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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, Scotland
+44 131 226 3709
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A great stop after exploring the castle if you have kids or are big kids. Lots to do very... read more

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stlabonte
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Calgary, Canada
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Great fun for an afternoon

We had a great time here and it’s clearly a popular place to visit. Great views from the top of the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
SimonM87
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Rugby, England, 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 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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“mirror maze” (543 reviews)
“all ages” (948 reviews)
“vortex tunnel” (395 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 20:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A great stop after exploring the castle if you have kids or are big kids. Lots to do very Interactive after looking and reading for a few hours

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a great time here and it’s clearly a popular place to visit. Great views from the top of the building and some really interesting marvels of illusion. Only downside is it’s quite pricey.

1  Thank SimonM87
Reviewed 2 days ago

! It's brilliant myself and my parter are late 20's & no children but we loved this!! There was a lot of interesting and fun things in here. Our favourite was the tunnel at the end! Proper spins you out! All of it was great!...More

Thank Chloe-Jane C
Reviewed 2 days ago

Camera Obscura was great fun and made for a very interesting couple of hours. Great for all ages - not just the kids! When we arrived we were directed to the top floor (level 6 i think) where there is a ten minute or so...More

Thank Jess M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was so much fun, we had a really good time. There is a lot of cool stuff to do, we were there for a couple of hours and were entertained the whole time! The only thing is, its a bit expensive, £15 pp, but...More

Thank Justine B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Camera Obscura just down from Edinburgh Castle has so many visual effects it makes your mind rethink things. It's too difficult to put visual effects down on paper. Just go and see for yourself. Well worth the money.

Thank Westbourne
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Brilliant if you have kids. Otherwise the views are terrific from the top but just as good from Edinburgh Castle. The actual camera itself I was charmed to see after watching one in the old movie "A matter of life and death " but really...More

Thank Harri820
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were a family with two adults and four children. The kids saw a brochure for this location and really wanted to go. We spend a couple of fun and interactive hours here. Kids had fun, participated in each exhibit and enjoyed the attractions. Great...More

Thank TBWorldTraveler
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A unique experience which must be enjoyed. The tickets are bit on higher side bust avail 10% discount if you have purchased a ticket of hop on bus..

Thank Mahesh M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

After researching things to do for our first trip to Scotland we came across camera obscura. As we both love magic and illusions we knew despite the two hour detour ontop of our 8 hour each way trip from East of England to Invergordon we...More

Thank Lorraine G
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Chloe-ollie1620
Is it a good place for a school trip??
30 May 2017|
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hello there. We welcome hundreds of school groups every year and many schools bring groups year after year! Many of our interactive and light themed exhibits lend themselves to topics studied in the classroom and, as well... More
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Chloe-ollie1620
Is it a good place for a school trip??
30 May 2017|
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hello there. We welcome hundreds of school groups every year and many schools bring groups year after year! Many of our interactive and light themed exhibits lend themselves to topics studied in the classroom and, as well... More
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Evonne J
Can we pre pirchase tickets? I do not see a link on the website.
13 May 2017|
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Response from Monika M | Reviewed this property |
agree with above answers , you don't need to take care of ordering online beforehands :)
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