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Optical illusions, interactive exhibits, and the camera obscura that has been the centerpiece of... read more

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Tamara B
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Pittsburgh, United States
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Really interesting and also different place to visit in Edinburgh, my brother and I though it was... read more

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southsummerpalm
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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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
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Reviewed today

Optical illusions, interactive exhibits, and the camera obscura that has been the centerpiece of the attraction since it opened in 1853! You can touch almost everything and do so much here - great for families with young ones (and the young at heart). The views...More

Thank Tamara B
Reviewed today via mobile

Really interesting and also different place to visit in Edinburgh, my brother and I though it was really fun. Loved the interactive exhibits, made it a great day out. Only qualm was the ticket price which was quite a lot for what equated to an...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Was expecting so much more. Unless you have children I would skip this place. Optical illusions which you can see on the internet. The camera obscurra show was neat but not worth the admission price. Wish I didn't visit here.

Thank CNDNTRVLR2009
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It's a strange sort of place (No pun intended!)... our kids... 11 and 12 thoroughly enjoyed it... it was busy but not peak... not sure we would have enjoyed it as much if more people were crammed in! Not for people who don't like climbing...More

Thank Beena S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

To be completely honest I thought this place would be really cheesy and only fun for kids. I was so wrong! The camera obscura show itself on the top floor was so cool and really clever, and the lady presenting it was so engaging. In...More

Thank emmajade13
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

When we entered I was expecting something amazing from the camera obscura itself and it was amazing. I was also expecting the rest to be kinda gimmicky but it was actually really and we ended up spending a couple of hours in the world of...More

Thank Call0064
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My daughter and I had a great time here. Good location and the friendliest staff we’ve met so far in Scotland. A special shout out to Claire, who gave me directions here and some how managed to be in the camera obscura room when we...More

Thank Teresa H
Reviewed yesterday

My husband and I and our 10 month old son loved this. Definitely worth visiting. Lots of fun for kids and adults. Lots of hands-on stuff.

Thank th0mp919
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Our family of 4, including a 9 year old and 3 year old visited recently. We enjoyed the museum and found it very interesting. Including the show, we spent 1.5 hours here, visiting all floors twice. It was a little expensive at £43 (didn’t have...More

Thank jacksmum47
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was my 2nd visit here. The last time I was here was 5 years ago when my partners disability didn’t affect her much but during this visit to Edinburgh her disability played up quite badly. We also had our 5 year old daughter with...More

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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pilipala186332
9 May 2018|
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hi We would look for one of the following: Acceptable forms of documentary proof of carer status: 1. Carers Allowance Award Letter 2. Local Authority Carers / Plus One card 3. ‘Carers UK’ membership card 4. ‘CARE... More
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pilipala186332
9 May 2018|
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hi, thank you for getting in touch. We do offer free carer tickets to those accompanying disabled guests, with proof of being a care giver. Please note that we do not have a lift and we have many stairs. Our attraction is... More
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Nilesh N
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hi, we are delighted to hear you would like to make a group booking with us! Could you please call us - 0131 226 3709 We can then check group availability for the 10th. The way a group booking works is our admin team we will... More
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