10 Fun Facts about the Falkirk Wheel

1. It was built to reconnect the Union Canal with Forth and Clyde Canal, and was finished in 2002.

2. It’s only really open over the weekend, although you can have a poke around whenever.

3. It was built for tourism, not industry.


4. It uses the energy of only eight kettles to raise 500 tonnes of boats and water nearly 80ft into the air.

5. You can see it in action here.

The Falkirk Wheel

6. The architect made and demonstrated the design using his daughter’s Lego.

7. It has 15,000 bolts and 45,000 bolt holes.


8. You can go on a boat around the wheel – the tour takes about 50 minutes, the actual wheel only takes 5-10 minutes.

9. Before they built the Falkirk Wheel, the two canals were joined by a series of 11 locks.

10. It has one of the coolest children’s playgrounds I’ve ever seen in my life


Bonus fact: it’s very photogenic!


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