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Address: Douglas Head, Douglas
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Great views of the sea

Great views from here but you need a car to get there or else it is a really long climb from the bottom. No public transport.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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York, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Situated on the hill overlooking Douglas, it is worth coming up here for the external views before entering the Camera Obscura. Once inside it takes a while for your eyes to adjust to the darkness where panels separate the views from each aperture. At the start you feel the temptation to touch the image as it looks like a flat... More 

Thank AlfieHall
Douglas, United Kingdom
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167 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

One of the smallest jewels in the Manx Heritage crown. There aren't many Cameras Obscura left. Most have a single rotating lens with a swivel mechanism and project onto a circular convex screen This has 7 lenses each projecting on to a flat screen. An interesting Victorian side show hangover

Thank John W
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57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Great views from here but you need a car to get there or else it is a really long climb from the bottom. No public transport.

Thank ysh
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Called here to fill in some time before boarding the ferry and it was worth it. The views are wonderful but guess the weather was on our side. Our 11yr also found it fascinating which is a good sign. Nice end to a lovely bread ...note only open on weekends and nice days (they fly a flag outside when open!)

Thank diane L
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A bit of a walk and a climb at Douglas head to visit this attraction, but unfortunately on our day it was closed, which was a big disappointment. It is staffed only by volunteers.

Thank DHM15
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I would have liked to have tried the Camera Obscura but it is only open for limited times on weekends and bank holidays. I realise it is manned by volunteers but on a sunny day in August it was disappointing to find it closed.

Thank David B
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

It was a waste of time renovating this thing. It wasn't popular in Victorian Times and its not popular now for a good reason, the best thing about it is how nice it looks from the outside. About 80 metres away are two pairs of binoculars which you can use FOR FREE to look across the bay. Way better, I... More 

Thank Anthony S
Douglas, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

If views across bays are your thing, then this is THE place to be. A lovely way to spend an hour or two with the family just admiring the wonderful Manx scenery

Thank 3LegsEverywhere
Oxford, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Whilst waiting for our ferry to arrive we decided to pass the time and whilst driving around Douglas saw signs for the Camera Obscura and decided to visit. It was amazing, none of our party had ever seen one before. So clever with the mirrors projecting an image for us to see. There were multiple images of different angles of... More 

Thank Gummybear2014
Orpington, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

A steep climb up from the beach by road or steps but when you get there it is interesting. Once the eyes are focussed in the dark of the hut, the pictures are clear but really you don't see much more that the naked eye, but it was an ingenious idea.

Thank Geraldine K

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