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  • 1. History

    Falkirk has some of the best evidence of the Roman occupation in Scotland including remnants of the Antonine Wall. The wall was similar to Hadrian’s Wall except that it has not stood the test of time as it is made of turf rather than stone. The wall marked the northern frontier between the Firth of Forth and Firth of Clyde during the AD 140s. Two major historical battles hav...Read moree taken place at Falkirk: in 1298 William Wallace was defeated by King Edward I in Falkirk and in 1746 there was another battle in the town between the Jacobites (led by Bonnie Prince Charlie) and Lieutenant General Henry Hawley. Falkirk was ‘the cradle of Scotland’s Industrial Revolution’ and was the centre for the iron and steel industry during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Forth and Clyde canal further established Falkirk as an industrial town and helped it to grow. Read less

  • 2. Now

    Falkirk is in the Central Lowlands of Scotland and midway between Scotland’s biggest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Both of these cities can be reached in just half an hour from Falkirk by road or rail. Falkirk is a large retail centre that serves a wide area of Central Scotland that stretches from Bo’ness to Cumbernauld.

  • 3. Events

    Big in Falkirk, Scotland’s national street arts festival is held in the town every May. Falkirk also hosts the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema which celebrates classic and rare films. The Silent Film Festival offers workshops for all ages and live musical accompaniments to the films.

  • 4. Attractions

    The Falkirk Wheel is the world’s only rotating boat lift and is one of Scotland’s biggest attractions. The wheel is made of 1,200 tonnes of steel and is 35 metres high. Visitors can experience this incredible feat of engineering with a 50-minute breathtaking boat journey.

  • 5. Things To Do

    Callendar House and Park tells the stories from hundreds of years of Scottish history. Mary, Queen of Scots, Oliver Cromwell and Bonnie Prince Charlie have all been guests at the house over the centuries and costumed performers will bring the stories to life in a fun-filled and educational experience. Callendar House is open daily and has changing programmes which include tempo...Read morerary exhibitions and events. Read less

  • 6. Business

    Falkirk has a strong industrial history and was once an important centre for the iron and steel industries. The town was the home to the Carron Company which manufactured UK pillar boxes and Carronades for the Royal Navy. Alexander Dennis, the largest bus production company in the United Kingdom, was based in Falkirk. Now two of the biggest employers in Falkirk are the UK Child...Read more Support Agency and Falkirk Council. Read less

  • 7. Transport

    Falkirk can be reached easily by train, rail and bus. It is just half an hour away from both Glasgow and Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland can be easily reached.

  • 8. Entertainment

    Falkirk Town Hall is the town’s major venue for performing arts, entertainment and film. There is an excellent selection of bars, pubs and restaurants in Falkirk and first class shopping facilities if you fancy indulging in some retail therapy.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    The Falkirk Wheel is the town’s most recognisable and popular landmark. The rotating boat lift was first opened in 2002 and is used to connect the waterways between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    Falkirk was the first place in Great Britain to have a fully automated system of street lighting. The system was designed and implemented by local Falkirk firm Thomas Laurie & Co Ltd. Falkirk also has the shortest street in Britain, Tolbooth Street.

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