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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
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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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Must visit with the kids

Spent 2 hours here with our two boys 9 and 12 and everyone had a blast... Main exhibit has been there for 150 years and add on exhibits are fun and informative. Everyone enjoyed... read more

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Spent 2 hours here with our two boys 9 and 12 and everyone had a blast... Main exhibit has been there for 150 years and add on exhibits are fun and informative. Everyone enjoyed it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Staff were all very friendly and quite happy to help in any way. All the floors have different attractions and based on a theme. Kids found them very interesting and plenty of things for them to do and find out about. I would highly recommend a visit, and you can see all the vantage points from the very top.

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Tromso, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

For people interested in illusions and perception this place is gold. You can see many classic psychology illusions here. It was also just fun, a lot of stuff to try, surely it must be fun for kids. One hour was too little, but all the time we'd got. Would like to go back some day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This museum is great fun. Our little girl loved it. We came back again later in the day as she enjoyed it that much. Liads of hands on stuff and really interactive

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A fun place to kill a couple of hours. Lots to do and confuse the senses. Seeing the camera obscura in action is always amazing and surprising to think it's over a 100 years old. Can be a bit pricey for a large group.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice. Great for children and enjoyable for adults. The show was great and can be a good way too start your visit in the city and getting an idea of what the city has to offer and the geography of it. The museum it self is very nice. There is one level that is mostly computer based and thus... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An interesting change of pace with a number of cool things including the actual camera obscura itself. Kids can spoil it somewhat though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So... I'm one of THOSE Dads. You know... the cheapskate kind that hate to spend money on anything but the "authentic" attractions and vehemently avoid the "touristy" type things. So when my family wanted me to blow 14 pounds PER PERSON on what looked like a cheap and touristy kind of attraction I dug my heals in hard. NO WAY.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was a bit reluctant to spend £15 each, but it was well worth the price. I think the adults had more fun than the kids, actually. It is well organized with lots to see and do and very interactive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved this. Went with sister before heading back home after weekend in Edinburgh and had a fab time.

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