Reinventing The Falkirk Wheel

The Falkirk Wheel is set for a mini revolution as a £1million programme to revamp and develop new visitor experiences at the world’s only rotating boat lift gets underway.

The project will see the 13-year-old Wheel, which links the Forth & Clyde Canal to the Union Canal 35m (115ft) above, refurbished inside and out, with the existing visitor centre, trip boats, conference rooms and activity hub refreshed with new branding, signage and interpretation celebrating the engineering behind the iconic structure.

The Falkirk Wheel will remain open throughout the works, which are due to be completed this summer. The project forms part of a phased investment plan which will see further improvements and exciting new visitor experiences developed over the coming years to keep the attraction fresh and encourage people to come back time and again.

The revitalisation of the Wheel, the construction of which formed a key part of the £84.5 million Millennium Link project, comes on the back of its busiest year ever, with more than 600,000 people enjoying a visit to the working sculpture in 2015. It’s hoped the project will encourage even more people to take a turn on The Falkirk Wheel in the years to come, with the profits generated by the attraction reinvested in safeguarding the rich heritage of Scotland’s 250-year-old canals.

Upcoming works:

  • Friday 29th July – Phase 1 of the Water Play Park has now reopened.
  • Monday 18th July – Kids Play Park is now open. Phase 1 of the Water Play Park is still undergoing work.
  • From Monday 11th April until Summer 2016 – phase 1 of the Water Play Park and playground will be closed. This includes the mini canal, Archimedes screw and outdoor classroom as well as the Kids Play Park. Our giant map of Scotland, and pool will still be available for all to use. Waterwalking activities, green pedal boats and Segways will be open as usual.
  • The retail shop and reception area will be undergoing works from the 18th April for 2 weeks, however boat tickets will still be available from the reception area at the front door, and our shop will be open as normal – this has now been completed.
  • Whilst one of our regular trip boats undergoes some refurbishment, we’ll be using an alternative vessel for our boat trips between 18 March – 24 March and 18 April – 21 May. Please note that we have restricted capacity on these trips and the boat does not have disabled access – this has now been completed.
  • Cafe closed between 9th and 22nd March. There will be limited food and drink available in our conference room during this time – this has now been completed.

This page will be updated with further information as it becomes available. You can also follow us on Twitter @FalkirkWheel for updates.

Header Image: Nick Millson Photography –

Page last updated:  29th July 2016

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