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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

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Address: Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, Scotland
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+44 131 226 3709
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9:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 8:00 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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If you are into unusual things and places, then this is a must visit, regardless of you're age. It has a lot of both fun and educational activities and is aimed for people of all... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are into unusual things and places, then this is a must visit, regardless of you're age. It has a lot of both fun and educational activities and is aimed for people of all ages and for the whole family. Once you pay the entrance fee, you can come and go as you please throughout the day. Check out... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had such a fun time here! Got to see Edinburgh from all different angles and loved learning more about the city

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Oh Lord! This place was the coolest thing my son has ever in his entire life done or seen (reportedly). Even if you have only half and hour at least see the spiny-tube thing. No spoilers, just don't miss it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ive always loved sciencey stuff and magic so this place was right up my street. Judging from the line outside the entrance its a very popular place for families with young kids, but even young adults and those young at heart will love this place. Its for all ages! Its such a cool educational place, and so much fun! the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A fabulous experience with an exquisite scenery roof top view, a lot of surprising illusions and facts. You won't realise how the time passes by that much quickly

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Judging from the website pictures, I made the mistake of thinking that this was just for kids - it is for all ages! Very enjoyable couple of hours spent explore some wonderful optical illusions and puzzles. The interactive show gave us a very different perspective on the city. Excellent visit - strongly recommend it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Quite steep at £15 but cheaper than Edinburgh castle and definitely more fun. Can easily spend 2 hours in there and it's fun for all ages. Plus the view from the roof is pretty amazing!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent a couple of hours here with my daughter having gone to Edinburgh for a weekend. Absolutely loved it and would recommend to everyone of all ages! Only downside would be for those who struggle walking as no lifts or alternative access as a very old building :( but for those of you that can definitely worth a visit! The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A fantastic few hours spent mesmerised by some very clever illusions and hands on entertainment for all ages. The Victorian camera technology is impressive but has probably had its day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Defiantly worth a visit if in Edinburgh centre, this is very close to the castle and other local attractions. We used our Clubcard double up vouchers so only had to pay £10 for 2 but even if it was full price it's defiantly worth a visit, the show right at the top of the tower is defiantly worth going to... More 

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