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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Address: Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2 ND, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-226-3709
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Ranked #10 of 194 Attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Science Museums, Specialty Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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...
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Type: Historic Sites, Science Museums, Specialty Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Lookouts, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

Never a dull moment. Loads of hands on stuff. Heaps to do, fun, great for families and that big kid inside!. A must for anyone visiting and those who like a laugh. Wrap up warm if you are there in winter though!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

Wow what a brilliant experience I won't give too much away but it was well worth the expense. Kids of all ages will love this place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

camera obscura was amazing And the world of illusions was like nothing I've ever visited before along the same lines. Even though we visited on an overcast day it was still very cool and interesting. I have told literally everyone I know about it! Very impressed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

This was easily the favourite part of our trip to Edinburgh. Wasn't expecting much, but it was so fun (I can imagine it's great for kids too!). Very interactive and interesting. Hopefully we'll be able to visit again at some point.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

If you have a clear day them go they will tell you before you go in if its ok or not , Its a great way to see Edinburgh and there is a bit of history with the tour ,Illusions are good fun

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Went here for a first date and I tell you what, there was never a dull moment! Heaps to do, fun, great for families and that big kid inside. A must for anyone visiting and those who like a laugh!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

We visited on a recent trip to Edinburgh and loved it! We arrived on a wet Friday afternoon and wiled away a good few hours exploring all 6 floors. Luckily we were there on quite a quiet day and so we were able to take our time on each floor and get stuck in to all of the activities. As... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

When we asked the admission price I thought that it was a bit expensive but after spending a few hours at the attraction we thought that it was worth it. At the top of the building (you have to walk up six floors) there is a historic camera that views Edinburgh like they did a hundred years ago. The floors... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Recommended by the taxi driver - and it was brilliant. Kids loved it, amazing views of Edinburgh, not cheap but you can easily spend 2 - 3 hours here. If you have kids you'll enoy it and so will they.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Although quite pricey this is a must see in Edinburgh. Camera Obscura is a really great way to see Edinburgh City through a number of different lenses. Very short walk from here to the Edinburgh Castle.

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