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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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Edinburgh trip with Grandkids

Very interesting experience for people of all ages. Different from anything I have seen and really... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Troon, United Kingdom
great fun

its a bit bleg if youre an adult but kids can have so much fun! i mean i actually had some fun... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, 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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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mirror maze” (594 reviews)
“all ages” (1,054 reviews)
“vortex tunnel” (434 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 21:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, Scotland
Old Town
+44 131 226 3709
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting experience for people of all ages. Different from anything I have seen and really good. The kids loved it and had a great time.

Thank tabamba
Reviewed 1 week ago

its a bit bleg if youre an adult but kids can have so much fun! i mean i actually had some fun myself in the mirror room and the spinning room. i would highly reccomend. plus when you buy a pass you can go in...More

Thank Ardizzle
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited camera Obscura on a rainy evening. We had a blast exploring the interactive activities and were invited back the next morning to view the camera Obscura as you can’t see the images at night. We had such a fun time. Would definitely recommend!...More

Thank stephanie r
Reviewed 1 week ago

i was pessimistic at first because i visited a similar place in another country before. I went in because I got discount upon discount, so it cost me £12 instead of £15.50. Located right outside Edinburgh castle. There is no lift in this place so...More

Thank Lily D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we got there we thought it might be a little overpriced and didn't know what to expect. Oyr timeslot for the camera obscura show was 10 mins after we paid so we made our way up to floor 6. Be advised its all stairs...More

Thank Ross-g-1990
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I visited for my birthday. It was interesting and there was a number of things to do but I think that it would be better suited to younger guests. It is definitely worth a visit and you get a great view of...More

Thank AmandaCrosbie
Reviewed 1 week ago

The camera obscura itself is very interesting but I found the 'show' as it was called rather boring - I tend to dislike these things generally. While you're up there, there're some good views to be had though. The illusions are pretty silly but good...More

Thank Fleur0213
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating experience showing the Camera Obscura in action. While waiting there's a chance to use the provided binoculars to view the city from this high vantage point. (Note: Although this works at any time it might be best on a bright day.) After seeing the...More

1  Thank Pete H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great fun - first visit to a Camera Obscura, and we were all enthralled (4 adults and 3 children) by Sandra's enthusiastic and engaging presentation. Lots of enjoyable exhibits, especially the mirror maze and the optical illusions! Try the vortex tunnel but I warn you,...More

1  Thank MrsMcO
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've walked past so many times, but having just been caught in a storm as we cater out of The Witchery across the road (perfect for lunch ;-) ), we went in. Great fun, easy couple of hours and our daughter (9) loved it too.

2  Thank GaryC2727
Old Town
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this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
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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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Questions & Answers
Jillian W
7 February 2018|
Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hi Jillian and thanks for getting in touch. While there is no family ticket, your tickets are valid all day, so if you are planning to come during the half-term holidays, you are free to come and go right through till 9pm... More
Anne B
5 February 2018|
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hi Anne. Have a quick look through the reviews using, for example, the search term “teenager”, and you will see a lot of parents say that this was one visit to even keep stroppy teenagers happy! We are so confident that... More
Jillian W
4 February 2018|
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hi Jillian. Sorry we missed your first post and you had to put up your question again. I mentioned in the reply above that there is no family ticket, but as for your question whether it’s worth the money, our market... More