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Address: Douglas Head, Douglas

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Pint sized attraction

We had trouble locating it until a local guided us to it, nice little feature on the hill, nice hike to the top and good picnic spot.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We had trouble locating it until a local guided us to it, nice little feature on the hill, nice hike to the top and good picnic spot.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

It is so different to anything that you would expect, it is definitely worth a visit just for the experience.

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Cheshire
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

This place is a must visit if only to make the donation to keep it open. It's historical presence matches the similar camera in Llandudno. The volunteers on the door are so helpful and even though it only takes a few minutes to see inside it is an amazing piece of history.

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Douglas, null, Isle Of Man
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The Great Union Camera Obscura, perched high on Douglas Head and overlooking the harbour and magnificent bay, is a must for all visitors to the Isle of Man! The Island's Government bought and refurbished this wonderful piece of Victoriana, saving it for the nation. The restored building and eleven mirrors re-opened about 10 or 11 years ago and it is... More 

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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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124 reviews 124 reviews
54 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I concur with what other reviewers have said, that this unique attraction is best visited on a clear day. The Grand Union Camera Obscura (to give it its full name) is situated on Douglas Head overlooking the whole sweep of the bay and is the last remaining (functioning) Camera Obscura in Britain. The building is an unusual design of many... More 

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Howden, United Kingdom
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313 reviews 313 reviews
135 attraction reviews
217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The phenomenon of the camera obscura has lasted from the Victorian era, but has only been preserved in a few places. The one in Douglas is well placed on the headland near Douglas Harbour, and is a wonderful place to visit. Interesting and querky just sums it up....highly recommended!

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Verwood, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This attraction is so unusual it is really worth a visit. However, it is best seen when the weather is clear otherwise it is not possible to get the full benefit of what it offers. The only thing we feel is a great shame is that it is only open at weekends. I am sure it would be worthwhile or... More 

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Walked 2 miles to this attraction only to find it is only open at weekends and Bank Holidays. Advertised so widely but not open enough.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We went in this Victorian camera obscura after scattering my Uncle's ashes up Douglas head. The volunteers were very friendly and helpful. It was fantastic looking at a shelf and seeing what is happening outside round you. Well worth the £2 entry charge

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Brownhills, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Certainly an experience climbing up to the Obscura! Once there quite interesting but for £2 each a little overpriced (yes i appreciate they have to keep things going). Volunteers very friendly and helpful.

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