County (pre 1975): Stirlingshire; Region/District (1975-1996): Central/Falkirk; Unitary Authority: Falkirk
Falkirk is a town situated in the Forth Valley, almost equidistant between the two most populous cities of Scotland, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The town lies at the junction of the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Union Canal, a location which proved pivotal to the growth of Falkirk as a centre of heavy industry during the Industrial Revolution. In the 18th and 19th centuries Falkirk was at the centre of the iron and steel industry, underpinned by the Carron Company situated in the nearby village of Carron. The company was responsible for the manufacturing of Carronades (a type of cannon) for the Royal Navy and also later many UK pillar boxes.
Attractions in and around Falkirk include the Falkirk Wheel, Callendar House and Park and remnants of the Antonine Wall.
The Falkirk Wheel, the only rotary canal connector in the world is located within Falkirk. The attraction was completed in 2002 and it connects the Forth and Clyde Canal to the Union Canal, built to commemorate the new Millennium.
Accommodation in Falkirk
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