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Winner of VisitScotland's Best Visitor Attraction Experience 2022/23! We are Scotland’s oldest purpose-built attraction, established in 1835. Interact with over 100 illusions and get a breath of fresh air on our magnificent Rooftop Terrace, which offers the most spectacular 360 degree views of Edinburgh. At Camera Obscura & World of Illusions, experience five floors of interactive hands-on optical illusions, tricks and fun things to do including our head-spinning Vortex Tunnel, bewildering Mirror Maze and mind-blowing Shrinking Room. Not to mention our 170 year old Camera Obscura! Get involved, play, touch, listen, and see. Great fun for all ages and nationalities, whatever the weather. 'Best family attraction in Britain’, The Telegraph. 'Five Stars, outstanding, world class', VisitScotland. Free Wi-Fi. 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.
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Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND Scotland

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329 High Street Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1PN Scotland
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26 King's Stables Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2JY Scotland
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6 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE Scotland
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1 India Buildings Victoria Street, Edinburgh EH1 2EX Scotland
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11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh EH1 1EZ Scotland
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18-21 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BL Scotland
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139 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 2JR Scotland
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6 Hunter Square Off Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1QW Scotland
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31-35 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS Scotland
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16 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PF Scotland
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1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1AD Scotland
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61 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HJ Scotland
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20-30 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1NY Scotland
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20 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1TR Scotland
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19 - 21 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PB Scotland
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12, 26 St Giles Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PT Scotland
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19 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1SD Scotland
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82 High Street Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1LL Scotland
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139 Cowgate near St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh EH1 1JS Scotland
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233 The Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JQ Scotland
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80 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DE Scotland
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Meuse Lane off Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2BZ Scotland
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37-43 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2NH Scotland
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43 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2BY Scotland
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  • Jack D
    Darlington, United Kingdom3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
    This is a fun and interactive attraction for family’s and younger children. The attraction is set out across various floors each of which include a wide variety of interactive games and optical illusions that you are able to interact with. You make your way up to towards the roof covering half of the attraction before coming back down and covering the second half. On the top floor there are options to take in the views of Edinburgh from roof along with a presentation and demonstration of the camera that is attached to the building. The demonstration lasts around 10/15 minutes and is very informative as you not only learn about the history of the building but the city itself. The attraction lasts around 1.5/2 hours depending on how quickly or slowly you wish to spend looking at the various different illusions throughout the building.
    Hi Jack, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're so glad you had a fun visit exploring our 5 floors of mind-boggling illusions and hands-on exhibits! Our rooftop views and Camera Obscura show are a highlight for lots of our visitors so it's great to hear you liked them too. We hope you visit again soon.
    Written June 26, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Mary M
    Silver Spring, Maryland104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My Skepticism Vanished. It's Brilliant -- and Loads of Fun!
    A "camera obscura" is a device invented by an Edinburgh woman in the mid 1850s. Installed it on a tower. Through it, one could get a 360 degree view of the entire city. Later it was used to plan sensitive redevelopment. It's at the top of a 7 story climb. At each level are fabulous illusions and magic tricks. You don't notice the climb for the fun.
    Hi Mary, thank you for your five star review. We're delighted to hear you had a brilliant visit and had lots of fun. Our 170-year-old Camera Obscura is something special, and it's great to hear how much you enjoyed it, along with our many other exhibits. Thank you for visiting and we hope to welcome you back again in the future.
    Written July 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • j0hannap94
    Aarhus, Denmark9 contributions
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    Great time!
    Really fun house. We Had a great time, but it was so full with people that it was a bit crowded from time to other. But the show with the camera obscura was amazing and we got a lot of knowledge in very little time:) perfect for everybody who enjoys a little fun:)
    Hello, thank you for your high recommendation. We're delighted to hear you had a fun visit and especially enjoyed the show of our 170-year-old Camera Obscura. We do get busy during school holidays, but would like to reassure you we operate timed entry with managed capacity to allow space for all our visitors to enjoy the experience. Thank you for visiting and we hope to welcome you back soon.
