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“Lots of Fun!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, Scotland (Old Town)
+44 131 226 3709
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Ranked #6 of 460 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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“Lots of Fun!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Didnt really know what this was when we went in, the camera obscura was pretty cool; gives you a full panoramic view of the city and our tour guide Matthew was quite entertaining. There are about 4 floors full of illusions and its definitely worth a look.

Visited June 2013
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“Not bad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

Well is not that bad, but I wasn't really impressed. Overall is a nice location, with fun attractions and nice illusions.

Kids would love it and probably you'll have to bring them there. If you are grown up, just use your time for the others great attractions of Edinburgh. You will not miss this attraction.

The staff is friendly.

Visited June 2013
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Brilliant place to visit when in Edinburgh, the illusions in here are fantastic and we spent a good couple of hours in here enjoying all of the illusions and the show on the rooftop is fun too.

Visited November 2012
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“A Must See in Edinburgh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We spent almost three hours at the Camera Obscura and everyone had an excellent time and were enthralled from start to finish.

Visited December 2012
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“Fun For All The Family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Had heard so many positive reports about Camera Obscura yet we were still a bit unsure what we were going to find : we were not disappointed !
Three generations of our family had a lovely time looking at and exploring all the mind blowing illusions on display, and learning about the original camera obscura was very interesting.
Enjoyment from this tourist attraction comes at different levels but I believe it is ideal for all ages .

Visited June 2013
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