The Kelpies

The Kelpies, located in Falkirk, Scotland tower a colossal 30 metres above the Forth and Clyde Canal and form a dramatic gateway to the canal entrance on the East Coast of Scotland. Created by Scotland's leading sculptor Andy Scott, The Kelpies are a monument to horse powered heritage across Central Scotland.   

Come and see the world's largest equine sculptures up close - and even go inside to marvel at the complexity and the engineering which created these fantastic pieces of art.

Key facts

  • Each structure contains approximately 18,000 individual pieces 
  • There is over 1.5 miles of steel in each structure
  • They each weigh over 300 tonnes and sit on 1,200 tonne foundations
  • Each structure has 464 steel plates 
  • In a monumental feat of engineering, The Kelpies rose from the ground in just 90 days, in late 2013. to view the video of their construction click here

You can book a Kelpies Experience Tour a 30 minute guided walking tour, the pinnacle of which is that you get to experience a Kelpie from the inside and view the breathtaking engineering and design. Click here for details of how to book your Kelpie Experience Tour.  

The Kelpies are located in the heart of Helix Park – 350 hectares of recreational green land complete with Visitor Centre which includes a cafe,gift shop and exhbition space, adventure play park, splash play fountains, lagoon and miles of cycle paths.

For full details of how to get to the Kelpies please click here.  

dog friendly

* This is a dog friendly attraction, click here for other dog friendly places in Falkirk

  • Visitor Centre with restaurant, shop and exhibition space
  • Helix Plaza Café
  • Toilets
  • The Helix Car Park has spaces for 78 cars and is free of charge, free parking is also available at The Falkirk Stadium, nearby (please check Falkirk Football Club website as parking at the stadium will be restricted  in the event of a home game)
  • Larger Car Park available at the Kelpies for which there is a charge
  • 2017 Kelpies Car Park Charges

    Cars £3.00, Motorcycles £1.00, Large Vehicles £5.00

  • The Helix Park is Wheelchair accessible

 

Public Transport to the Kelpies: the First Midland Bluebird bus, number F14 passes through Falkirk High station, stopping at Etna Road roundabout for the Kelpies. This service runs 7 days a week, click here for more information on this service including the bus timetable. There is also a First Bus number 3 that will drive you from Gartcows Row (5 mins from Falkirk High Station) to the Falkirk stadium (near the Helix). For more info on this service click here.

The routes 3, 4, 4a and 4b will get you from Falkirk town centre and Falkirk Grahamston train station to the Falkirk stadium (near the Helix). For more info on this service click here.

dog friendlyThis attraction is dog friendly

The Kelpies are always accessible for a visit.  

The Kelpies Tours  - Tickets are sold on the day from The Visitor Centre at The Helix, but the best way to avoid disappointment is to pre-book your tickets online. You can also contact The Visitor Centre on 01324 590600 for more information.

The Horsebox Cafe is open Wednesday - Sunday from 11 am till 4pm during Winter.  These hours will change on 14th March, when it will be open 7 days a week from 11am till 4pm, with this being subject to review.

  • The Helix Visitor Centre
  • Open all year round 7 days a week 9.30 am to 5 pm
  • NB Every Friday in July the Visitor Centre will be open until 7 pm

 

  • The Plaza Café is open seven days from Easter to October from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

 

  • The Helix Park Toilets are located at the Plaza Cafe. The opening hours for these toilets are:
  • October: 9:00am - 5:30pm
  • November-March: 9:00am-4:00pm
  • April-September: 9:00am-8:00pm

 

  • Kelpies Car Park
  • Open 10 am - 11pm everyday.
  • The Kelpies Car Park is closed off at 11pm and there is no egress until 7.30am when the car park re-opens.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Over the Winter period the Kelpies Car Park is free