Falkirk Council

Falkirk Council
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Attractions

Visit Falkirk

With an extensive range of indoor and outdoor attractions in the Falkirk area, you'll find something to do whatever the weather and with many being free of charge, your visit needn't break the bank!

Whether you're seeking peace and quiet, exciting activities, culture and heritage or green spaces, you can find them all in the Falkirk area.

Let us guide you through the Falkirk experience.

The Falkirk Wheel|

The world's first and only rotating boatlift was designed to connect the Union Canal with the Forth and Clyde Canal 35m (115ft) below. Opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2002, this 35m high engineering marvel attracts visitors from all over the world and is one of Scotland's most popular attractions.

With free entry to the site, visitors can enjoy the visitor centre, gift shop, restaurant, outdoor play area and a mini canal water feature for children to play in. The highlight of the visit is a boat ride on the Wheel (charges apply).

Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway|

Central Scotland's steam railway by the Firth of Forth, with a 10 mile round trip calling at Kinneil Halt, Birkhill Station and over the River Avon viaduct. Don't miss the museum of Scottish Railways at Bo'ness Station and look out for special events, including visits by Thomas the Tank engine.

Callendar House and Park|

One of Scotland's finest baronial mansions, Callendar House displays over 2000 years of Scottish history and has played host to many great historical figures such as Mary Queen of Scots, Oliver Cromwell and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Not to be missed is the working Georgian kitchen, brought to life through costumed interpreters.

The mansion also houses The Park Gallery, a contemporary visual art space featuring emerging and established local, national and international artists.

The house is situated in the magnificent setting of Callendar Park, offering beautiful walks, a 9 hole golf course, crazy golf, boating lake, children's play area and more.

Muiravonside Country Park|

With 170 acres of woodland, parkland and gardens with nature trails, picnic sites, farm animals, visitor centre and cafe, Muiravonside Country Park is a popular spot with families. Formerly owned by the Stirling family of Falkirk, the site today is owned and managed by Falkirk Community Trust.

The Helix (coming soon)|

A new 300 acre park and visitor attraction. The first phase opens Autumn 2013, including lagoon, wetlands, splash play area, trails and outdoor event space. Two massive sculptures, The Kelpies, will be completed by Summer 2014, alongside a new canal link.

Antonine Wall|

The Antonine Wall is the largest relic of the Roman occupation of Scotland.

Built around AD142, on the orders of the Emperor Antoninus Pius, it marked the northern border to the Roman Empire and was constructed as a defence against the northern tribes.

Barbara Davidson Pottery|

This working pottery in Larbert has been run by Barbara Davidson and her husband for over 40 years. The old farm buildings are home to a pottery shop and a gift shop where visitors can purchase Barbara's creations including dinner sets, coffee sets and special commissions.

Blackness Castle|

Shaped like a ship and situated on a promontory which juts out into the Forth, this 15th century castle is known as the ship that never sailed.

The castle is approached through the little village of Blackness, not far from Bo'ness.

Bo'ness Motor Museum|

Home to a private collection of over 20 vehicles from TV and film, including the Lotus Esprit SI from "The Spy Who Loved Me". The James Bond theme continues with the Double O bar and Miss Moneypenny's Diner, whilst the Little Monster's Fun Factory will keep the children amused.

The Bridgeness Slab|

A Roman legionary distance marker stone was found in Bo'ness in 1868. One of the best examples of its kind, it is displayed at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and a replica has been installed at Kinnigars Park, Harbour Road, Bo'ness.

Callendar Estate Cycle Trails|

19km of single track cycle trails through mature woodland offering a great day out for all the family. The trails are graded from beginner to advanced providing something for every one.

Canals and Boating|

The Falkirk Wheel, the world's first and only rotating boat lift, was designed to connect the Union Canal with the Forth and Clyde Canal 35m (115ft) below.

Since the Wheel's opening in 2002, people have been able to travel on the canals between Edinburgh and Glasgow, with the route popular for cycling and walking as well as the hiring of canal barges.

The Dunmore Pineapple|

One of the architectural wonders of Scotland is the beautifully built Pineapple in the garden of Dunmore House, near Falkirk. This unusual structure was built in 1761 by an unknown architect as a garden retreat. It is believed pineapples were grown in hot-houses on the south side of the garden wall. Now in the custody of the National Trust for Scotland, the property can be hired from the Landmark Trust as an unusual holiday apartment.

Falkirk Steeple|

The Steeple has been a landmark in Falkirk since the late 15th century. The present steeple is actually the third to be erected and dates back to 1814. Designed by David Hamilton, a leading architect of the time, and built with sandstone, it is over 140 feet high and 22 feet square at ground level. It contained two jail cells as well as two other rooms, being used at the time as the town lock-up.

In 1927 the Steeple lost its top when it was struck by lightning but it was immediately re-built. Today the Steeple is a Falkirk Community Trust information point and houses the box office for Cultural Services events and activities throughout the Falkirk area.

The 'Faw Kirk' Historic Graveyard|

The graveyard at Falkirk Old and St Modan's Parish Church, known as the Faw Kirk, contains important historical memorials from the era of William Wallace, the Battle of Falkirk 1298 and the second Battle of Falkirk in 1746.

The Hippodrome Cinema|

Scotland's oldest picture palace, over 100 years old and beautifully restored. Screening the latest releases and classic films. Look out for the annual Festival of Silent Cinema held every March.

Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre|

With 10 acres of varied habitats, including ponds, wetlands, woodlands and wild flower meadows, this small nature reserve is a relaxing retreat for both the young and old.

In partnership with local people and industry, the Scottish Wildlife Trust have created this centre as a valuable educational and community resource, a lovely spot to enjoy the native species of wild flowers and birds.

Kinneil House, Museum and Estate|

Kinneil Museum, located in Kinneil Estate, houses the exhibition, "2000 Years of History". Here you can learn all about the estate and those associated with it, such as Antoninus Pius, St Serf, Mary Queen of Scots and James Watt.

Around the Estate are several other sites of interest including a Roman Fortlet site, a medieval village, Kinneil House, James Watt's cottage and the local sites of the Antonine Wall.

Xtreme Karting|

Experience the thrill and adrenaline of indoor karting at its best at Scotland's only 5 star karting centre. (Rated by VisitScotland)

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