    Written July 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Babs
    Shetland Islands, United Kingdom10 contributions
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    Fun and something different
    Took our 10 year old son as we thought it would be right up his street. I'd been here years ago, and it was just as fun as I remembered it being, although no doubt its changed a bit since then too. Son's favourites were definitely the tunnel and the mirror maze, he also liked being able to control the street cameras too. The view from the roof over the city is amazing, and luckily it was a nice day when we were visiting so we could enjoy it
    Hi Babs, and thank you for your five star review. We're so pleased to hear you had a fun visit and your family also enjoyed the experience. The Vortex Tunnel and Mirror Maze are great fun and our rooftop views of Edinburgh are amazing, thank you for sharing your photographs with us. Thank you for visiting and we hope to be able to welcome you back for your third visit in the near future.
    Written July 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 3, 2023
  • theclarke5
    Leeds, United Kingdom26 contributions
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    Great combination of entertaining illusions and fabulous views
    Loved the camera obscura - a unique way to see Edinburgh, and with an interesting history (thanks Sam!). Also fabulous views from the top of the building. The illusions displays are very interactive and good for all ages.
    Hello, and thank you for your five star recommendation. We're delighted to hear you had an entertaining visit enjoying our interactive illusions and that Sam gave you an interesting show of the Camera Obscura, we'll be sure to pass along your kind words. The photographs of your visit are great, thank you for sharing these with us. Thank you for visiting and we hope you'll visit us again soon.
    Written July 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Jimbo W
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    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth seeing.
    Amazing apart from level 5 camera obscura. Kids should have been in front row and adults at the back row. We and our grandkids couldn't see anything as we were placed in back row, so left after a couple of minutes.
    Hello Jimbo and thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're delighted you had an amazing visit and found lots to entertain the whole family! Our Camera Obscura show is a highlight for lots of our visitors, if you would like to come back to see it please do get in touch via our website contact page. If for any reason you can't see the show properly, our guides would happily assist you. Thanks again for your feedback.
    Written July 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2023
  • 1Jamel
    Bristol, United Kingdom50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All round good experience for all ages
    We spent a great couple of hours in here. The Camera Oscura itself is really interesting and special , plus great to have a view from the roof tops . Then the bonus of lots of floors of activities and exhibits relating to perception and illusions. It really had plenty to interest and amuse people from about 3 to 83 ! There are lots of stairs but they are only a few at a time .
    Hi Jane, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're delighted you feel we are a good experience for all ages and especially enjoyed our Camera Obscura show! It's great to hear your feedback, and we agree that we have lots to entertain all ages. We hope to welcome you back for another visit soon.
    Written July 6, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 5, 2023
  • D B
    Brisbane, Australia94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a fun activity
    An absolute delight. So much better than we expected. Our18, 15 and 10 year olds as well as us, enjoyed it. Such fun. The actual camera obscura was so cool but everything else was amazing too. Highly recommend for a break from history, castles and cathedrals!
    Hello and thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're so pleased you had a fun visit with the whole family! Our historic Camera Obscura show is a highlight for lots of our visitors so it's great to hear you loved it too. We hope you all visit again soon.
    Written July 6, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Jennifer G
    Rotherham, United Kingdom34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for all ages
    Set over several floors and on the top floor views over the city. Several viewing points and sets of binoculars so you can see afar. An actual camera obscura at the very top, no camera just a mirror and daylight. Quite amazing really. Make sure you hang around the top for the chance to see this and a guide explain how it works etc. The whole experience was very interesting and funny at times. Interactive parts which were hilarious, freaky and amazing! Love the room that made you either little or large and the bridge.. now that was an experience on a slight hangover! Will definitely come back and bring the kids next time.
    Hi Jennifer, thank you for your 5 star review. It's fantastic to hear you had such a great visit and especially enjoyed our spectacular views of Edinburgh. Thank you for sharing your photographs with us, it's great to see you having so much fun. We very much look forward to welcoming you back in the future with the rest of your family.
    Written July 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
  • italy2002
    Glasgow, United Kingdom41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out in Edinburgh
    The website does not do this place justice , you really have to visit to see for yourself. Great place for kids & adults alike Very hands on experience, lots of fun & also interesting exhibits. The views from the roof terrace are simply amazing. Staff very enthusiastic, helpful & smiley.
    Hello, and thank you for your five star recommendation. We're delighted to hear you had a great visit and we had something for all ages to enjoy. Thank you for sharing your photographs with us, we hope they will be great memories of a fun-filled visit. We hope to be able to welcome you back for another visit in the future.
    Written July 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
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