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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Admission Ticket
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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Castlehill | The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND, Scotland
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All reviews all ages vortex tunnel great fun no lift five floors couple of hours kids and adults few hours interactive exhibits a lot of fun any age whole family rainy day great attraction edinburgh castle royal mile mirror
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Because we visited when it was dark we weren't able to use the observatory as it relies on daylight but it meant we paid 10% less as we are unable to go back another day for that part. 6 floors high with loads of fun...More

1  Thank Shona-c-1978
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

OK but very underwhelming. Views great...... Should have spent more time in... exhibit areas. Get a stamp so you can return to the building several timed

Thank JimD1475
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great fun! Amazing attractions, great view of Edinburgh & Very good presentation from "Andrew" i think was his name, he was funny, knowledgeable & down to earth . We visited on 14/11.

1  Thank Dryburgh1994
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Camera Obscura is one of the oldest attractions in Edinburgh's Old Town. Its centrepiece, and the highlight to this day, is an incredible Victorian invention, which allows visitors to see a 360 degree image of the city, projected onto a circular white table from the...More

1  Thank Peter C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had an amazing time great fun for all ages you must visit this place so much to see and do the kids loved it

1  Thank Coastal47337072062
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We have just been to Camera Obscura with our 3 year old and it was a hit with everyone. Several floors of wonderful hands on entertainment, fantastic staff (our daughter has been talking about Simon since we left). Loads to see and do and lots...More

1  Thank angpinder
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It is the best place to visit, especially if you have kids. It is very interesting also for grown-ups; the staff is very nice and helpful. Do not miss!

1  Thank Cristina_Arad
Reviewed 4 days ago

I thought it was just the Camera Obscura, but it isn't. It's 3 floors of incredible interactive things to do and see. Weird rooms, holograms, games, go onto the roof terrace, but mind it's uneven with a few steps. Will go back.More

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TonyCameraObscura, Manager at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Margaret, thank you for your five-star review. We are pleased to hear you had a good day out and the whole family had fun! We have five floors with 98 steps to the rooftop with stunning views of Edinburgh. We are delighted to know...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

The camera obscure is at the top of Royal Mile a worthwhile place to visit. Been there a few time as lived in Edinburgh for meany years. Went with friends and family they always loved it. Great place to visit on wet or dry days.

Thank Alan D
TonyCameraObscura, Manager at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Alan, we are thrilled to learn as local residents you have enjoyed coming to Camera Obscura & World of Illusions again and again. It is wonderful to hear you had a good time and we look forward to see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 days ago

This was one of our priorities to do in Edinburgh and we thoroughly enjoyed it - lots to see and interact with but the camera obscura itself was a little anti-climactic. Worth it for the rest of the attraction though!More

Thank Emily R
TonyCameraObscura, Manager at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Emily, we are delighted to hear that Camera Obscura & World of Illusions was a priority for you to see Edinburgh. It is great to hear you had an amazing time exploring our five interactive floors and discovering our 150 hands-on exhibits. Thank you...More

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Rajiv K
September 25, 2018|
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hi Rajiv If I understand your question correctly, you wish to know whether it is a live experience and since when? The camera obscura show is a live projection of the view from outside, via a mirror and three lenses onto a... More
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wendyhaw
September 13, 2018|
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hi Wendy. Thanks for getting in touch. We have a wide range of hands-on exhibits (over 100!) which we feel appeal to all ages, from young children to older adults. As Marion has mentioned, some of the most popular exhibits... More
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Daniel C
August 17, 2018|
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Response from TonyCameraObscura | Property representative |
Hi Daniel, thanks for getting in touch. We believe we are great value for money, offering visitors the chance to get hands-on with over 100 interactive exhibits, as well as experience our stunning 360 degree rooftop views... More
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