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Run by volunteers this Victorian attraction is open at weekends check on line before visiting. If... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
bantickr
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Buntingford, United Kingdom
MUST SEE trip to yesteryear

Fab Victoriana, try to go when there are boats in harbour as you see them moving and its fun! It... read more

Reviewed January 9, 2018
Splosh27
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Douglas Head, Douglas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Run by volunteers this Victorian attraction is open at weekends check on line before visiting. If you cross the swing bridge in Douglas and turn left towards the port you come to a set of steps which lead up to the camera obscura. The obscura...More

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Reviewed January 9, 2018

Fab Victoriana, try to go when there are boats in harbour as you see them moving and its fun! It will take you all of 10 minutes to walk round and there is parking nearby. Just a lovely quaint trip back to yesteryear

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Reviewed December 17, 2017 via mobile

Heard about this place before coming and decided to check it out. Despite the poor weather, the view did not disappoint ! Very easy to reach and would highly recommend it to all

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Reviewed December 7, 2017

Quite brilliant piece of Victorian ingenuity. One suspects this is why it is maintained to impeccable standards by a group of local enthusiasts. Will today's Generation iGadget get what on earth is going on?

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Reviewed November 6, 2017

Victorian curiosity perfectly preserved, shows 360 views of the surrounding area, using only lenses and natural light, no technology or electricity is used.

Thank David S
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Reviewed November 4, 2017

I want you to check the opening times before you go because I walked all the way from the town (about 15 minutes), in the rain, and it was closed. I had read one of the tourist leaflets which gave the opening times and it...More

Thank Tiish
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Reviewed October 27, 2017

After finding out before our trip that the Obscura was closed for the season, my son was very disappointed. A keen photographer and fanatic of unusual architecture. I contacted them directly on the off chance that someone may be working up there, and to my...More

Thank Steve M
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Reviewed September 10, 2017 via mobile

Slightly disappointing once you're in there as it only takes about 10 minutes (ample time) to view everything but it's interesting to see how they used to view pictures in the olden days. The fabulous thing is the passion that the volunteers have about this...More

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Reviewed August 23, 2017

The sheer strangeness of a camera obscura is a good enough reason to visit. There's something magical about the simple lens-and-mirror trick, even in these days when you can watch a movie on your phone. The Great Union Camera Obscura is an oddity even amongst...More

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Reviewed August 14, 2017

Built in 1892, the Camera Obscura on Douglas Head, Isle of Man is a fascinating example of Victorian ingenuity. Through a series of lenses, live views of the surrounding area are projected onto screens.

Thank Trevor166
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Winnie1950
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It is only open at the weekends from 2pm till 4pm
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