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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Admission...
Ranked #5 of 397 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 older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed December 8, 2014

Nice place to visit. Tons to see and experience for everyone all the while having loads of fun.!! All in all a thoroughly enjoyable experience.!

Thank AnksJain
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Tony M, Manager at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2014

Hi, it’s fantastic to hear when our visitors enjoy themselves as much as you have done, so thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback! I do hope the rest of your time in Scotland was as fun.

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Reviewed December 8, 2014

Good fun all round. It is not amazing but if you are in Edinburgh it is worth a visit.

Its not expensive and a good way to kill/enjoy an hour.

Thank Aidan S
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Tony M, Manager at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2014

Hi Aidan, I’m glad you enjoyed your visit to us here at the Camera Obscura. We do aim to amaze all our visitors with our interactive exhibits, and are constantly adding to these and experimenting with new ideas – hopefully next time we will be able to blow you away! Thank you for your review.

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Reviewed December 6, 2014

this is a great way to spend a day , very interesting , loadss to interact with, excellent for kids , money well spent

Thank shazroze
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Tony M, Manager at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2014

Hi there. I’m so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our five floors of interactive exhibits, and thank you for taking the time to write us a review!

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Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

Passed this building on many an occasion and gutted I had not visited before! A hidden gem containing wonders for children and the one hidden in us adults. And eclectic experience full of surprises, fun and education. The way learning for all of us should be.
Something for everyone and the view from the top is worth the climb and penultimate experience.

Thank mscouttsy
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Tony M, Manager at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2014

Thank you very much for your review! We’re really pleased you enjoyed your visit, and learned something too! We often hear from locals that they’ve never visited, but we’re really glad you took the chance and that you found us worthwhile. We hope to welcome you back soon!

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Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

I wouldn't go back as personally wasn't blown away by it but would be good for younger kids. Not sure how it could improve if any but needs something to make people want to come back

Thank Dug1991
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Tony M, Manager at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2014

We do our best to appeal to a broad range of ages, and lots of our adult visitors tell us they enjoyed themselves as much as their children! We are also continually updating our exhibits and introducing new ones so that even our numerous repeat visitors never know what to expect. However, we appreciate we can’t appeal to everyone, and we’re sorry we didn’t hit the mark for you. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review.

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