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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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ADMISSION TICKETS (1)
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Admission Ticket
From $18.85*
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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, Scotland
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All reviews all ages vortex tunnel great fun no lift five floors couple of hours kids and adults few hours a lot of fun interactive exhibits any age whole family rainy day great attraction edinburgh castle royal mile mirror
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Spent a few hours in here out of the wind, some floors were being renovated so they gave us a discount but would have happily paid full price. Great views of the city and lovely staff.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank CiaraW118
Reviewed yesterday

Light is needed for the camera at the top to work. If it is dark they do however give you a ticket to come back the next day. I would recommend this trip for a rainy day. We spent 3h and were very entertained.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank kakefish
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were on a trip without the kids but decided to visit anyway, so glad we did, it was a lot of fun and very interesting.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank FunkyDiamond
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place really was fantastic. Lots to do for all ages! And a lot of it I remember from the old launch pad in the science museum in London. Am a little bit wary of the price, £16- this is almost the same cost as...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jazmin H
Reviewed 2 days ago

A really nice way to spend the afternoon, I was really sick while doing this but this was so much fun it helped to to take my mind off it.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Alison S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We arrived as it was starting to get dusky so we were given the option to return so we could do the camera Obscura on another day, we took this option. There is plenty to do and see and very interactive. It was relatively quiet...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank V8300WCheleng
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Basically one of the things to do in Edi, it's the first attraction in town from Victorian Age. You can take a sight of Edinburgh only by a system of lens and lights, so you feel like being in the XIX°. Better to go there...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GypsyAle
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Was a bit skeptical looking at the entry fee. But felt every penny worth after getting inside.Young kids with a zeal for science have numerous things to learn with fun. Icing on the cake was the telescope view of Edinburgh from the terrace.The castle itself...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank G0pinathA
Reviewed 3 days ago

Went wit my 16 year old son and we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was fin from the start and the vortex tunnel is something else altogether!! Great day out for adults and kids alike

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tattoomum81
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Interesting visit, in total we were in for an hour and a half. The vortex was the highlight. All in all we were glad we went. 4 stars as £16 each isn't cheap.

Date of experience: January 2019
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379alir
January 18, 2019|
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hello. We always expect to be busy during English school holidays, and, for that reason we operate extended opening hours, 9am-9pm. Saturday is always our busiest day outwith school holiday times, but either way, if you... More
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V8300WCheleng
January 8, 2019|
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hello! On average, our visitors spend a good two hours here and many spend much longer. In the evening there won’t be daylight for the full camera obscura presentation, but one of our friendly guides will give you a... More
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lilashy
December 25, 2018|
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hi, thank you for getting in touch. You do not need to book in advance, we always have availability for walk-up admission. If you would like to book in advance you can do this through our TripAdvisor page. We look forward to... More
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