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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 #11 of 204 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

By some standards entrance fee could be considered high but it is worth every penny !!! The other plus factor is you can leave (for coffee etc) and gain re-admission.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I have been here with teens, serious science buffs and business colleagues. something for everyone. and it changes gradually so repeat visits are good.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

...after you walk up several flights of stairs that is. This was awesome!!! Our 12 year old son loved it and so did we. He especially loved the ladder to Australia. I would totally recommend this especially if you are all castled out and decide not to do the E.C.

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edinburgh
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My grandchildren aged 11 & 6 enjoyed the many different illusions & the staff were friendly & helpful. My only complaint was the prices in the shop. 2 bottles of oasis & 2 small packets of sweets ( m & m's) cost £6.50 !!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Head here on a sunny day or evening for stunning city views. Visit includes a 20-minute show inside observatory. I won't give away the surprise of what happens, but very worthwhile! Dougal was a fantastic show host.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Had a great time visiting here, though some of the layout not great and leads to a) congestion and b) difficulty keeping track of young kids. Staff told us and others of 6 floors of attractions. Not sure quite what the attraction is of the toilets. We didn't use them, maybe they're stunning. Would have been good if the actual... More

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The kids loved being able to interact with all the different displays, especially the mirror maze and the vortex. They learnt a lot about optical illusions, light, reflections, perspective etc and had a blast. Highly recommend it for kids from age 6 upwards, and as parents we found it totally fascinating too. The staff in the Camera at the top... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

we spent fabulous two hours in Camera Obscura with our girls (6 and 8). The building is not large, the space is divided into 6 floors, each one a bit different. A little bit of history, lots of eye illusions, crazy mirrors, caleidoscops, mirror maze, various magic tricks, and the most spectacular rooftop views of the whole city of Edinburgh.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Felt like a kid running around and playing with all the illusions like the mirror maze and the vortex. Nice views from the top too if you go on a clear day - unfortunately, we didn't (classic Edinburgh).

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Falkirk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

we used tesco vouchers to visit here and recommend this for kids of all ages. optical illusions are great and fun when the camera is on the people in princes street gardens and they are made to walk over cardboard bridges etc.

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