Book a boat trip (Returning March 2024)

Enjoy the full experience of The Falkirk Wheel by sailing through the sky on our 60-minute boat trip. The Falkirk Wheel is under going essential winter works maintenance from 30th October 2023 - March 2024. Boat trips will not be operating during this time.

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Opening Hours

November 2023 - 29th February 2024
Open Wednesday - Sunday 9:45am – 15:30pm
* Free parking
1st March 2024 - 28th March 2024
Open 7 days a week 9.45am - 4.00pm
29th March 2024 - 31st May 2024
Open 7 days a week 9.45am - 5.15pm
1st June 2024 - 15th September 2024
Open 7 days a week 9.45am - 6.00pm

The Falkirk Wheel turns periodically throughout the day during the summer. Please note that a local Falkirk bus service (number 7 & 8) drops off a short 5-minute walk away (disembark at Ochil Tree Terrace).


Child (5-15yrs)
Child (under 5)
Registered Carers

* 60 years+, students and Blue Light card holders. Tickets are required for every passenger boarding a boat trip.


Dog friendly
Gift shop
Family friendly
Venue hire

About The Falkirk Wheel

The world’s only rotating boat lift, The Falkirk Wheel links the Forth & Clyde Canal to the Union Canal 35 metres above, allowing vessels to sail through the sky thanks to a unique fusion of art and engineering – and the same power it would take to boil eight kettles.

Transforming the contaminated site of a former tar works, The Falkirk Wheel opened in 2002 and replaced a flight of 11 locks that once stepped the Union Canal down to the level of the Forth & Clyde, more than 100 feet below. Whereas weary travellers once had a day’s heavy work opening and closing 44 lock gates to complete the journey between the two canals, The Falkirk Wheel allows vessels to transit between the two waterways in just a few minutes.

Now one of Scotland’s busiest tourist attractions, The Falkirk Wheel attracts around 500,000 visitors each year. The Wheel has transformed Falkirk into a key tourism destination, with visitors traveling from all over the world to marvel at the working sculpture which combines modern engineering and technology with ancient principles set out by Archimedes more than 2000 years ago.

When one of the structure’s gondolas is lowered, the opposite one rises, keeping the vast, 1800 tonne boat lift in perfect balance as it carries canal barges 35 metres into the air in a matter of minutes. Incredibly, the structure uses just 1.5kWh for each rotation.

Sustainability spotlight

Solar Power

Solar Power

In May 2023 our solar panels provided us with 9% of the energy we used - a whopping 3,743 kWh!

Green Tourism

Green Tourism

We're proud to have been awarded the Gold standard in Green Tourism.



We're working hard to bring the choice of as many eco-friendly, sustainable and locally-sourced products to our gift shop as we can.

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0300 373 0868

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The Falkirk Wheel
Lime Road