Getting to The Helix, Home of The Kelpies

11.09.20: Please plan ahead. On sunny days the car parks can fill up quickly.  Once our main car park is full it is necessary to close access. The Plaza Café toilets will reopen daily 9am to 4pm from 5 September.  From 5 September the Plaza Café will open on weekends only from 9.30am-4.30pm with a reduced menu. The Visitor Centre & the splash park remain closed.  You may require to find alternative parking so please factor this into your visit.

So you want to come and see the magnificent Kelpies, and their home The Helix Park, for yourself? We are ideally located in the central belt of Scotland - around 19 miles from Edinburgh and 35 miles from Glasgow airports.

There's information below on how to get here via car, parking options and travelling by public transport. Please read our Helix Access Statement which gives comprehensive detail on the accessibility of The Helix.

We look forward to welcoming you with our 5-star service.

The Helix is located just off the main motorway routes in Central Scotland. Follow the brown tourist signs around Falkirk to reach us.

  • From Edinburgh - take the M9 towards Stirling, exit at Junction 5 for Falkirk/Grangemouth.
  • From Glasgow - take the M80 towards Stirling, exit at Junction 8 for M876 and join M9, exit at Junction 6 for Falkirk/Grangemouth.
  • From Carlisle and the South - M74, M73, M80, M876, M9, and follow the signs for Falkirk as above.
  • From Perth and the North - A9, M9 towards Edinburgh, exit at Junction 6 for Falkirk as above.

Trains

There are 2 main train stations in Falkirk that are close to The Helix: Falkirk High (located 3 miles away) and Falkirk Grahamston (located 2 miles away). There are also services to Polmont Station, Larbert Station and Camelon Stations which are all close by. 

Please visit ScotRail for timetables

Buses

There are several bus routes which will take you to The Helix - (watch out for the pink bus stop) this stop is the side entrance to the Helix Park.

Please visit FirstBus for timetables

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

This car park has access 24/7 unless closed off on rare occasion for a large event. This car park is free to use although there is a charge of £5 for overnight parking from March to October.

PLEASE NOTE: While we welcome camper vans parking in The Helix car park space overnight (charges apply), please be aware that it is a car park and not a campsite, therefore we do not provide camping facilities.

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

The Kelpies Car Park is closed at 4pm & locked at 5pm each night and with no egress the morning when the car park re-opens.


Kelpies Car Park charges

PERIOD

DAYS and TIME

VEHICLE TYPE

CHARGE

30th March –
1st November 2020
(Excluding 1st July -
31st August) 

Monday to Sunday
10.00 – 17.00

Car

£3

Large Vehicle

£5

Motorbike

£1

Blue Badge Holders

FREE

Monday to Sunday
17.00 – 22.00

All Vehicles

£2

 

PERIOD

DAYS and TIME

VEHICLE TYPE

CHARGE

 

 

1st July 2020 –

31st August 2020

 

Monday to Sunday
10.00 – 17.00

Car

£4

Large Vehicle

£6

Motorbike

£1

Blue Badge Holders

FREE

Monday to Sunday
17.00 – 22.00

All Vehicles

£2


Both car parks 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 walk through The Helix to The Kelpies. It may be worthwhile checking Falkirk Football Club's fixtures list before departing for The Helix and The Kelpies as this car park is unavailable on match days. 

 

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