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Slightly disappointing once you're in there as it only takes about 10 minutes (ample time) to view... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2017
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An uncomplicated joy

The sheer strangeness of a camera obscura is a good enough reason to visit. There's something... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2017
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Slightly disappointing once you're in there as it only takes about 10 minutes (ample time) to view everything but it's interesting to see how they used to view pictures in the olden days. The fabulous thing is the passion that the volunteers have about this...More

Thank KSK321
Reviewed 23 August 2017

The sheer strangeness of a camera obscura is a good enough reason to visit. There's something magical about the simple lens-and-mirror trick, even in these days when you can watch a movie on your phone. The Great Union Camera Obscura is an oddity even amongst...More

Thank cambert
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Built in 1892, the Camera Obscura on Douglas Head, Isle of Man is a fascinating example of Victorian ingenuity. Through a series of lenses, live views of the surrounding area are projected onto screens.

Thank Trevor166
Reviewed 13 July 2017

As it is only open at weekends you must time your visit well. However, it is a fascinating living and breathing museum set in a delightful location set over the harbour on Douglas Head.. The pride that the volunteers have in this restored attraction is...More

Thank Ian B
Reviewed 13 July 2017

This is a very unusual Camera Obscura which was designed with 12 lenses although only 11 are now working.The Curators are very welcoming and informative and must be admired for their voluntary contribution. Although a little out of the way if you don't have transport...More

Thank Daniel W
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Don't expect to find the Camara Obscura open when you turn up! I think it is only open half a day Saturday and/or Sunday..but then it says on the outside it is run by volunteers so that is why!

Thank chrisecart
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Although tiny and only open in the afternoons at weekends, this was an unusual place. Only £1 for seniors and we could watch the wind blowing the grasses and the waves bobbing up outside without getting cold or wet. A credit to the volunteers who...More

Thank dragonara2
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This is an amazing little place to visit, the first moving pictures......it is great condition and worth going to see.

Thank Hilary H
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Drove up here and had a very interesting chat with a local gentleman who could tell us a lot about the history of the area. There are lots of benches with commemorative plaques on them and a large area for picnics and barbecues. View overlooked...More

Thank ScotlandHattie
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Lovely relic of past times, well maintained by locals who are always happy to chat and great sources of local info about other attractions and places to eat. The obscura is just off the lovely, scenic coastal walk to Port Soderick.

Thank PW24
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Response from dragonara2 | Reviewed this property |
It is only open at the weekends from 2pm till 4pm