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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

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Address: Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 226 3709
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Mon - Thu 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sun 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Enjoy unique 360 degree panoramic views over Edinburgh from the...
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.
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We are a family of four - mum, dad and two kids aged 11-12 years old. We had read the reviews and made our way over to museum. It was the best thing we have done for ages! We all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

We are a family of four - mum, dad and two kids aged 11-12 years old. We had read the reviews and made our way over to museum. It was the best thing we have done for ages! We all engaged with it, had a laugh in the hall of mirrors and had go after go on the vortex. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Great place for a family of any Age we had kids aged 2 and 4 they absolutely loved it as did we, highlight has to be the vortex. Your missing out if you don't give it a try

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Took two of our grandchildren here and we're not disappointed. Six floors of mindbending illusions, marvellous views across the city and beyond, from the rooftop gallery and an entertaining 15 minute camera obscura show too. Particularly enjoyable were the vortex tunnel, mirror maze and the Alice in Wonderland room. This attraction is for all ages and whilst not cheap, prices... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Amazing place so much to see and do. Would recommend for all. Great for kids and adults. The camera obscura was amazing even on cloudy day

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Had an absolutely fab day there yesterday. The joy of an all-day ticket meant we spent 90mins there in the morning and then went back late afternoon for another go around. Our 10 year old absolutely loved it, and to be fair, we did too. The staff were knowledgable and friendly and really made the visit even better,

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Some of the things inside this place are amazing, others not so good. Kids would love the place and probably get the most out of it. Although I rated it 3 stars it's still worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

If you are getting bored with all of the historic stuffs in Edinburgh, take a look at the Camera Obscura! There are so many fun stuffs and installations built within, great fun experience with friends, lover or with your family! I would recommend to visit the camera obscura show on the top floor, you will see Edinburgh in a different... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

You only really see the camera obscura for about 15 mins and when we went it was busy. However the rest of the exhibits and the venues from the top of the tower make up for this. They had lots of fun things like a maze of mirrors to do. P.s if you collect tesco club card points you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Super friendly staff, great views of Edinburgh, and amazing illusions. One of the best experience in Edinburgh by far! Try to go early in the morning, especially during the busy months of summer as it can get quite busy. Really fun for the whole family, but my significant other and I really enjoyed ourselves and we are in our 20's.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

set over several floors and open until 9pm, you receive a stamp on your hand and can go and return at any point in one day, Full of interesting and quirky things to look at and interact with - would appeal to bright 5 year olds to 95 year olds ( providing they can climb the stairs ) Basically a... More 

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