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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Edinburgh

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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. Use our Edinburgh itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Camera Obscura and World of Illusions and other attractions in Edinburgh.
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  • Really enjoyed going here. Was good fun, we even left the kids at home so we could enjoy it for ourselves! Nice to have an hour in here after going in the castle 
  • Really interesting and very fun! A short walk from the Castle, also offers a beautiful view on it.
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  • Very interesting place to visit no matter what age you are.The actual camera is great but go on a clear day as not much to see otherwise. No queue to get in as previous reviewers have said. A bit expe...  read more »
  • Fun place for friends and families. I absolutely loved the camera show. It was entertaining even though it was a simple affair. The rest of the exhibits are pretty hands-on so there's lots of fun involved.
  • Defiantly worth visiting! Experience unusual and fun illusions, lots to do for kids. So great 2-3 hours of fun for everyone of all ages, the whole thing ends on the sixth floor (the roof) with some breathtaking views of Edinburgh
  • Fantastic location. Has 6 interesting floors of illusions and interesting optical tricks. The top floor has one of the best views of Edinburgh! Great as a photo spot.
  • My favorite attraction In Edinburgh. Camera Obscura is a amazing experience and the 6 floors of optical illusions are great fun for all ages. The 6th floor provides great views of the royal mile and Edinburghs surroundings.
  • Great fun, although a little costly to get in. I took my young teenage daughter for the day, and I think I enjoyed it just as much as she did. There's plenty to do in the area as well, being just along from the Castle Esplanade, the Witchery and much more.
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