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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 #12 of 207 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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larbert
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87 reviews 87 reviews
35 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The attraction is quite expensive and we felt it wasn't a whole day experience and it was a good way to spend a few hours. My daughter and friend found it great fun as most of the attractions are aimed at children but going during the school holidays on a Saturday was an error as it was jam packed and... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Went as a family with 2 teenagers fir my sons birthday. Possibly not to my taste as I have a bit of a problem with bright lights and motion sickness so lots of the exhibits were out of bounds to me so was not really worth the money that said it really does depend who else is visiting on the... More

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Whitley, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Very, very interesting and 'unbelievable' at times. Worth a visit definitely. 5 floors of exepriences which the kids especially will love.

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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The Camera Obscura is a nice experience, even though a little short. The rest of the optical illusions are fun, but nothing very Edinburgh or Scotland specific.

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tidytotty
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed this place. I have been in Edinburgh on many occasions and I always try to do something different each time. My husband brought home a little information leaflet and suggested that I go,as I was planning on taking his Canadian cousin for a day out in Edinburgh. The place was easy to find and I thought the price... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

A little bit pricey but a Fabulous attraction to go and see if your in the area. You can pick people up off the streets below!!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This place is an absolute must go to! Full of little gems from 3d pics to magicians table, obscura show at the top of the building, the views, the location, loads of interest to keep you going for a couple of hours and that funky tunnel at the end is something else!

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Oshawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This place was very unexpected but had history as well as a collection of amazing optical illusions varying from art to electronics

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Yateley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This was my first visit to Camera Obscura in 30yrs (the last time I went) and this time I took 2 x 12yr olds. When I suggested going they were more interested in going shopping, but we ended up spending 1.5hrs at the CO and they said they "loved it". Loads of funky science things to do and lots of... More

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

£55 /family is way over-priced no family ticket available either,nothing new or exciting to be seen here

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Tony M, Manager at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, responded to this review

I am very sorry to hear of your disappointment. Our aim is to delight every visitor and it is clear we fell short for you. Most families that visit us have two paying adults and children, so pay less than the price you quote. While we don’t offer a family ticket, children under five go free and tickets are valid... More

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