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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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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...more
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Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 226 3709
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All reviewsall agesvortex tunnelgreat funno liftfive floorscouple of hourskids and adultsfew hoursinteractive exhibitsa lot of funany agewhole familyrainy daygreat attractionedinburgh castleroyal milemirror
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Reviewed yesterday

Camera Obscura was great. Lots of interactive areas and really interesting aspects - especially around optical illusions. It was a really fun time and would recommend it.

Thank Nancy M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Every one of our team enjoyed the time here and especially the very nice and funny staff left us with a good feeling. Worth a visit!

Thank dirkunger
Reviewed yesterday

Visited recently with my 13 year old. We had lots of fun with all the illusions. Very hands on. Worth a visit.

Thank MrsC1971
Reviewed yesterday

Fantastic place, if you're into illusions or want to learn how it all works. Lots to keep your eyes busy and lots to interact with. The Camera Obscura tour/demonstration was very interesting. If you're into photography theory, you'll certainly enjoy the tour! I would recommend...More

Thank STMT91
Reviewed yesterday

Such an amazing experience! So much to see and interact with on every floor - 6 in all. Vortex is amazing if very disorienting! Loved the mirror maze and the Alice In Wonderland- style room. Magnificent views of the city from the top and the...More

Thank Sue J
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Never have my husband I been so entertained at a museum than here. It is brilliant, very hands on and immersive the displays really do play tricks on the mind and some of them you just can’t figure out how they have done it. The...More

Thank katye1983
Reviewed 2 days ago

I had been there before when I was younger and this attraction had changed It now Covers 6 floors with various things to do on each floor. The camera is on the 6th floor and the views from the roof top are amazing over Edinburgh...More

Thank melanieamlee
Reviewed 2 days ago

Myself and my husband decided to pop in here to escape the rain and that decision was probably the best decision we made whilst in Edinburgh - absolutely fantastic! The show on the top floor with Simon was very interesting and then the visits to...More

Thank redrex
Reviewed 2 days ago

We (2 adults in their 30s) thoroughly enjoyed our visit here, and the camera obscura talk at the start was really interesting and well delivered. The perspective illusion was my fave!

Thank Louise V
Reviewed 2 days ago

A whole day can be spent at Camera Obscura, and the view of the city from the viewing platform is worth the cost of entrance ticket.

Thank JenniferL1106
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Rajiv K
25 September 2018|
Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hi Rajiv If I understand your question correctly, you wish to know whether it is a live experience and since when? The camera obscura show is a live projection of the view from outside, via a mirror and three lenses onto a... More
13 September 2018|
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Response from leither71 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is lots to keep a 4 year old entertained.
Daniel C
18 August 2018|
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hi Daniel, thanks for getting in touch. We believe we are great value for money, offering visitors the chance to get hands-on with over 100 interactive exhibits, as well as experience our stunning 360 degree rooftop views... More