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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 197 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Took a trip to Edinburgh Castle and randomly came across Camera Obscura on the way back when me and a friend decided to pop in. Unfortunately the weather wasn't great so the camera looking over the castle and various parts of Edinburgh was a little foggy but it was still very impressive. Each floor had some mind-blowing, amazing and interesting... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Took my nephew on a busy July afternoon - place was packed and for a very hyper 10 year old (with a tiny attention span) it somehow kept him occupied for a good couple of hours! Friendly staff, loads to see and do, great views of Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Many interesting visual things in here plus a maze, lots of mirrors and the last time I went there was a simulated earthquake! I went with my young at heart auntie and her friend and could not stop laughing all the way round. Great gift shop in there too. The actual camera room is fascinating with great views of Edinburgh.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a fantastic attraction in Edinburgh that allows the family to have some fun and learn a few things at the same time! We spent two hours here - there are five floors to visit. We visited on a busy day, but the time we were allocated to visit the camera itself (on the fifth floor), was only 45... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

A visit to Camera Obscura (visible form Princess Street in the city centre) on the Royal Mile is well worth it. You clamber up to the top of the building into a small circular room where on the saucer-shaped "lens" you can see the surrounding area. It is very informative and ingenious. In addition, there are many other key visitor... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The camera obscures really does give a perfect all round view of Edinburgh. Plenty is stairs to climb, but we'll WORTH the view at the end if it. Well recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

A definite must go to attraction whilst in Edinburgh and as it's situated at almost the top of the Royal Mile it's close to the castle. Great for all ages!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

For the whole building we enjoy only the first floor; the rolling tube and the mirrors maze. The prizes for the tickets are to high, far to high. We did not like it at all.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We visited camera obscura in Edinburgh during the Easter school holidays and it was ridiculously busy. You couldn't access all of the exhibits and those you could you often had to queue for. It's not cheap and in my opinion would be a vastly improved experience if numbers were limited

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

So much to see and do. 16yr old and 13yr old were very impressed after not being that keen to go. 64yr old was also impressed. Worth a visit.

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