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This charming town is buzzing with energy and atmosphere, with plenty of fun things to do and see. In this guide we uncover the very best things to do in Grangemouth.
The industrious, sea port town of Grangemouth is located on the Firth of Forth, just four miles East of Falkirk. Nestled midway between Glasgow and Edinburgh, the town sees a fair bit of tourist traffic for its uniquely striking landmarks.
Top Things to Do in Grangemouth
In a town known mostly for its rich industrial heritage, you may be surprised at the number of beautiful places and unusual landmarks on offer.
Coming for a long stay or a short visit? Whichever it may be, you won’t run out of fun things to do in this cheerful town.
Need some convincing? Then take a look at our list of the top things to do in Grangemouth below!
Named after the sinister creatures fabled in Scottish folklore, the Kelpies draw the eye of visitors from all over.
The impressive 30 metre high towering horse heads loom high above you, mythical and beautiful. An unmissable sight. Book a tour to see their impressive inner structures and learn more about them.
The two heads of the Kelpies make a gateway to the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal. The monumental structure was built to honour the horse-powered heritage of Scotland.
Those powerful heads thrown back against the sky make for a stunning picture, especially if you time it with the sunset. Don’t miss your chance to see them!
Here is a cracking wee walk around the Helix Park (where The Kelpies sit) from Walkhighlands.
The Falkirk Wheel
Another landmark well worth taking the time to see is the famous Falkirk Wheel!
Truly a stunning feat of engineering, this rotating boat lift connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. It is the only one of its kind in the world and is truly something special to behold.
I highly recommend you take some time out of your day to go and see it.
This grand building with its fairy-tale appearance has seen six centuries worth of history.
Many significant historical figures – Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charles just two among them – have graced its hallowed halls.
Watch enthusiastic interpreters breathe new life into old history. Listen to tales of the lives of the house’s past inhabitant’s and watch them go about their daily tasks.
It will be well worth a visit to see the elegant beauty of the house and surrounding land.
Take a walk in the woods with the whole family then treat yourself to some tasty tea and cake in the cafe.
Muiravonside Country Park
Spend the day at this beautiful location, with its quaint brick farmhouse and 170 acres of enchanting woodland and parkland.
Join in on any of the wildlife watches or craft sessions held here. Or make your own fun visiting farm animals, embarking on a nature walk, or having fun with the kids in the play area next to the café.
Visitors here love to see the animals roaming around with so much space and care. Perfect for families with kids or anyone with a love of nature and cute farm animals.
We’ve already touched on how historically rich the town of Grangemouth is; but maybe you’d like to learn more?
When you visit, make sure to stop in at Grangemouth museum to learn all about one of Scotland’s earliest planned towns.
From the towns earliest history as a thriving industrial port to its current prominence as a centre of the petroleum and chemical industry, this museum has the story.
For the history buffs among you, I recommend a visit here.
Grangemouth Golf Course
Are you ever more than a stone’s throw away from a golf course anywhere in Scotland?
There certainly are a lot, but can you blame us? Scotland is just the perfect setting for a great game of golf.
So come and try your hand at this fantastic 18 hole parkland course. Its gently sloped terrain offers you that little extra challenge and its views of Polmont woods and the Ochil Hills are spectacular.
A firm favourite amongst all the great things to do in Grangemouth.
Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre
This wildlife centre was a labour of love which transformed a blank canvas wasteland into a stunning urban green space bursting with wildlife.
Visitors often come to do a spot of birdwatching and to wander around the beautiful woodlands, grasslands, and look at the wildflowers.
This urban wildlife oasis is the perfect place to introduce your children to nature and foster a love of conservation. Plus, they can go pond dipping!
The Dunmore Pineapple
This building is eccentric and strange, yet oddly beautiful. Truly an architectural delight to behold.
Enjoy a pleasant stroll around the pretty grounds. Walk to the viewing platform to hopefully catch sight of the elusive and rare great crested newt, amongst ordinary palmate newts and common frogs.
For the Instagram pics alone it’s worth taking a little detour to visit this weird and wonderful building.
This elegant historic mansion dates right back to the 15th century and was once inhabited by the Dukes of Hamilton.
Now a stately home set in a public park, this hidden gem offers informative and enthusiastic guided tours – there’s plenty to see!
Kids are more than welcome to come and explore.
Forth & Clyde Canal
Tranquillity and vibrant greenery – another little oasis in the industrial heartland of Grangemouth – can be found in the form of Forth & Clyde Canal.
This is one of many branches that the canal runs along, flowing from West to East.
Try taking a boat trip along the clear cool water. Or cycle alongside it. Or maybe fishing? Perhaps you’d prefer a calming walk along the canal, breathing in the fresh air.
Either way, it’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
If you’re looking for a great day out firmly aimed at the kids then look no further!
Zetland Park is an outdoor venue suitable for babies and toddlers, young children and older children. All ages from 0-12 will have something to keep them happy here.
Some of their brilliant activities include crazy golf, putting, tennis, bouncy castle, children’s bike area, bowling, boating and more!
It’s a fantastic place to entertain the little ones and one of the most family oriented things to do in Grangemouth.
Gray Buchanan Park
This utterly gorgeous park has everything you could possibly want in a fun filled family picnic location.
The land is beautiful, there are towering veteran trees all around and even a fenced play area with picnic facilities.
Not to mention the historical setting of the site and the stunning woodland, which you and your little adventurers will surely explore.
Of all the wonderful things to do in Grangemouth, this simple and relaxing day out might just be my favourite.
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