The Helix Park is The Home of The Kelpies - the largest equine sculptures in the world. The visitor centre at the Kelpies has a gift shop, café and more information on The Kelpies themselves. You can also take a tour from there with one of our guides who will tell you about the story of The Kelpies and even take you inside for an exclusive look at their engineering and ingenuity. The Helix has an adventure play park (with accessible equipment), splash play water fountains, parklands, woodlands, wetlands and boardwalks, a lagoon with a cosy coffee shop on its shore. See our accessibility statement on our web site for any access information you may require prior to visiting.
The Helix Park is The Home of The Kelpies - the largest equine sculptures in the world. Located between Falkirk and Grangemouth, it was created as a space for the communities in the Falkirk area to come together. The Kelpies go a step further in bringing together not only from different parts of Scotland and the UK, but from all over the world. The Kelpies have transformed the area into a five-star tourist destination.
Standing at 100ft tall and weighing more than 300 tonnes each, the magical Kelpies are a man-made wonder and a feat of engineering. The works of art, created by artist Andy Scott, have become iconic on the landscape after being modelled on real-life icons of times gone by — Clydesdale horses Duke and Baron. The Kelpies represent the lineage of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the wagons, ploughs, barges and coalships that shaped the geographical layout of Falkirk.
The Kelpies’ name reflects the mythological transforming beasts that possess the strength and endurance of 100 horses; a quality that’s analogous with the transformational change of the area’s landscapes, endurance of its inland waterways and the strength of its communities. You can visit The Kelpies free of charge any time of the day, 365 days of the year due to their prime location in The Helix park. The area around the massive sculptures has been designed to give access for all, meaning everyone can come and see them up close. You can even go inside a Kelpie on a tour for an exclusive look at their engineering and ingenuity. Don’t forget to round off your trip at the visitor centre where there is a gift shop, cafe and more information on The Kelpies themselves.
The Helix is linked to Falkirk's award winning path network, which join the local communities and places of interest with 500 km of pathways for walking and cycling on. Discover the Helix around Tour Route (HArTT), a 25km cycle route starting at The Helix and heading to The Falkirk Wheel, Callendar Park and back to The Helix. Details of the route are on our website. There are also two National Cycle Routes as well as the John Muir Trail making it incredibly accessible and the ideal base to explore from.
The Helix has an adventure play park (with accessible equipment), splash play water fountains, parklands, woodlands, wetlands and boardwalks, a lagoon with a cosy coffee shop on its shore.
See our accessibility statement on our web site for any access information you may require prior to visiting.
One car park near the main entrance is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and The Kelpies car park is open from 0800 - 2000 all year, with late openeing untill 2200 from April - Oct. There are seasonal charges for this car park. Blue badge parking is free and available at the visitor centre but it's limited.
FREE parking is also available at Falkirk Stadium (a short 2 minute walk across the road from Helix Park) all year round, except on match days involving Falkirk Football Club. It may be worthwhile checking Falkirk Football Club's fixtures list before visiting The Helix and The Kelpies.
The Visitor Centre at The Helix
Open 0930 - 1600, 7 days a week all year with late opening until 1700 April - Oct
The Plaza Café on the shore of the lagoon is open 1000 - 1600, 7 days a week April - October and weekends only over the winter months.
Plaza Cafe 7 days a week from 0900 with seasonal closing.
Kelpies car park 0900 - 2000, 7 days a week all year with late opening until 2200 April - October.
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