Grangemouth is a town in the borough of Falkirk, Scotland. The town lies in the Forth Valley, on the banks of the Firth of Forth, 3 miles east of Falkirk. Grangemouth's growth as a town relied mainly on its geographical location. Originally a bustling port, trade flowed through the town with the construction of the Forth and Clyde Canal in the 18th century. Nowadays, the economy of Grangemouth is focused primarily on the large petrochemical industry of the area which includes the oil refinery, owned by Ineos, one of the largest of its kind in Europe.
Although Grangemouth is dominated with docks, an oil refinery and chemical works, it is still a popular tourist destination and an ideal base for visiting attractions in Falkirk, Glasgow, Livingston and Bo’ness. The town has old fashioned streets and lanes with buildings dating back to the 1800’s including the impressive town hall, in the town centre is the La Port shopping centre with a variety of shops and cafes, there is holiday accommodation, inns, pubs and place to eat out. Attractions include the Zetland Park with its war memorial at the main entrance and the Grangemouth Museum with exhibits of the towns heritage, canal origins and the story of the ‘Charlotte Dundas’ the worlds first canal steamship built in 1802. Boat-trips are offered to explore the Forth, Clyde and Union Canal.
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