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Address: Douglas Head, Douglas
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A Trip Back in Time

The last time I visited this was in the 1970's. A miracle of victorian engineering, especially if you have your family or friends outside waving at the optics. Very friendly and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
alisongawne
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Douglas
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Douglas
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The last time I visited this was in the 1970's. A miracle of victorian engineering, especially if you have your family or friends outside waving at the optics. Very friendly and informative volunteers.

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York, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Situated on the hill overlooking Douglas, it is worth coming up here for the external views before entering the Camera Obscura. Once inside it takes a while for your eyes to adjust to the darkness where panels separate the views from each aperture. At the start you feel the temptation to touch the image as it looks like a flat... More 

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Thank AlfieHall
Douglas, United Kingdom
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206 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

One of the smallest jewels in the Manx Heritage crown. There aren't many Cameras Obscura left. Most have a single rotating lens with a swivel mechanism and project onto a circular convex screen This has 7 lenses each projecting on to a flat screen. An interesting Victorian side show hangover

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Thank John W
ireland
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58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Great views from here but you need a car to get there or else it is a really long climb from the bottom. No public transport.

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Thank ysh
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Called here to fill in some time before boarding the ferry and it was worth it. The views are wonderful but guess the weather was on our side. Our 11yr also found it fascinating which is a good sign. Nice end to a lovely bread ...note only open on weekends and nice days (they fly a flag outside when open!)

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Thank diane L
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A bit of a walk and a climb at Douglas head to visit this attraction, but unfortunately on our day it was closed, which was a big disappointment. It is staffed only by volunteers.

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Thank DHM15
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I would have liked to have tried the Camera Obscura but it is only open for limited times on weekends and bank holidays. I realise it is manned by volunteers but on a sunny day in August it was disappointing to find it closed.

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Thank David B
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

It was a waste of time renovating this thing. It wasn't popular in Victorian Times and its not popular now for a good reason, the best thing about it is how nice it looks from the outside. About 80 metres away are two pairs of binoculars which you can use FOR FREE to look across the bay. Way better, I... More 

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Thank Anthony S
Douglas, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

If views across bays are your thing, then this is THE place to be. A lovely way to spend an hour or two with the family just admiring the wonderful Manx scenery

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Thank 3LegsEverywhere
Oxford, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Whilst waiting for our ferry to arrive we decided to pass the time and whilst driving around Douglas saw signs for the Camera Obscura and decided to visit. It was amazing, none of our party had ever seen one before. So clever with the mirrors projecting an image for us to see. There were multiple images of different angles of... More 

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