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 45 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.  

  • 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

Update 9th May 2017 - Due to maintenance work at the Kelpies car park from the 9th of May 2017, parking space will be restricted. The second car park at the Helix Park and the Falkirk stadium car park are open as usual. Parking attendants will be on site to help you

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