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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 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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We had a really funny time!

We went to see what was going on, no expectations at all. Surprisingly, it was amazing, very awesome attraction! Do not miss the 15' guided on the top. Lovely view of the city!

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Puerto del Rosario, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to see what was going on, no expectations at all. Surprisingly, it was amazing, very awesome attraction! Do not miss the 15' guided on the top. Lovely view of the city!

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Indianapolis
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Not sure it is worth the admission fee but it is slightly entertaining. The main attraction is retro impressive from an early thought technology perspective but the hokey approach of the presentation is, well, just that, hokey. The spinning illusion tunnel was the highlight attraction for our group. It was done multiple times. But most of the other exhibits were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is crazy but so much fun! So many levels with lots of different things to do. It will bring out your inner child and may lead you to giving your friends small electric shocks with the static tubes! Great for all ages, definitely worth a visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a great place, the illusions are amazing and each floor has something different to experience. Great views from the rooftop.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

went into the shop by accident, very interesting place, young people would like it. penty to see & try.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Quick advice first: go as soon as this place opens, as it gets busy quick. We went at 9am and was able to spend loads of time in each section as it wasn't too busy. we came back again later on in the day and it was packed and you could hardly do anything. It was so great to see... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went here on a recent break to Edinburgh. From start to finish the place is brilliant. Quirky illusions across all the different levels, great way to spend a few hours in the city. Staff friendly and it's in a central location.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is excellent fun - but not wheelchair accessible, which is a shame. There are so many different illusions and it's certainly fun for people of all ages. Starting off on the top floor (there's no lift so you'll be walking up plenty of stairs if you visit) you get to see 360 degree views of Edinburgh via the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited here last week and thoroughly enjoyed it. Starting off with the views of the city from the rooftop, then the Camera Obscura demo and finishing off with the World Of Illusion spread over 5 or 6 floors. The rolling tunnel REALLY throws your perceptions out the window....WELL worth a visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited in the winter time as we were in Edinburgh for the Christmas market. Admission price was fair (most attractions now are £12-£20 entry for an adult - I don't understand why people complain, do they even go outside?). The attraction has numerous floors filled with different illusions and I particularly enjoyed the 10-15 minute display at the very... More 

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