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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

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Address: Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 226 3709
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Enjoy unique 360 degree panoramic views over Edinburgh from the fascinating...

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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Have great view of Edinburgh, and from a new viewpoint

A place well worth visiting more than once. The original Camera Obscura is best on a sunny day whereas the rest of the displays are great for a rainy day. It is on a series of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A place well worth visiting more than once. The original Camera Obscura is best on a sunny day whereas the rest of the displays are great for a rainy day. It is on a series of different floors and rooms, always a sense of expectation when you go into a new room. One of the Royal Mile must see attractions.

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County Meath, Ireland
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited Edinburgh on the last weekend of January. I found out about Camera Obscura and I couldn't wait to see it. It was amazing!! The girl on the front desk was lovely!! very welcoming!! I Will be travelling back soon and I cannot wait to go back to this! Worth a visit.

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Thank LaurenKiely95
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My partner and I visited Edinburgh in December and a lot of people recommended this place. It was good fun but we wouldn't say it was brilliant. If you want a laugh it's the place to go just be prepared for people that do not move away from anything to let you see but I suppose that's all part of... More 

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Thank Lucyscruv
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had never heard about this until my daughter went to a friends' birthday. We made a special trip to go and were not disappointed.

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

visited here with myself and 3 children aged 9 and twins 15. We all had so much fun and really enjoyed ourselves. Great that once you have paid you can visit again in the same day. You can spend a good couple of hours in there.

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Thank edzisbez
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've been here a couple of times and love it. Its kind of strange that you have to climb 5 flghts of stairs to start the experience but its a good work out! Each floor has lots of different optical illusions and activities for all the family.

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Thank LottyHime
Lancashire
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to the camera obscura not really knowing what to expect but was pleasantly surprised at the ample things to do on the numerous floors. It was an old building so had no lifts so was a bit of a struggle with a toddler and 1 year old, if your taking a young one baby carrier is a must.... More 

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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great, fun experience and an activity for all. Nice to do at any time, any weather, alone or with friends. Also good spot for tourists. I would definitely recommend.

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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great attraction - really interesting and also fun. Great for any age. We were a group of students. Make sure you go in the day light otherwise you won't be able to see the show.

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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great day in Edinburgh with the Fvc info assistants. Would highly recommend this to anyone. Great views of Edinburgh even on a dull day.

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