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.
Isle of Man
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