Steeped in ancient history, Falkirk contains relics of its Roman past, found at the remains of the Antonine Wall that Romans erected across Central Scotland from the Forth to the Clyde to form the northern demarcation line of the Roman Empire in the 2nd century AD. The town is also world renowned for its battle site that resulted in the defeat of Scotland's 'Braveheart', William Wallace at the battle of Falkirk in 1298.
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This vibrant cultural and commercial centre in the heart of Scotland developed significantly during the 19th century Industrial Revolution and is the very place where industrial pioneer, James Watt developed the steam engine. With the advent of the Forth and Clyde Canal and Union Canal, Falkirk contributed significantly in the transportation of raw materials and goods to nearby Glasgow and Edinburgh and today, both canals are central to the town's industrial heritage and leisure market with the Falkirk Wheel being a major centre of attraction at the junction of both canals. As the world's first revolving boat lift, The Falkirk Wheel was opened into 2002 as part of the Millenium Link project and has been the country's largest engineering feats of the 21st century.
Enjoying a central location between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Falkirk is well provided by excellent transportation links with motorways and rail links connecting the town with the rest of the country and equally offers visitors the perfect base for exploring Central and Southern Scotland. Relatively large in size, this bustling commercial centre boasts a wide selection of retail emporiums, high street stores and leisure amenities to choose from, including the Mariner Leisure Centre being a much-loved local family attraction and Calendar Park featuring the restored Calendar House Mansion originating from the 12th Century. Discover Falkirk and experience the many cultural treasures and curiosities that this welcoming town has to offer.