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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

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Address: Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2 ND, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-226-3709
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 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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Worth saying again.. Wow! Never has a place held my 18 month old's attention for two hours plus before. This was a lot of fun for all of us, though I'm still a bit dizzy from... read more

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

Worth saying again.. Wow! Never has a place held my 18 month old's attention for two hours plus before. This was a lot of fun for all of us, though I'm still a bit dizzy from the tunnel! You can park your stroller inside the entrance, make a quick hike to the 6th floor, then take all the time in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

so i was doin a course in falkirk and this missus came for the weekend and headed to edinburgh for the weekend this was the first place we went to and omg it was like bein a kid again we went to the top floor where the guide (cant remember her name) gave us a tour of edinburgh showin us... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

The history of the camera was very interesting. Be sure to go in daylight as we went at dusk and it was very hard to see anything on the street. The exhibits are fun. The mirror maze and light tunnel were visited by our teens many times. They also loved the cameras on top of the buildings. They were able... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Recently visited this weekend after reading about it on trip advisor! Great value for money with plenty to see, friendly staff & easy to find located right by the castle something totally different & enjoyable to do in a beautiful city!

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I could have spent all day here, and I am nearly 30! This place is so much fun, you can easily spend hours in here. It's money well spent and well worth the experience! Be sure to take your camera with you when you reach the top - outside, as the views are stunning!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We had in our party one adult, one senior, one 11-year old and a 19-year old, and all of us had a great time. Really well organised and fun. Beautiful views of Edinburgh, great for taking photos. Just a really enjoyable e perience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

2nd visit here. So much fun for all ages. Lots to do see (not gonna say any more). You must go !!! Don't forget to check out the vortex tube, and remember your camera for the rooftop pics! Tip: England/Scotland visitors who are Tesco shoppers. Change up clubcard points for 4x value towards entry. I.e. £5 clubcard voucher exchanges to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

On past visits to Edinburgh we had not visited this place and how I wish we had... What a great place. Really interactive and great illusions throughout the whole place. Little one loved it (6 years old) being able to get hands on and learning in the process. He absolutely loved the mirrors maze and the walk through rotating tube... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Love this place! It was brilliant, and I thought it was well worth the £14 price tag (each for two adults). There is 6 floors with an observation deck on top. And I loved every of them. It's on the royal mile, right opposite whiskey experience and the witchery (castle is just a few seconds away too). We really enjoyed... More 

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

Like this place been before but still like even though nothing really changes!! Bit expensive for what it is really.

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