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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

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Address: Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 226 3709
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10:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Enjoy unique 360 degree panoramic views over Edinburgh from the fascinating...

Enjoy unique 360 degree panoramic views over Edinburgh from the fascinating Camera Obscura and rooftop terrace. In World of Illusions, experience five floors of interactive hands-on optical illusions, tricks and fun things to do including vortex tunnel, mirror maze and shrinking room. Get involved, play, touch everything. Great fun for all ages and nationalities, whatever the weather. Scotland’s oldest purpose-built attraction, established in 1835. Tickets are valid all day, just get your hand stamped and come and go as you please all day long. If you don't see everything we give you a free pass to come back the next day. Unique money back guarantee if not fully satisfied. Free Wifi. 'Best family attraction in Britain’, The Telegraph. 'Five Stars, outstanding, world class', VisitScotland. Bring your camera - lots of photo opportunities throughout. Allow about 2 hours. Please note the attraction is located in a listed 17th Century building over 5 floors without a lift. Open every day, open late on holidays. Latest news: Autowed has arrived - get married, renew vows or become 'best friends forever', with our friendly robotic wedding machine.

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I had a great 90 minutes or so here, went straight up to the 6th floor to the Camera Obscura itself, Lindsay told and showed us how the camera works, a very knowledgeable young... read more

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There are a few cool things inside but a lot of the things are very outdated - f.ekd. Their 3D stuff. Maybe a good alternative for a rainfull Day but not first thing on my list of things to do I'm The City

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Carnforth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had a great 90 minutes or so here, went straight up to the 6th floor to the Camera Obscura itself, Lindsay told and showed us how the camera works, a very knowledgeable young lady. I then made my way down to the other floors with many differing themes, very entertaining and puzzling things to see. Eventually to the ground... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For kids and adults (young & old) all will love this as it has something for everyone. We had so much fun and so many laughs. Staff are friendly and informative. This experience will play tricks on your mind, test it and sometimes confuse it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited Camera Obscura while in town for SPIE Astronomical Instrumentation. While I confess that I am a "ringer" as an optical guy, I was fascinated by the workings of the Camera Obscura, and impressed with the image clarity. Caroline was our host, and gave a very thorough and entertaining presentation. The downstairs exhibits were eye-catching as well. I recommend... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Simply put? Camera Obscura is an extremely enjoyable day out. The staff are all very approachable, friendly and easy to speak to. Unfortunately I've now forgotten her name, but the lassie that led the tour within the camera was very engaging and witty. My sister and I arrived around 3PM - I wish we'd come a lot earlier! There are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I came here with my boyfriend on a short visit to Edinburgh and it was one of the highlights of the trip. The camera obscura itself was fascinating, and we then spent about two hours making our way through the floors of illusions. This was great fun, and although quite expensive it is definitely worth it. Perfect for couples, groups... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Camera Obscura is great to visit for adults and little ones alike, to enjoy a variety of optical illusions and see how tricky your brain can be!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited Obscura after the Castle and Whisky Experience.All very close to each other Lots of hands on sciency stuff to make you laugh and think Would be great for young children All the better as I had Tesco Days Out vouchers to pay for tickets Set over several floors. Lots of stairs

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place was incredible. Came up for the Christmas markets but this was by far the highlight of the day. There are so many things to see and do and some of it is mindblowing! Laughed, was amazed, astonished and amused. Recommend to people of all ages!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a trip! Excellent interactive fun for all ages, I've gone with children (under 3 y/o might have a bit of a sensory overload), as an adult in a couple, and with a group of friends. Tremendously entertaining, with a mix of city history (you're in Edinburgh so not sure how you can avoid history), fun "ghost lore", 360 city... More 

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