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Camera Obscura

Douglas Head, Douglas
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Not really a folly, is it?

Quite brilliant piece of Victorian ingenuity. One suspects this is why it is maintained to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Manchester, United Kingdom
Douglas Camera obscura

Victorian curiosity perfectly preserved, shows 360 views of the surrounding area, using only lenses... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
David S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Quite brilliant piece of Victorian ingenuity. One suspects this is why it is maintained to impeccable standards by a group of local enthusiasts. Will today's Generation iGadget get what on earth is going on?

Thank planetvague
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Victorian curiosity perfectly preserved, shows 360 views of the surrounding area, using only lenses and natural light, no technology or electricity is used.

Thank David S
Reviewed 4 November 2017

I want you to check the opening times before you go because I walked all the way from the town (about 15 minutes), in the rain, and it was closed. I had read one of the tourist leaflets which gave the opening times and it...More

Thank Tiish
Reviewed 27 October 2017

After finding out before our trip that the Obscura was closed for the season, my son was very disappointed. A keen photographer and fanatic of unusual architecture. I contacted them directly on the off chance that someone may be working up there, and to my...More

Thank Steve M
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Slightly disappointing once you're in there as it only takes about 10 minutes (ample time) to view everything but it's interesting to see how they used to view pictures in the olden days. The fabulous thing is the passion that the volunteers have about this...More

Thank KSK321
Reviewed 23 August 2017

The sheer strangeness of a camera obscura is a good enough reason to visit. There's something magical about the simple lens-and-mirror trick, even in these days when you can watch a movie on your phone. The Great Union Camera Obscura is an oddity even amongst...More

Thank cambert
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Built in 1892, the Camera Obscura on Douglas Head, Isle of Man is a fascinating example of Victorian ingenuity. Through a series of lenses, live views of the surrounding area are projected onto screens.

Thank Trevor166
Reviewed 13 July 2017

As it is only open at weekends you must time your visit well. However, it is a fascinating living and breathing museum set in a delightful location set over the harbour on Douglas Head.. The pride that the volunteers have in this restored attraction is...More

1  Thank Ian B
Reviewed 13 July 2017

This is a very unusual Camera Obscura which was designed with 12 lenses although only 11 are now working.The Curators are very welcoming and informative and must be admired for their voluntary contribution. Although a little out of the way if you don't have transport...More

Thank Daniel W
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Don't expect to find the Camara Obscura open when you turn up! I think it is only open half a day Saturday and/or Sunday..but then it says on the outside it is run by volunteers so that is why!

Thank chrisecart
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10 August 2017|
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Response from dragonara2 | Reviewed this property |
It is only open at the weekends from 2pm till 4pm