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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2 ND, Scotland
44-131-226-3709
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As featured in Edinburgh for young kids
Ranked #12 of 207 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lookouts, Specialty Museums, Historic Sites, Science Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Enjoy unique 360 degree panoramic views over Edinburgh from the fascinating Camera Obscura and rooftop terrace. In World of Illusions, experience five... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Hameln, Germany
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited here with a toddler and baby in August 14. It's actually the third time I've visited over the years. On out most recent trip it was very popular and rightly so! We spent a good couple of hours working our way through the various floors with plenty to keep kids from toddler to teenager to big kid occupied. The... More

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Lonigo, Italia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The visit was amazing.. so many tricks and games that was worth to go. Especially the show in the dark room on the roof. That's useful for tourists to know the main places of Edinburgh.

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UK
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This is quite an interesting place close to the castle and well worth a visit if you have a couple of hours to kill..especially if it is raining! At £35 for two adults and a 5 year old it isn't cheap and they do let you go in and out the same day, though once you've visited each of the... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This is just my personal experience. After hearing great things about this attraction , this was one of the must-see in my list. But, Unfortunately , I would say I was rather disappointed. I feel it doesn't live upto its hype. For the price you pay for the tickets, the stuff you is inside is not worth. All said, I... More

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Krakow, Poland
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5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

On our way to visit the castle we stopped at Camera Obscura. It was such great fun, we never made it to the castle! Besides being fun and educational, there is a rooftop area that provides a great view of the city and its surroundings. Well worth the investment of time!

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Cullompton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The periscope room at the top of the building was an interesting centrepiece, very good to see the city in a different perspective. Was a bit difficult to see as it was a cloudy day and not very bright.Good to demonstrate the old technology, this is more of an attraction for the intrigued and bewildered than the i-generation technophiles. The... More

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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Loved it. Very very cool. Little bit expensive even with the student discount for what it is though. Would suit all ages really, something for everyone.

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Cullompton, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Lots of varied illusions with hands on experiments. The tower at the top was great, spent the rest of the weekend wondering if we were being 'picked up'

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Stokesley, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We spent a couple of hours here and loved it. Very similar to the puzzling place in Keswick. Great views at top. Best part for us was the vortex which you walk through- messes with your head!

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southport, england
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Five of us went here whilst on holiday in Edinburgh. My children are 5 and 8 and they found it great fun. It's just right for their age group. It took us about 90 minutes to get through it all. Prices for admission were a little high but not terrible. There is no lift and a lot of stairs (6... More

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