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Edinburgh: Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Ticket

Product ID: 219399
Enjoy a visit filled with surprises as you explore over 100 interactive, hands-on illusions. Head up to the rooftop terrace for the best views in Edinburgh over the city, and discover the Victorian Camera Obscura.
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  • Venture through 5 floors of amazing illusions
  • Get hands-on with over 100 interactive exhibits
  • Discover breathtaking rooftop views of Edinburgh
  • Be amazed by the Victorian Camera Obscura
Full description
As you weave your way through the World of Illusions, remember nothing is as it seems. Venture through 5 floors jam-packed with over 100 illusions. Start at the rooftop terrace and enjoy 360-degree views of Edinburgh. Get closer to the sights using the range of telescopes and binoculars.

Then join your guide inside the Victorian rooftop chamber to see Edinburgh as never before. Discover the Camera Obscura, a live moving image of Edinburgh projected through a periscope, while listening to a fascinating account of the city’s history.

Make your way down through 5 floors of interactive displays and clever illusions. Discover a swirling light vortex, a maze of mirrors, get the chance to swap noses with a friend, see yourself grow, shrink and stretch, and mess with your mind with brilliant visual effects. 
  • Admission ticket to Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
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  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

The attraction is located at Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• Please note that groups of 9 people or more may have to wait before entry, or be asked to return at a quieter time
• Please note, the Camera Obscura show has limited capacity and places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment
• Admission tickets are always available to purchase on the day at the attraction
• Please note, the last Camera Obscura show of the day starts 30 minutes before sunset; if you book an evening entry, you will not receive a Camera Obscura show
• Please note that the Camera Obscura show is weather dependent, and so cannot be guaranteed
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 503 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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The event was a Girlguiding trip travelling from Glasgow. When I phoned to book tickets, I was informed I couldn't book at the weekends between 10 am and 6 pm. It was an anxious visit to travel and to then be told we couldn't enter. However, once we arrived staff were very helpful and we entered without any issues but was unsure whether to continue with the event in case were could get in

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February 24, 2020

Fantastic fun!!!! Hand stamp meant we could take our time- go out, get some lunch and come back. There was loads of interactive stuff to do which kept my 10.12 and 15 year olds amused and view from roof was fantastic. Head there for 1pm to watch gun fired from castle through binoculars

February 22, 2020

A fun attraction, we spent maybe an hour exploring and then we had our camera obscura show which was great, the guy directing it was great craic and it was fairly informative. Try to go at off peak times as we were there fairly early in the morning (10 am) and yet It was still busy enough that we found we had to miss out on some of the activities due to overcrowding. I wouldn’t recommend for Anyone claustrophobic or anyone who has vertigo. Myself and my boyfriend got fake married on the way out for £2 and we got two rings and a little certificate and gave him mum a heart attack. All in all a fabulous experience

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January 11, 2020

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