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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Fantastic couple of hours here

Used Tesco club card points to gain entry, saved us £40 for 2 adults, 1 OAP, U5's are free. Spent a couple of hours here, but could easily go around again if you wanted. Loads to... read more

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

Used Tesco club card points to gain entry, saved us £40 for 2 adults, 1 OAP, U5's are free. Spent a couple of hours here, but could easily go around again if you wanted. Loads to interest everyone young and old, my young daughter loved a lot of the interactive exhibits and especially the revolving tunnel. The talk right at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Took my older children for a day out and it was raining so decided on an indoor venue. What a brilliant choice, kept us entertained for a good four hours no problem, and my camera is full of funny pictures. I can't wait for my nieces and nephews to visit so I can go again. Well worth the entrance price,... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

The maze would have been great if it was longer and people wore the gloves like they should ( fingerprints on all the mirrors so it was easy to tell which way to go) and the spinning tunnel was a great laugh, apart from that, might be good for kids but nothing to keep 2 adults attention

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

The Obscura experience on the top floor is a bit overrated but the interactive exhibits on the lower floors are great fun. Lots of steps !!

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We visited Edinburgh for the day for my partners birthday and popped into this attraction after visiting the castle. The tickets were a bit higher than expected, but it was just fantastic! We had so much fun! The walk up the stairs to the obscure tested the strength in my legs, but you are rewarded with a breathtaking view that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This is so much fun. The Camera Obscura itself is worth the price of admission. But the accompanying Optical Illusions are fascinating. I could have stayed there all day.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

was 30 for 2 people we were.looking forwad.to.it.and the only .good.thing was the spinning tunnel and the mirrors was quiet.a.let.down

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Great views from the gallery and some interesting displays. Good for a few hours on a wet day or for the views if it is clear.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

I am allowing my 10 year old son to write this one as we both thought it was great!... We started at the top of the building and worked our way down we both loved the camera obscura, I enjoyed splatting the people it was so funny. I would also recommend the spinning vortex tunnel and the mirror maze because... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Good place to visit. There are four floors with different themes. Some of the attractions are very good. The roof top offers a very good view of the city.

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Additional Information about Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Address: Address: Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 226 3709
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 13 - 13

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.