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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 #14 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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Carnoustie, Scotland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Took my children and 4 of their friends to Camera Obscura - kids were aged between 10 and 13. The boys had a great time and had lots of fun as they discovered the different exhibits. They loved the room that makes you small and large, the vortex, mirror maze and also the head on a plate. I liked the... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Nothing special. All attractions are kind of ordinary, focused on kid groups. They advertise that you will have a sci-fi experience, but it is actually more fun to run Google Earth than visiting this building. Should have stayed longer at Edinburg Castle.

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Bordeaux, France
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Nous avions planifier notre visite sans savoir que les jours de brouillard l'attraction principale est inutile. Si les étages sont amusants et peuvent être refaits plusieurs fois, vraie déception sur la caméra obscura. We had organised our visit not knowing that the main attraction was useless on foggy days. The attractions are a bit fun and can be done multiple... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Although dubious at the start to pay 12 pounds a ticket for a small buildings worth of amusement, after visiting all the levels and having the experience it exceeded my expectations. Loads of fantastic illusions and fun things to do. Well worth the money and a visit.

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Harare
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This was by far my teenage son's favourite place!! It is incredible, adn we laughed our way around the exhibition! We especially liked the 'big brother" camera, where you can sit in a room adn literally watch people on Princes Street, then you pick them upi with a piece of paper, make them walk over bridges etc, we could have... More

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Haltwhistle, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This is a great place especially if you have children it will keep them happy for hours my three grandchildren love it

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Athens, Greece
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

3 hours of playing and trying all the games, illusions, etc. I would definitely recommend it to everybody (both children and adults). Start from the last floor and go down the stairs to each floor. Next time i visit Edinburgh, I hope i can take my kids there to have fun.

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Loved the pictures and illusions. Unfortunately with it being an old building there is no lift so lots of stairs and a narrow stairwell.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Great fun for all the family, loved the camera obscura talk very interesting make sure you do this. Loved all the attractions even the scary spider. Alice in wonderland room great photo opportunity and the face changing machines brought great howls of laughter. A visit to the shop is also a must my daughter was delighted with her chattering teeth.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A tourguide said we had to go there so we did.. and it was really great! We didn't expect to have so much fun. Its a hidden gem at the royal mile. The mirrors on the outside give a wrong impression for the inside.

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