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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, Scotland
+44 131 226 3709
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if you are fun loving, traveling with kids, that's the place you need to visit. There's so much to... read more

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An absolute must if in Edinburgh. Totally worth the wait! I survived the vortex 😎 Camera obscura... read more

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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 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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Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

if you are fun loving, traveling with kids, that's the place you need to visit. There's so much to see...every floor you climb you are treated with something new.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

An absolute must if in Edinburgh. Totally worth the wait! I survived the vortex 😎 Camera obscura also has a mirror light show on the top floor where you can view all Edinburgh. The staff Re helpful and ticket entry isn't very expensive. Great for...More

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Reviewed yesterday

The camera obscura (literally "dark room") is a 19th century device which uses a combination of mirrors to project a live view of parts of the city onto a surface in the room. That part of the attraction was fascinating, and our guide, Rosie, gave...More

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Reviewed yesterday

kids enjoyed the place thoroughly. If you have spare time and are with kids then you can definitely plan a visit here. it takes around 2 to 3 hrs to cover all the floors. it is located just near the entrance to the edinburgh castle.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We started the tour with a view if the surroundings through a system of lenses and mirrors. The going down we enjoyed different types of illusions, electric, light, mirrors and others. Some are extremely fun for all ages and probably the maze and the vortex...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Another must do in Edingburg. Has a lot of interesting things to see and great for kids. the view point gives an amazing view of the city

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Reviewed yesterday

I went to Camera Obscura not knowing what to expect and I was amazed by everything in there. Recommend a visit, especially if you travel with kids or like illusion things and mind games.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Thought to drop by for some kids entertainment, but was really pleasantly surprised by what it offers! Fun for whole family, though i can see how potentially crowded it can be as place is connected by a single staircase through its six levels (we reached...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a lovely time here our tour guide was christine she was really nice and helpful. I told her I was pregnant and she calmed me and offered me a bottle of water from being dizzy because I walked up a lot of stairs...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was a bit tentative to go to this museum but am so glad I did! First part is a look at the camera obscura and the view it gives of Edinburgh. The guide was funny and gave a good explanation of how it works...More

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pilipala186332
May 9, 2018|
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hi We would look for one of the following: Acceptable forms of documentary proof of carer status: 1. Carers Allowance Award Letter 2. Local Authority Carers / Plus One card 3. ‘Carers UK’ membership card 4. ‘CARE... More
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pilipala186332
May 9, 2018|
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hi, thank you for getting in touch. We do offer free carer tickets to those accompanying disabled guests, with proof of being a care giver. Please note that we do not have a lift and we have many stairs. Our attraction is... More
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hi, we are delighted to hear you would like to make a group booking with us! Could you please call us - 0131 226 3709 We can then check group availability for the 10th. The way a group booking works is our admin team we will... More
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