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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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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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Was highly enjoyed by my children, much more than I expected. Some unoriginal stuff with mirrors but a number of items that were new for me. It'd be less enjoyable when busier.

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

Was highly enjoyed by my children, much more than I expected. Some unoriginal stuff with mirrors but a number of items that were new for me. It'd be less enjoyable when busier.

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Oman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

Highly recommended to visit this brilliant initiative of showcasing the world of optical illusion. We just loved what we experienced; didn't even notice how time flew.

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Thurso, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

Fantastic place to go! I've been here twice as I really enjoyed the whole experience. There is lots of fun things to see for people of all ages and the optical illusions are mind blowing. The staff are really friendly and enthuastic too! There is a lot of stairs to climb throughout so I would advise wearing comfy shoes. Another... More 

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Sohar, Oman
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

Great for the kids and enjoyable for the adults. Good interactive displays and optical illusions. The short talk about the camera obscura was interesting

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We were a party of two adults and two children (5 and 8) and we all had an amazing time!! You can use tescos vouchers but even if not it represents brilliant value for money as the ticket lasts all day so you can come and go as you please (just make sure you get your hand stamped to prove... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

I loved it and my children loved it. Even the parts I thought would be less interesting to them kept them fascinated. We went at a busy time and I would ideally like to go back when quieter to avoid some of the crowds. I would also bring a good book. I think I waited 15 minutes whilst they went... More 

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Brilliant place to go, right next to castle entrance, your mind won't believe what your eyes are telling it, great optical illusions

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

I had not planned on going to the camera obscura but it was on my way to the castle and it is well worth the trip. The staff was lovely at the entrance and walking around was great the signs where laid out and easy to follow. Lots to see and explore. Fun for all the family and views were... More 

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We just loved this place, all of us (two adults and a four year old) and spent about three hours here. We went early-ish to avoid the crowds and walked straight in - no queue. We were able to store away our raincoats and rucksacks. The Camera Obscura demo was absolutely fascinating and Lars explained it with warmth and humour... More 

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airdrie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We took a group of teenagers to visit Camera Obscura in June of this year and we all had a ball. There was loads to do and very educational. The kids loved the hall of mirrors and the spinning wall. Best hall of mirrors I have ever been in. The kids loved the lens and enjoyed being able to "pick"... More 

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Additional Information about Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

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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