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“Disappointing.”

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
Ranked #5 of 433 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed April 16, 2012

Having read so many good reviews on this attraction I was expecting a bit more. Maybe it was because it was very busy and there were so many children pushing and shoving. I went with my husband and two teenage daughters and, whilst we were all fascinated by some of the things, I didn't really think it had the wow factor and actually think it is pretty pricey for what it is. If you have no young children it is probably better to go out of school holidays.

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Reviewed April 15, 2012

Fun for all the family at a reasonable price. Great photo opportunities throughout.

Thank Alex T
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

Great attraction with so much to see and do. Far exceeded our expectations. We went for an hour and had to drag the kids away after 3. So much interactive exhibits. Kids loved it and ran round trying them all. If in Edinburgh with children this is a must see!

Thank DJA29
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

Me and my girlfriend went when visiting Edinburgh, sceptical at first as poor students we decided to take the plunge and to sat we were not disappointed is an understatement as it was fantastic and very exciting. There is lots to do and it's great fun suitable for families, friends or couples of any age.

Thank James W
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

What a fabulous attraction. If you are in Edinburgh don't miss this. I went on my own but it would also be great with friends or family.

Thank Sam_Remmer
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