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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

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Address: Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 226 3709
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10:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 19:00
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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This place is great

My girlfriend and I fancied doing something different so we decided to come here. It's a great laugh, lots of things to do and a cracking viewspot of Edinburgh at the top. Highly... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My girlfriend and I fancied doing something different so we decided to come here. It's a great laugh, lots of things to do and a cracking viewspot of Edinburgh at the top. Highly recommend!

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County Cork, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went here early sat morning when it wasn't as busy! Fist showing was at 10:20.. Lesley did the demonstration with our group which was very interesting and she demonstrated lots of enthusiasm and vibrance during her quick demo.. The other floors were quite entertaining and showed how optical illusions really play with ones head! We spent an hour there and... More 

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Woking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really worth every penny We spent two hours in there Staff so welcoming and knowledgeable So much to take in and no pressure to hurry along The Vortex and mirror maze brilliant

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited Camera Obscura as a last minute decision, and we were not disappointed. Child friendly, although buggy's and pushchairs must be left at reception. Staff were very welcoming and helpful, (for city info too!) A very interesting museum/attraction, with some unusual and exciting exhibits. Fun for all ages. Our 2 year old absolutely loved it. The ticket also included... More 

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Stranraer, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went here with family - 3 generations. We all had a great time and survived the Vortex - just! A great way to spend a morning or afternoon.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited this attraction on Saturday 26th November 2016 as part of a long weekend in Northumberland and Edinburgh. Found it very interesting and was one of the highlights of our visit, our 2 year old loved it" - Visited 26th November 2016.

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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Love love love this place, Camera Obscura itself is brilliant with the views from the top over four aspects of Edinburgh including the Castle, Princes Street, out to sea and much more, the information about the history of the streets below is great, then the actual camera is fab, Optical World is brilliant fun and there really isn't enough time... More 

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Arbroath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went with husband and 9 yr old daughter. We all enjoyed it. All 6 floors of it. Just be ready to climb a lot of stairs!

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sheffield
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I visited today and loved it. The staff were great and the facilities were great too. A lovely girl called Lindsey noticed I had a pair of ear defenders in my hand, my daughters autistic and sometimes needs to wear them. So very helpfully talked about the things to see and what my daughter may feel uncomfortable... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Camera Obscura is great fun for all ages. Lots of things to see and interact with throughout the building. There is a rooftop show but during the winter hours you need to be there about midday to see it. The view from the rooftop is also quite spectacular.

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