If you’re wondering what to do in Falkirk, then our handy guide is here to help. A short drive from both Edinburgh and Glasgow, this large town in the Forth Valley brilliantly blends history and modernism. On the one hand, it’s a region blessed with historic castles, lovingly restored stately homes and some incredible Roman ruins, including the Antonine Wall, while on the other, it’s created forward-thinking works of art (the magnificent Kelpies) and a world-class rotating boat lift system that wouldn’t look out of place in a Hollywood sci-fi film. Add in several well-equipped shopping centres, a diverse restaurant and café scene, buzzing bars, pubs and clubs and a successful local football team, and you have a Scottish town that’s close to Edinburgh and Glasgow but very much in neither’s shadow. Check out our range of hotels in Falkirk to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the action.
Things to do in Falkirk
With more than 45 stores, Central Retail Park is a shopper’s paradise with plenty of free parking. A purpose-built shopping park in the heart of Falkirk, you’ll find big-name brands like Next, TK Maxx, Sports Direct and Mothercare, as well as a strong range of cafés and restaurants including Pizza Hut, Nando’s, Costa and McDonalds. The Park is also home to a 12-screen Cineworld complex screening the latest blockbusters.
The other main shopping alternative in Falkirk is the Howgate Shopping Centre with over 40 stores including Boots, Debenhams, JD Sports, New Look and River Island. Located just south of the train station, the centre has three cafés and coffee shops and also hosts a monthly craft market.
Less than 30 minutes by car from Edinburgh Airport, Falkirk is well-placed for any local or international flights. The 20-mile journey will take around 40 minutes via train and then tram from Edinburgh, while the 38, 38A and X9 First bus services will take you directly to the airport from Falkirk. To make your journey even simpler, check out our hotels near Edinburgh Airport.
There are two train stations in Falkirk: Falkirk High Train Station and Grahamston Railway Station. Falkirk High is on the Glasgow to Edinburgh line with regular services east and west, while Grahamston – which is closest to the town centre – is connected via Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow.