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“Camera Obscura Well Worth A Visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Camera Obscura

Ranked #14 of 40 things to do in Douglas
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Camera Obscura Well Worth A Visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2012

This is a great example of a “Victorian age” built Camera Obscura still in original condition. This one was first opened in the 1890’s and the full name for it is The Great Union Camera Obscura. It is located on Douglas head and has great views of the harbour, lighthouse and Douglas bay. Unlike some Camera Obscura’s this one has 11 lens and screens to look at giving almost a 360° view as you walk around it inside unlike some that have one lens which is rotated. I found this a very interesting building / attraction and the location as great. It’s only open during the summer months on weekends and some bank holidays and only if the weather is not to cloudy or heavy rain as the best images are seen on bright sunny days. You can tell when it is open as the flag will be flying outside nearby when it is. It is staffed by volunteers from the Victorian society and they are all very helpful with information about it and other local attractions. There is plenty of parking on Douglas head (near Manx radio) but there are a number of steps down or up if you come from below near the inner harbour where there is also parking. There is a slightly easier path down from Douglas head with only a few steps then slopping path which would be easier for wheel chair access however wheel chair access into the actual Obscura is not really possible as the width of door is limiting. The cost is £2 per adult and £1 for kids over 12 or the slightly older adult. Kids under 12 free if accompanied by adults. Take a flask and sandwiches with you and enjoy the views sat on the benches nearby. This really is well worth a visit when you are in the area.


Godfrey_e
Isle of Man

Visited August 2012
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“Do visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2012

this was amazing to visit. Pictures so clesr, watching the grass move in the breeze and the sea. So cheap to go in, everyone should visit

Visited August 2012
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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“Great Union Camera Obscura Well Worth A Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2012

This is a great example of a “Victorian age” built Camera Obscura still in original condition. This one was first opened in the 1890’s and the full name for it is The Great Union Camera Obscura. It is located on Douglas head and has great views of the harbour, lighthouse and Douglas bay. Unlike some Camera Obscura’s this one has 11 lens and screens to look at giving almost a 360° view as you walk around it inside unlike some that have one lens which is rotated. I found this a very interesting building / attraction and the location as great. It’s only open during the summer months on weekends and some bank holidays and only if the weather is not to cloudy or heavy rain as the best images are seen on bright sunny days. You can tell when it is open as the flag will be flying outside nearby when it is. It is staffed by volunteers from the Victorian society and they are all very helpful with information about it and other local attractions. There is plenty of parking on Douglas head (near Manx radio) but there are a number of steps down or up if you come from below near the inner harbour where there is also parking. There is a slightly easier path down from Douglas head with only a few steps then slopping path which would be easier for wheel chair access however wheel chair access into the actual Obscura is not really possible as the width of door is limiting. The cost is £2 per adult and £1 for kids over 12 or the older adult :). Kids under 12 free if accompanied by adults. Take a flask and sandwiches with you and enjoy the views sat on the benches nearby. This really is well worth a visit when you are in the area.


Godfrey_e
Isle of Man

Visited August 2012
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Thank manxman12345
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“A Great Building And A Must See!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2012

This is a great example of a “Victorian age” built Camera Obscura still in original condition. This one was first opened in the 1890’s and the full name for it is The Great Union Camera Obscura. It is located on Douglas head and has great views of the harbour, lighthouse and Douglas bay. Unlike some Camera Obscura’s this one has 11 lens and screens to look at giving almost a 360° view as you walk around it inside unlike some that have one lens which is rotated. I found this a very interesting building / attraction and the location as great. It’s only open during the summer months on weekends and some bank holidays and only if the weather is not to cloudy or heavy rain as the best images are seen on bright sunny days. You can tell when it is open as the flag will be flying outside nearby when it is. It is staffed by volunteers from the Victorian society and they are all very helpful with information about it and other local attractions. There is plenty of parking on Douglas head (near Manx radio) but there are a number of steps down or up if you come from below near the inner harbour where there is also parking. There is a slightly easier path down from Douglas head with only a few steps then slopping path which would be easier for wheel chair access however wheel chair access into the actual Obscura is not really possible as the width of door is limiting. The cost is £2 per adult and £1 for kids over 12 or the older adult :). Kids under 12 free if accompanied by adults. Take a flask and sandwiches with you and enjoy the views sat on the benches nearby. This really is well worth a visit when you are in the area.

The Great Union Camera Obscura is open from May to September between 1pm and 4pm on Saturdays and from 11am to 4pm on Sundays and bank holidays.

Godfrey_e
Isle of Man

Visited August 2012
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Retford, United Kingdom
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“Worth the walk and trouble to find it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2012

Make sure you have the up to date opening times, and get good directions. You can't park right outside it, you have to negotiate steps or gradients whichever way you approach it. I loved it! such simple principles with such basic equipment giving such a great result - I'm surprised there aren't more of these around. The volunteers meeting and greeting were lovely too.

Visited September 2012
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