The Helix (including The Kelpies)
An ecopark featuring The Kelpies, a pair of 30-meter-tall horse head sculptures located in Falkirk, inspired by the working horses of Scotland's past.
The Helix is a 350-hectare eco-park that combines art, nature, and play. Its centerpiece is The Kelpies, which are two towering horse-head sculptures made of steel. The park offers a variety of activities, including walking and cycling trails, water sports, a children's play area, and scenic picnic spots. It is a unique blend of art, culture, and natural beauty.
Standing 30 metres (100ft) tall, The Kelpies stand majestically above all around them and pay homage to the working horses of Scotland which used to pull barges along Scotland’s canals and worked in the fields in the area where they now stand. Towering over a new canal extension which links the Forth & Clyde Canal to the North Sea, The Kelpies are the result of a unique collaboration between the partners and Glasgow-based artist Andy Scott. Almost a decade in the making, the project has transformed 350 hectares of underused land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a vibrant parkland, visitor attraction and marine hub with the canal and The Kelpies at its heart.
Grab a bite to eat or a souvenir of your visit in the Horsebox, get up close with The Kelpies Tour, or enjoy all the activities The Helix has to offer.
There are disabled parking spaces and accessible toilets. Access paths around the park are flat, with smooth surfaces.
Food and drink
The Plaza cafe
9.30 to 16.00 daily
The Visitor Centre cafe
9.30 to 17.00 daily
The Horsebox Cafe & Gift Shop offers visitors the chance to sample artisan ice cream, hot drinks and homemade snacks.
Visitor centre with information and gift shop
There is an exhibition space where you can learn more about the Kelpies and the history of the surrounding Falkirk area.
The park is pet-friendly but dogs are not allowed on the Kelpie Tour