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Facilities and Parking

Here's some important information for anyone visiting The Helix or The Kelpies. 

  • The Plaza Cafe serves a selection of sandwiches, snacks, cakes, hot and cold drinks, and ice creams for warmer days. The theme of our café is "the outside, indoors" hence its open plan nature and tables and chairs overlooking the lagoon.

    For up to date Plaza Cafe opening times please visit the Eating at The Helix page. 

  • The Kelpies Tours are bookable online or by calling our visitor centre - we really recommend you pre book to avoid disappointment on busy days!

    You can book here online or in person at The Visitor Centre at The Helix. 

    For more information on the tour please phone 01324 590600.

  • There are toilets available in The Visitor Centre during opening hours of 9:30 - 17:00. 

    There are toilets vailable at the Plaza Cafe and Kelpies Car Park. The opening hours for these toilets are:

    Plaza Cafe 

    October: 9:00am - 5:30pm
    November - March: 9:00am - 4:00pm
    April - September: 9:00am - 8:00pm

    Kelpies Car Park

    October - March: 9:00am - 8:00pm
    April - September: 9:00am - 10:00pm

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    Helix Car Park (small 78 space car park as you enter the Park)

    This car park is FREE and has access 24/7 unless closed off on rare occasion for a large event.

    Kelpies Car Park (175 space car park near The Kelpies and Visitor Centre)

    Charges apply for this car park from Friday 30th March 2018.

    10.00am - 5.00pm
    Cars: £3
    Motorcycles: £1
    Large vehicles: £5
    Blue Badge holders: FREE

    5.00pm - 10.00pm
    Cars: £2
    Large Vehicles: £2
    Motorbikes: FREE
    Blue Badge holders: FREE

    PLEASE NOTE: The Kelpies Car Park is closed at 10pm each night until October 28th 2018 (inclusive). There is no egress until 8am when the car park re-opens.

    From October 29th 2018 - March 29th 2019 (inlcusive) The Kelpies Car Park is closed at 8pm each night with no egress until 8am when the car park re-opens.

    The car parks for Helix park and The Kelpies fill up early in the morning during nice weather and holidays, so to avoid long delays we recommend you park at Falkirk Stadium and enjoy the short walk through The Helix to The Kelpies.  You'll find a finger post directing you to the Helix from the north side of the car park.

    It may be worthwhile checking Falkirk Football Club's fixtures list before departing for The Helix and The Kelpies.


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    Electric Vehicles

    If you are visiting us using an electric vehicle, electric vehicle chargepoints can be found at the Falkirk Stadium (near The Helix). These include a Triple Head Rapid Charger unit and two 22kW Type 2 dual socket posts. 

    The chargepoints are administered by Charge your Car (CYC) and provide a great location to top up while you enjoy a walk or cycle around The Helix, or to The Kelpies and back


  • Blue badge holder parking is available at Helix Park carpark, The Kelpies car park and at the Visitor Centre.

    All the paths around Helix Park, Helix South and The Kelpies Hub are fully accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. We are upgrading the Helix North paths to improve access for all. 

  • We welcome respectful dog walkers at The Helix; it's a great place to walk your dog. We only ask that you clean up after your dog and be mindful of other park users when letting your dog off the lead.

    Dogs are more than welcome on The Kelpies Tour, however they are not allowed  to enter inside The Kelpies or inside the visitor centre. We do have doggy lead clips on our picnic tables outside the visitor centre however!

  • The walking distance from The Kelpies car park to The Kelpies is approximately 300 metres. The walking tour is approximately 30mins long. The Kelpies Tour is wheelchair-friendly. Wheelchair use is available for tour guests if required.

  • Falkirk Stadium Car Park to Plaza Café/Adventure Zone: 0.3 miles / 0.5km

    Helix Park Car Park to Plaza Café/Adventure Zone: 0.3 miles / 0.5km

    Plaza Café/Adventure Zone to Kelpies Ticket Office/Kelpies Car Park (via boardwalk): 0.6 miles / 1km

    Kelpies Car Park to Visitor Centre/The Kelpies: 0.2 miles / 0.3km

    Kerse lift bridge to The Kelpies (via Canal): 0.25 miles / 0.4km

    Falkirk Stadium Car Park to The Kelpies: 1.1 miles / 1.75km

    Around the Helix Lagoon: 0.5 miles/0.8km circular

  • Visitor Centre at The Helix
    Helix Park
    FK2 7ZT