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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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10:00 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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This was a really enjoyable day. Well couple hours. Really interesting attractions and quite a bit to do. Definitely leaves you feeling satisfied.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was a really enjoyable day. Well couple hours. Really interesting attractions and quite a bit to do. Definitely leaves you feeling satisfied.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a different and cool attraction! The illusions were hands-on and really interesting. It was a shame we didn't get to see the Camera Obscura show but this was due to it being rainy and dark. A great way to spend a couple of hours and definitely worth doing if you're in Edinburgh!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place to spend a couple of hours and get some laughs and surprises. With the use of mirrors and scientific principles they manage to put you in awe. The place is good fun for people of all ages.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is amazing from the second we arrived. The staff I must say are the best part. The young women who greeted us was fantastic explained everything and was great with our four year old daughter. Our daughter was very happy she got two stickers! The staff really are so enthusiastic. They give you little tricks and hints on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent a very entertaining two hours there - it's changed a lot since our last visit several years ago. There's plenty to do for adults and school-age children, but if your children are very young you might want to put it off for a year or two. The only downside is that there's no disabled access. No lift (it's... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've been here twice, so much fun. A different room of surprises and games on each level. Once you reach the top you get a view of the entire city with free use of binoculars.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a pretty cool place to go and pass and hour or so. We went with visiting friends and enjoyed messing with the illusions. All age groups can enjoy.

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Parbold, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I took my sons aged 11 and 13 to this attraction because it was a rainy day. So glad I did as this was the highlight of our weekend. Would definitely recommend it!

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Pavia, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were not sure to visit Camera Obscura, but the day was very rainy and we decided to try. It was an excellent idea because this place is very amazing!!! After the show on the roof about camera obscura, we spent more than 2 hours visiting all the exhibit. Funny, interesting, and amazing! We had fun more than 2 kids!... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A must. Lots of fun, there is quite a lot to do. Just a great experience. Loved the camera obscura as well.

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