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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

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Address: Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, Scotland
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+44 131 226 3709
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09:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Fri 09:00 - 20:00
Sat 09:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Enjoy unique 360 degree panoramic views over Edinburgh from the fascinating...

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.

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Good but expensive

Had to que 15 minutes to get in, split over 6 levels. Some interesting illusions. At £15 per adult adult, I felt it was too expensive for what it was. Favourite part was the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Fife, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had to que 15 minutes to get in, split over 6 levels. Some interesting illusions. At £15 per adult adult, I felt it was too expensive for what it was. Favourite part was the camera in the observatory.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The staff are so friendly, I was solo with my 11 y.o and 14m.o they provided me with a baby carrier, taking time to ensure I could work it correctly. Condensation wreaked havoc with the camera obscura but the guide did a fab job and offered return visit. We loved the brain busting stuff. My dad had a lot less... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our six and eleven year olds called this place the best experience in Edinburgh, and the adults enjoyed it also. The historical camera obscura was fascinating and the "optical illusions" enthralled the kids. The place was well-managed and clean. There are no lifts, so be prepared for six flights of stairs, and we walked right in, but there was a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots of stairs but worth it for the view. Quite a variety of exhibits and some interactive. My teenage granddaughter felt that there could be more interactive exhibits a fewer pictures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent hours there excellent museum well worth a visit! Would highly recommend if you have children as the displays are very interactive and fun! The camera obscura itself is weather and sun dependent so based on sunlight you may not see too much from the top so keep that in mind!

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Been to the obscura 4 years ago - totally enjoyed my self - was back in the area for a day trip so wanted to have a look again / see the new changes £15 for adults to get in - it is a world of fun weather it's raining or sunshine this place is worth a visit - gets... More 

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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Been today with the family for a tour. A very nice place to spend a few hours for who's arround Edinburgh... it's a must see. Kids are loving it !!!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An OK place to bring kids . There is a lot of repetition . You definitely need to go early in the day when it is bright for the Camera Obscura on the sixth floor. We were there at 345 pm and it was not great. In fairness to the staff they said we could come back in the morning... More 

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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic family attraction. An informative learning experience for all ages while retaining its fun element for everyone. It took us 2 hours to go from top to bottom but could have happily stayed longer if time allowed. A definite recommendation from us, as well as a repeat visit in the near future.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I had a great time there with my friend! The place is really interesting and you can stay there for a long time having fun. It's amazing!!!

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