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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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We went as a family of 4, 2 Adults and two kids - aged 3&5. They kids loved it because it's very interactive and they can touch everything!! The view from the top of worth every... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We went as a family of 4, 2 Adults and two kids - aged 3&5. They kids loved it because it's very interactive and they can touch everything!! The view from the top of worth every penny, especially with the use of the binoculars! The kids favourite were the mirrored maze, the neon tunnel, the singing cat and dog musical... More 

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Everything about Camera Obscura made me smile. The "camera obscura" itself was fascinating, and I enjoyed going through the building and discovering the illusions and science that every floor offered. Definitely try to go on a sunny day, but still fun regardless. Great gift shop.

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Volx, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I went there on my last day in Edinburgh and was very happy I waited until the end, because it was really interesting. First you have a "show" and that's when you actually are in the Camera Obscura. Then, throughout the different floors of the building you disover a lot of things, illusions, lights, and even a vortex tunnel and... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The 6th floor was a lot of fun but and roof top veiw and camera show was really great. Would recommend a visit if you near the edinburgh castle.

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Spent a good few hours here ... great laugh. Fantastic for older kids. Loved the view around the town from the top. The vortex is mind blowingly-spinningly weird. Hold on coz you will lose your balance.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Visited here on a beautiful sunny morning (the 11am showing) had a really good visit, as the sun certainly helps with the viewing! Busy but didnt spoil anything. We went as a couple, but it would be suitable for all ages. However it not cheapest attraction, as we spent just over an hour in total. Many of the children loved... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

we went here to get out of the gale force winds and driving blizzards,we loved it we got a reduction as we couldnt do the outside area because of the bad weather this attraction is fun for people of all ages and we had a real good time here

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

For what looks like a tourist trap, I was surprised how much a jaded old cynic like me enjoyed it. They get you to do the historic part first - the actual camera obscura - my first and quite cool have to say - even on a cloudy day! The rest of the exhibits tend to have little to do... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I reviewed this as an average attraction, did not like the building it was housed in, very narrow stairways to navigate, there were many interesting concepts which involved interaction with the objects and the person viewing and participating. I took my at the time 28 month old grand daughter , I felt she was to young to really understand or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We had a great afternoon out at Camera obscura. We used tesco vouchers so that it made the entry fee bearable (£2.50 giving £10 worth of vouchers). The fee would normally be £13.95 per adult, not sure child price as we had an under 5 and they are free. It is suuggested that you give yourself 1.5 to 2 hours,... More 

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