Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Edinburgh

Observation Deck · Science Museum
For a weirdly wonderful and unique view of Edinburgh, head to Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. The camera obscura itself sits in the roof and features a set of mirrors and lenses that project moving images of the city onto a screen. You'll be able to pick up projected pedestrians in your hands and redirect traffic over paper bridges. The guide narrates an entertaining history of Edinburgh while you experiment. Throughout the rest of the building, you can observe and play with all sorts of other optical tricks. Your entrance fee enables you to come and go as you want throughout the day, and you can return the next day for free if there more exhibits you want to see. Put Camera Obscura and World of Illusions and other Edinburgh attractions into our Edinburgh trip itinerary planning site, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Loved it! I have a two year old and four year old and difficult to find things that suit them both. This was perfect, both of them loved it, the staff were friendly and helpful too.  more »
  • We had a great fun time here! Good place to spend some time when it’s raining especially with children :)  more »
  • Staff were friendly and helpful. A member of staff by the name of Jamie was particularly knowledgeable and kind. The illusions and displays were both interesting and eye catching. Great place to...  more »
  • It was a really great experience. My 1.5 year old had so much fun running around and touching things, and so did we. There was a lot to see. The rooftop was amazing! Lots of wonderful picture opportunities. We could see for miles across the city. There was a lot of stairs inside, so not super accessible for persons with mobility issues. We were there for over 2 hours and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Probably could have stayed longer, but we needed to meet up with our group.
  • It was indeed a great place to visit. Lots to see and do. Lots of fun for a family outing or even as a couple. Tickets even give you unlimited access for the day so was great to go with kids and then later go as a couple. During the day it was busy and cramped at sections so I recommend going later at night when you can have time to enjoy the exhibits. Overall a fun experience. That tunnel needs to be tried a hundred times. It's great fun.
  • I thought this was a fantastic visit. Great exhibits and interactive things. The maze was great and the vortex tunnel made me really laugh. I was convinced I was moving. Complete brain trickery! Be careful though. My son is colour blind and there were a number of light effects that he said he couldn't see. It is expensive if you don't get the benefit of all of the exhibits. I still liked it.
  • A must to visit in Edinburgh. You wont be disappointed. They have over 4 floors offering very intriguing experiences. They also have special shows, make sure to ask for the timings from the counter. On the top floor you can view the city in panorama. Their ticket also allows you to come back at any time during the day.
  • This place is awesome, the highlight of my trip to Edinburgh. Lots of things to do and you get a great 360 view of the city too. Would recommend to anybody. Attractions inside include optical illusions, funky mirrors, mirror mazes, interactive games and much much more. I think there's around 5 floors in total. You also get to go out to the roof and get a good outside view of the city which is great for photos. Then of course, you get to use the Camera Obscura too - the staff who give demonstrations are really helpful. If you're in Edinburgh, 100% you should go.

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