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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 #10 of 198 attractions in Edinburgh
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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Brechin, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Fantastic day out you can spend hours and hours in here. The Camera Obscura itself is very entertaining but only lasts about 15 mins. However, the other visual displays and interactive features are loads of fun for ALL AGES!!! Good idea to start with the Camera Obscura and then go right down to the ground floor and work up again,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

The kids loved this place lots of floors with lots on each floor. A wee bit expensive for 4 people, but worth it.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This is a great fun attraction in a city which is full of history and culture. We found that the children aged 4 and 6 were really engaged and as this is about their 4 th visit (they live in Edinburgh ) it says everything about the quality of the attraction. It is spread over 5 floors and there are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Travelled with family (2adults, 1 child). Found leaflet for this and thought it sounded interesting right up my son's street. Arrived at 11 o'clock and found the place no bother. Different areas to look at on different floors, no lift unfortunately, so if unable to climb a number of stairs this can be a bit of a chore. Some really... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Titular camera at the top of the building is a remarkable piece of kit for its time. Plenty of exhibits to entertain for a couple of hours - worth a re-visit after lunch

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This was a last minute idea,just before leaving after a week ends visit. at first seemed a little expensive, but once inside every penny was well invested in fun and learning. brilliant fun for couples looking for a laugh..... you can even get married at the end of the visit by a vending machine- we did. need sensible footwear, and... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This would be a great place to visit with kids, but it's very fun for grown-ups too ;) We didn't have enough time to see the show, so I can't tell if that was good too.

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Lochgilphead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This was the top of the list for the 10 and 12 year old to revisit. Spent another 3 hours here. Girls love it all, great fun. Camera Obscura demonstration is really interesting and Easter Sunday visibility was amazing. Only downside is the cost around £40 for 2 seniors and 2 children but then most attractions in Edinburgh have a... More

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Kenai, Alaska
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

When your kids get tired of all the monuments and castles, take them to the Camera Obscura for a bit of educational fun. Seriously good time on several floors. Interactive exhibits, photo opportunities, and at the very top of the building you've got spectacular views of the city.

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Turku, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Illusions and science in a fun way. What more can you ask. Would recommend this place for the whole family.

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