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Things to do in Falkirk

Days out, activity packages and activities in the Falkirk area

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Falkirk Activities & Things To Do

The town of Falkirk in the Central Lowlands of Scotland lies in the Forth Valley and sits midway between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Falkirk is easily accessible by all major transport links, Falkirk having two train stations and airports at Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Steeped in history William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots and Oliver Cromwell, are just some of the influential characters that have left their mark on Falkirk.

Callendar house one of Falkirk’s many historical buildings sits in a 170 acre park. Now open to the public welcoming groups of all sizes Callendar house is open all year round and entry is free. The heart of the house is the working Georgian kitchen where you came sample food and listen to stories of old. Throughout the year Callendar house plays host to events and art exhibitions. Callendar house is the perfect setting to hold a wedding, informal family event or lively celebration. Elegant conference rooms are also available for hire.

Set in the picturesque Dunmore gardens is probably the most eccentric building in all of Scotland. The Dunmore Pineapple (1791) was built by an unknown architect. The Pineapple is now a holiday residence for groups of four, available all year round and at very competitive rates. The stunning walled garden is open to the public.

Already an iconic landmark is the Falkirk Wheel, taking 22 months to build, costing 17.5 million and taking over 500 people to build. The Wheel is the world’s only rotating boat lift. Entry to view this magnificent engineering achievement is free. Other activities at the venue include canoeing, boat trips and evening cruises as well as many events. The Wheel is also available as a wedding venue and can also play host to corporate events.

If you enjoy the outdoors and nature a visit to The Helix is a must. Described as a place to be healthy the Helix is a long- term development project. The endless outdoor activities include boating, walking, cycling and exploring the beautiful woodlands.

In recent years Falkirk as gained the reputation for being one of the best shopping centres in Scotland. Enjoying two large shopping centres and a pedestrianized high street. A short stroll away from the high street are an array of designer boutiques, gift shops and galleries.

Built in 2012 the Hippodrome in Falkirk is Scotland’s oldest picture house. Film lovers can enjoy the latest movies in this newly refurbished pre-art deco cinema. The Hippodrome also holds a silent film festival every spring. If you enjoy live music the word is Scotts Bistro or the Cornhill Inn are the places to go. And of course when in Scotland do as the Scottish do and try some authentic Scottish food at Pierre’s.


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