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Address: Douglas Head, Douglas

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DON'T MISS IT!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 10, 2015
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Douglas, null, Isle Of Man
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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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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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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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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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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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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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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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28 helpful votes 28 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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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Beautifully restored, a piece of Victoriana at it's best. Just check the opening hours as it's manned by a volunteer force.

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Douglas, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This is something special, original Victorian curio with live views of Douglas displayed inside. This is more like a moving photograph than a tv image and is quite odd and fascinating. Well worth a visit, look out for the flag flying to see it's open. Only works on a sunny day!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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26 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Great experience. Just like stepping back into the Victorian day. The views may have slightly changed but are still breathtaking! Once you have visited the Obscura you will want to return in the future for another. Really worth a look at, if you excuse the pun.

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