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Unique thing to visit.

What a shame, be warned, this is only open at weekends...we actually didn't get to see inside, but... read more

Reviewed August 18, 2018
Sally B
Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
very good views.

A long walk if you do not have your own transport, but well worth a visit if you can make it up the... read more

Reviewed July 17, 2018
dorothy k
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Douglas Head, Douglas
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Reviewed August 18, 2018

What a shame, be warned, this is only open at weekends...we actually didn't get to see inside, but would have loved to.

Thank Sally B
Reviewed July 17, 2018

A long walk if you do not have your own transport, but well worth a visit if you can make it up the hill.

Thank dorothy k
Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

I have wanted to visit for many years but not normally on the island when its open - weekends and bank holidays. There is a very small admission fee. Finally went today and even though Manannan's cloak was over Douglas Bay there were still great...More

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

Run by volunteers this Victorian attraction is open at weekends check on line before visiting. If you cross the swing bridge in Douglas and turn left towards the port you come to a set of steps which lead up to the camera obscura. The obscura...More

2  Thank bantickr
Reviewed January 9, 2018

Fab Victoriana, try to go when there are boats in harbour as you see them moving and its fun! It will take you all of 10 minutes to walk round and there is parking nearby. Just a lovely quaint trip back to yesteryear

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Reviewed December 17, 2017 via mobile

Heard about this place before coming and decided to check it out. Despite the poor weather, the view did not disappoint ! Very easy to reach and would highly recommend it to all

Thank travelwithissa
Reviewed December 7, 2017

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 November 6, 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 November 4, 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 October 27, 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
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September 28, 2018|
Response from Sally B | Reviewed this property |
It's only open at weekends, May to September, Saturday 1pm-4pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. If the weather's bad there's nothing to see, so they fly a flag to let you know it's closed.There is also a board outside with extra... More
August 10, 2017|
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Response from dragonara2 | Reviewed this property |
It is only open at the weekends from 2pm till 4pm