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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 - 7:00 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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A great day out

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Thanks to Lyndsey for the demonstration of the camera and her fun presentation style. The illusions on the other floors were excellent too. We were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Thanks to Lyndsey for the demonstration of the camera and her fun presentation style. The illusions on the other floors were excellent too. We were on a day visit and keen to see the Christmas Markets but we could have spent all day here.

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed Camera Obscura, no doubt. But it definitely is better if you have kids. Otherwise, you will be done very fast and wonder if its worth the money. Positives the tour of the actual camera obscura is very interesting and the guide was really good. I forgot her name, but she had the right balance of being informative and... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The staff at this place are great, from the people on the reception to the people doing the talks. They (mostly) have great local knowledge and were very helpful with anything you needed. The woman who did the main camera obscura talk, Lynsey I think, was very funny and a great host. The rest of the place was well set... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed this popular attraction ... plenty to do and it's great fun. The staff are really lovely, so helpful and friendly. The views from the roof are spectacular. Really would recommend this one ... with or without children, we spent over 3 fun filled hours in there and have some great pics. Well worth the entry price.

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Thank Anna P
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went here before heading to the airport on the last day as it was recommended to us. Although I enjoyed it, I felt it was a bit expensive for what it was (£15 each) If I had kids, I would definitely take them here, probably spend longer looking round, and feel it was a bit better value! It was... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interesting and great for children as there is a lot to see and do but may be difficult for anyone with mobility issues

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went along to see this attraction as we'd passed it various times whilst out for a walk. Once you p urchase your ticket you are directed to go straight to the top floor for the camera obscura guided show, which was interesting, then you can make your way down the 5 floors of other exhibits. There are a lot... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went during the evening and got access for nest day Camera Obscura. The Kids had lots of fun and we all will loved it. Lots of laughs. Staff are friendly and informative. This experience is a much go!

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The experience starts off with a traditional camera obscura. The host Marta was very charming and entertaining and she really knew her stuff, making the experience really interesting! The other 4-5 floors of the building were packed with activities for everyone to enjoy. An added bonus was that you could return throughout the day, so due to other commitments my... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There are a few cool things inside but a lot of the things are very outdated - f.ekd. Their 3D stuff. Maybe a good alternative for a rainfull Day but not first thing on my list of things to do I'm The City

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