The Falkirk Wheel

Scotland's most exciting example of 21st century engineering, The Falkirk Wheel is the World's only rotating boat lift - lifting boats 115 ft which links the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. It is 'We're Good to Go' certified.


Covid-19 updates:

  • Visitor centre is open and boat trips are back.
  • The on-site playpark is currently open too, including their new Mini Golf, segways, water peddlers, bumper boats, bike hire, bungee trampolines, and more.
  • The airstream food truck is open for takeaways Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 4.30pm.
  • Please see FAQs and information surrounding visiting The Falkirk Wheel during Covid-19 here.


The Falkirk Wheel is a magnificent, mechanical marvel which has been constructed to 21st century, state-of-the-art engineering. It is already being recognised as an iconic landmark worthy of Scotland's traditional engineering expertise.


Designed to replace a series of lock gates built in the 19th century - long since demolished and replaced by housing - The Falkirk Wheel is the showpiece of the Millennium Link project where coast-to-coast navigation of the canals has been re-established for the first time in over 40 years. This fabulous journey was showcased on the very popular TV series Great Canal Journeys, with Timothy West and Prunella Scales.


The Wheel is great for a family day out with a Childrens Activity Zone, Mini Canal & Water Play Park, Water Activity Zone, Cycle Hire, Water Zorbing, Canoeing, Boat trips and Woodland Walks which take in parts of the Antonine Wall a World Heritage Site and Roughcastle Roman Fort.  See the Outdoor Trax website here for more details on Waterwalking and cycle hire.


Put your golfing skills to the test at their brand new outdoor mini-golf course. Discover more here.


The Scottish Segway Centre is also now based at the Falkirk Wheel so why not try a Segway Tour of the Falkirk Wheel and its surrounding area? 


The Wheel also hosts a range of Family Friendly events throughout the year keep checking the Falkirk Wheel website for details. 


Special group rates are available and the visitor centre is open at no cost to sit and view The Falkirk Wheel or have a delicious coffee and a wide variety of quality foods.


Boat trips on the canals can be also arranged at competitive rates.


For visitors taking the boat trip, the entire Wheel Experience will last for approximately 60 minutes on a round trip and ascent and descent through the wheel.


The Falkirk Wheel is only a short ten minute drive or bus trip from the historic Falkirk Town Centre where you will find a great range of independent retailers, shopping centres and a fine selection of cafes and restaurants. 


dog friendly

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


Were Good To Go Logo

**We're good to go certifies that they're adhering to the respective government and public health guidance, and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment to check they have the required processes and protocols in place.


Response to Coronavirus

Their latest Coronavirus statement, along with FAQs and information about the Falkirk Wheel Visitor Centre, boat trips and outdoor catering can be found here.

  • Disabled Access
  • Visitor Centre
  • Café
  • Public Toilets
  • Children’s Play Areas


dog friendlyThis attraction is dog friendly*

 (* please note: dogs are not allowed inside the attraction, unless an assistance dog, but are permitted on the grounds)

**Check their response to Coronavirus for up-to-date information

Summer Opening Hours

March to October, 7 days a week from 10am to 5.30pm (including bank holidays)

Winter Opening Hours

November to March, 5 days a week (Wednesday to Sunday), 11am to 3.30pm. (Closed 25&26 December and 1&2 January) 

Boat Trips

Boat trips are available at various times throughout the day. Check availability and prices here.

Please note that Boat Trips do not run during November as we undertake our annual maintenance at this time. Exact details will be posted on our website nearer the time.

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre, Cafe and Gift Shop are open every day from 10am to 5.30pm. Access to the footpaths around the site is possible after closing (times are variable).

Much of the site is on one level and accessible for visitors with limited mobility. A number of disabled parking spaces are located directly outside the Visitor Centre and wheelchairs and mobility scooters can be taken onboard the boat trip. Wheelchairs are also available to borrow free of charge. If you are visiting in the run up to Christmas, look out for specific ASN-friendly boat trips to see Santa.

More information at The Falkirk Wheel website.

You can find this attraction in ‘Welcome’. A free app that allows you to inform the attraction of your visit and let them know about any specific assistance you require. Discover more here.