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Address: Douglas Head, Douglas

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Illusions of the lens

Fun, Old School, interesting, cool, enlightening, and sweet lady that runs it makes it even better. The light was quickly diminishing when we arrived so we got a free look:)

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Fun, Old School, interesting, cool, enlightening, and sweet lady that runs it makes it even better. The light was quickly diminishing when we arrived so we got a free look:)

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

One of few specific things I remembered from last island visit 60 years ago! Staffed by knowledgeable and pleasant volunteers. Nice way to pass an hour before homeward ferry.

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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This is worth a visit. Victor robins must have thought this to be the height of advanced visual technology. It is a credit to the Isle of Man that's this place stroll exists at all. In most cities around the world it would have been trashed. Well worth a visitor.

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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

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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5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 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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126 reviews 126 reviews
54 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 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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317 reviews 317 reviews
136 attraction reviews
219 helpful votes 219 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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