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“Good fun” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2 ND, Scotland
44-131-226-3709
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Ranked #10 of 198 attractions in Edinburgh
Type: Lookouts, Specialty Museums, Historic Sites, Science Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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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 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.
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Sozopol, Bulgaria
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“Good fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The tickets are priced a little high, but we did have fun. There are alot of very cool illusions, but there are also areas that are more fun for children than adults. The rotating tunnel was crazy; who knew you could fall over just by looking at a spinning wall?

Interesting and fun, but could have cost a little less.

Visited March 2013
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“Fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

I visited Edinburgh over 20 years ago, and have a hazy recollection, of visiting the camera obscura, but the visibility wasn't very good, so I was charged a nominal amount to go to the top and admire what view was visible.
I'm assuming that the other attractions in the building have been added since.
On arrival we were sent straight to the top to see the camera obscura, which combines the view and knowledge of the guide.The views from the landing are stunning. We then browsed the other the other floors in descending order.
Some areas were quite busy, but it's all good fun, playing with optical illusions and the like.
Worth the money.

Visited March 2013
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“A unique attraction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

This is a unique attraction - educational, informative, fun and imaginative.
The staff were friendly, and there's plenty to do and see. Some of the exhibits and illusions are pretty amazing. Kids and adults alike can find lots to do.
Great views of Edinburgh from the tower.
It was busy due to the bank holiday weekend, but not excessively.
The Camera Obscura show is at pre-scheduled times, and unfortunately our allocated show was two hours away, so we missed this in the end as we had to see other things in Edinburgh, but I imagine that the shows are usually timed closer if it weren't for the busy day.
Overall, pretty cool!

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“Great fun !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

The best part is your ticket is valid for entire day ..you can go out , grab your meal and come back again as per your convenience !! Had super awesome fun and view from roof top is beautiful .. Must go if you are in Edinburgh.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Really fun!!! Well worth the money! Five floors of adventur and experiments plus a view over Edinburgh seen with a special camera

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