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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

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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...more
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Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 226 3709
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All reviews all ages vortex tunnel great fun no lift five floors couple of hours kids and adults few hours interactive exhibits a lot of fun any age whole family rainy day great attraction edinburgh castle royal mile mirror
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Reviewed today

Had a great day, certainly good fun for children, the vortex was amazing...a bit expensive for what it was , but still glad we went.

Thank Cheryl643252
Reviewed today

Make sure you allow plenty of time for this venue. There are many floors, each with a different feel ( yes - you do get gloves for one activity) Suitable for all, the experience will leave you astounded. The "rotating" room is amazing. Don't spend...More

Thank DavidBradbury
Reviewed today via mobile

Really interesting and interactive activity. Especially good for civil servants who get a extra 10% off! A different way to see the city and explore the wonders of illusion.

Thank Ellen R
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I didn’t want it to end! So many fun illusions/activists to explore. I could have gone around a second time! The Camera Obscura show was very informative and funny at the same time however it was a bit blurry to see on an overcast day,...More

1  Thank honor_iso
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a bit of a tourist trap, even if you go with friends or family. Kids would enjoy it but there are 6 floor and if its busy you are constantly waiting for people to stop using one of the ‘attractions’ you’ll see in...More

Thank hungryguy50
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Because we visited when it was dark we weren't able to use the observatory as it relies on daylight but it meant we paid 10% less as we are unable to go back another day for that part. 6 floors high with loads of fun...More

Thank Shona-c-1978
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

OK but very underwhelming. Views great...... Should have spent more time in... exhibit areas. Get a stamp so you can return to the building several timed

Thank JimD1475
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great fun! Amazing attractions, great view of Edinburgh & Very good presentation from "Andrew" i think was his name, he was funny, knowledgeable & down to earth . We visited on 14/11.

Thank Dryburgh1994
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Camera Obscura is one of the oldest attractions in Edinburgh's Old Town. Its centrepiece, and the highlight to this day, is an incredible Victorian invention, which allows visitors to see a 360 degree image of the city, projected onto a circular white table from the...More

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had an amazing time great fun for all ages you must visit this place so much to see and do the kids loved it

Thank Coastal47337072062
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Rajiv K
25 September 2018|
Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hi Rajiv If I understand your question correctly, you wish to know whether it is a live experience and since when? The camera obscura show is a live projection of the view from outside, via a mirror and three lenses onto a... More
13 September 2018|
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hi Wendy. Thanks for getting in touch. We have a wide range of hands-on exhibits (over 100!) which we feel appeal to all ages, from young children to older adults. As Marion has mentioned, some of the most popular exhibits... More
Daniel C
17 August 2018|
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hi Daniel, thanks for getting in touch. We believe we are great value for money, offering visitors the chance to get hands-on with over 100 interactive exhibits, as well as experience our stunning 360 degree rooftop views... More