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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

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Address: Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 131 226 3709
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09:30 - 18:00
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Hours:
Sun 09:30 - 19:00
Mon - Thu 09:30 - 18:00
Fri 09:30 - 19:00
Sat 09:30 - 20:00
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 was a lot of fun. All kinds of fun and interesting things. The staff was friendly. Def a place to see if in the area.

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place was a lot of fun. All kinds of fun and interesting things. The staff was friendly. Def a place to see if in the area.

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Katoomba, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to visit especially if the weather isn't great. I can't wait to take my little girl there when she's bigger. The illusions are wonderful and so much to learn. The obscura itself is so unique and a real delight, but dependant on the weather

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Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just down the road from the Edinburgh Palace, I would certainly recommend this place to anyone. A great day out for all the family to enjoy. Lots of interactive and educational displays suitable for both children and adults

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Castleisland, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My boyfriend and I visited Camera Obscura and had such a fantastic time. It was the last thing we did on our weekend away to Edinburgh and we left it on a high! Exceptionally structured facility with many different things to do, you could easily spend 2-3 hours there. You get to see every angle of the beautiful city and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I went today with my partner we are in a mid 20's and it was great crack. We went up to the top on the roof first and you get amazimg views with loads of binos and periscopes so can have a good look about. Then every half hour there is a cool viewing room where camera obscure is shown.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The original plan on the trip to Edinburgh was to go to Edinburgh Zoo, however, they emailed earlier in the day saying that the zoo was closed due to the weather, so we frantically starting looking at something to do, and Camera Obscura was came highly recommended to us. We decided to go that night, to enquire about how we'd... More 

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

We took our 7 and 3 year old and both loved it and still talk about it. Lots of funny photo opportunities. Took about 1hr30 to go around but could have spent more time there.

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Birmingham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sceptical initially about what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by this place. Lots to interest young and older kids aswell as adults. If you are in Edingburgh on holiday do it.

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Auchterarder, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited with our 3 year old daughter. She was delighted by many of the illusions and wanted to keep going back round to see them! We had fun too as some of the exhibits were aimed for older children and adults. We went on a Sunday and it wasn't too busy, so we could get a good look at the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were in Scotland for a long weekend with the kids. A day in Edinburgh was fantastic, following the castle we went to camera obscura (just next door to the castle) we spent 4hrs there and it was nothing short of 5 stars amazing. There is so much to do and the kids loved every display and every minute. The... More 

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