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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 #11 of 204 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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Braintree, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
35 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

There were loads of kids here at this attraction and it was perfect for them. It is also fun for adults so the kids got in the way a bit as you felt as if you should allow them on the activities first. Go out of school holiday time if this bothers you. Really fun and really interesting. Great views... More

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Peterborough, England, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

We visited using our Tesco Reward vouchers which helped keep the cost down. We had a great time walking around for a couple of hours, there is a lot to see and interactive with and some fantastic photo opportunities along the way. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit and definitely think this would be a great visit for those with... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
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15 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I liked the illusion the mirrors created when I was outside. I also liked the Camera obscura shop. I didn't like it because the space was not big enough. I got too scared to once I got at the reception and gave up entering.

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Cork, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

This was one of my favourite things that I visited in Edinburgh. It was interesting and we were laughing the whole way through. Good place to visit for any kind of traveller. Looks like it would be great if you have kids, but even if you don't, it's a fun way to spend a few hours. Went through the "vortex... More

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
32 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

This was a fascinating place to visit with the whole family. The boys especially found lots of it very interesting. Very varied exhibits.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This was my second visit. The first was on a sunny day, which meant the climb up the was stuffy and exhausting, this time it was wet and early evening, meaning that the climb was much more manageable and the rooms were much less crowded making it all much more enjoyable. However a sunny day makes the top floor exhibit... More

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Wales
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I had been advised to visit here for the views, and it did not dissappoint. Head for the castle and you will see it on your right just before the castle entrance. Both children and adults will enjoy this activity. Allow several hours. Well worth the entrance fee. I can't wait to go again.

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Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Really interesting. Good for kids and teens, even to adults. Wifi access. A good store with a bunch of funny gifts.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We visited the Camer Obscura on our recent trip to Edinburgh. The attaction was good fun and we found the optical illusions really interesting. The story given around the history of edinburgh is also really informative. I would recommed.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

A world of magic and illusion, perfect for losing track of time and also for discovering the city!! we were in Edinburgh for 12 nights and we repeated the experience!!

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