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Camera Obscura

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Address: Douglas Head, Douglas

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Lovely relic of past times, well maintained by locals who are always happy to chat and great sources of local info about other attractions and places to eat. The obscura is just... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Woking, England
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Douglas, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an amazing little place to visit, the first moving pictures......it is great condition and worth going to see.

Thank Hilary H
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165 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Drove up here and had a very interesting chat with a local gentleman who could tell us a lot about the history of the area. There are lots of benches with commemorative plaques on them and a large area for picnics and barbecues. View overlooked the lighthouse and we watched the lifeboat coming in from training. A beautiful spot.

Thank ScotlandHattie
Woking, England
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154 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely relic of past times, well maintained by locals who are always happy to chat and great sources of local info about other attractions and places to eat. The obscura is just off the lovely, scenic coastal walk to Port Soderick.

Thank PW24
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Limited opening, but well worth a visit if its open and the weather is sunny! The light is allowed in through openings in the roof which reflect the views from outside to be reflected onto white surfaces in the darkened room within! a full 360 degree picture of the views outside is exposed as you walk around the room! Aparently... More 

Thank Malcolm D
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

lots of ppl having their lunch break at this nearby Douglas area, 5 minute walk from town center, from town center after cross the bridge and walk all the way left

Thank IOMSiang
Toronto, Canada
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56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

If you are looking for a very unique experience when in Douglas take the time to go up to Douglas Head. The panorama views of Douglas are amazing with a lovely park and the home of the the Great Union Camera Obscura. It is open from May -September on weekends and on Bank Holidays. This attraction is staffed by a... More 

Thank Travelwithwendy
West Timperley, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Like a few attractions on the island, this 'attraction' is hardly open at all. I never got the chance to visit this. Come on people, open the thing!

Thank Robbie H
Douglas, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

This is a renovated attraction overlooking Douglas, I used to go 60 years ago and it was like stepping back in time when I visited. When you consider it is all done with mirrors the images you view outdo modern technology

Thank c0linth0mps0n
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

If your around Douglas this is well worth a visit. Its on Douglas head by Manx Radio and can be seen from the promenade. If your on foot its quite a walk up lots of steps but the view and the attraction make it well worth it.

Thank JohnNewellIOM
Chippenham, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Only open on a limited basis so check so as not to be disappointed. Run by volunteers who are very informative - great fun

Thank 101Rosemary

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