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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 - 8:00 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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Good day out. Lots to do. Helpful staff. 8 year old was happy to spend hours interacting with the exhibits.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Good day out. Lots to do. Helpful staff. 8 year old was happy to spend hours interacting with the exhibits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We visited here with our daughter and had a brilliant time, we spent just over 3 hours exploring the attractions. A very interactive and hands on experience for the whole family. Our favourite was the tunnel of lights but make sure you read the instructions on changing your camera settings to get the best pictures with different effects. You can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We visited with teenage lads who are not easy to please but we all had a blast. We all loved the Bewilderworld section with its mirror maze and the vortex tunnel. Plenty of hands on exhibits to please all ages, some amazing optical illusions and lovely wooden automata. The holograms were spooky but there was plenty of warning before the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This is well worth a visit. There is so much to see and do that you really need to allow yourself quite a bit of time to take advantage of all it has to offer.Both children and adults will enjoy this immensely. Views from the top are quite stunning so don't forget your camera. This is an attraction I would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The Camera Obscura is super place for all ages. Lots to see and do with some marvelous views of the whole City.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Took 2 kids 5 and 10. Both had lots of fun. Some of the attractions were good fun and it filled in a few hours. Would definitely return but make use of tesco vouchers or discount as it's quite expensive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

My husband and I had a great time in here! I would totaly take my kids one day to something like this. Also our Obscura demo was very well done!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Four of us had some time to kill and decided to pop in and explore. I definitely this this is something that is more enjoyable to do if you have a few friends to mess around with. Especially as a lot of the illusions involve more than one person to complete. Oh, and Dougal did an amazing job with our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Just been to camera obscura this week and was fun for all with many different illusions and fun interactive technology for adults and kids to have a go with. It is a bit expensive but as a little tip we used our tesco club card vouchers which we converted into days out vouchers as this included camera obscura. Well worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This is quite a fun attraction to go around. There is a telescope which overlooks the whole of Edinburgh which is really worth doing.

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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.