects the Forth & Clyde and Union canals.
Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Amazing Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013

The Falkirk Wheel lifts boats between canals which are on two very different levels and is a most interesting and quite amazing engineering concept. There are boats for tourists to ride in to experience this lift. There was a very informative and entertaining commentary along with the ride. There is also an excellent visitors' centre with explanations about the wheel's workings. Set in a park with walks to Roman remains.

Visited October 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“outstanding, but room for improvements”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

The concept and engineering are outstanding. Well worth a visit. Traffic from the South and North is routed round the motorway which works well with good signposts. Stay on road till there is signpost, do not take the A9 turning. Large carparks,with some distance to walk. Remember the way, as the return is not well signposted. One is invited to enter the Information office,where i was told there were no free guides available. In fact I noticed at the side there was an excellent selection.
On exiting,turn left to the shop and cafe. Perhaps because it was a quiet day, the two assistants in the shop were deep in conversation, one filing her nails, quite ignoring a potential customer. Cafe was good. However none of the 3 doors to the canal basin could be used, as they were emergancy exits only or access to boat tours.
However, a great place to visit. Good walk to Roman Fort. Signposts do not give distances, so take a map.

Visited November 2013
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Dollar, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
43 attraction reviews
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“So interesting!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

Marvellous! It is a great way to spend a day out. It is worth a trip with the boat to appreciate the way this works, such a good engineering state of the art link between the two canals.
Also lots of places to walk around.

Visited September 2013
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Florence, Italy
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20 reviews
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“An enjoyable ride thanks also to the wit of the onboard staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

Definitively worth while to visit the Falkirk wheel, a real technical achievemnt. The venue is very well organised and the shop providing plenty to keep the family busy while waiting for the ride. The ride itself is quite short, but really meant to go up and down the wheel rather than a proper canal ride. Once aboard we were well amused/entertained from the man in charge. He certainly knew how to make people enjoy the ride.

Visited August 2013
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Falkirk, Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Engineering marvel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

I watched this site develop from a grass field into a site of outstanding engineering beauty. The wheel is structurally amazing and functions as a rotating boat lift, yet driven by motors demanding minimal energy. Srtand beside the wheel and as it rotates and you hear virtually no noise. Look closely and you can see the sensors which control the final positioning of the wheel before it stops and then opens to release the boats.
A must for engineers and those interested in engineering.

There is a good visitor centre with a good cafe.

Visited April 2013
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