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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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  • We chose with my boyfriend this last attraction to visit in Edinburgh and had a blast! It is suitable for adults and children, great staff (our tour guide's name was Catherine's room, very nice and helpful) and always willing to give explanations. The camera obscura itself then is the ultimate attraction! It is interesting to think that it is the oldest in Europe. Very nice experience!
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  • Really enjoyed this place. A few things we'd seen before in books and at similar attractions but it is always good to see them in big format. If you want to get the best out of the excellent Camera Ob...  more »
  • We are here the last day you go. Really very very nice! Very nice to see at the top of the camera obscura. On the roof fun Outlook with insanely good telescopes. Further very very interactive and fun illusions. We have us well entertained. Fortunately it was not busy, so we could all do without have to wait for long.
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  • To be honest was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did - it was not on our list of must see and dos on our Holiday to Scotland - however we had some spare time and thought we would check it out. We had a lot of fun with the interactive displays and was a great way to spend a couple of hours just spending time together laughing and having fun as a family. Highly recommend this for families or people who just want to explore the fascinating world of illusions and more.
  • One of the best tourist attractions. Full of optical illusions and fun stuff. The Camera Obscura is very tricky to schedule if you actually want the best experience. It's best to visit on a very sunny day. Go early in the morning. If you are in the first or the second group you will enjoy nice view without screaming or running children and you can see the city before the sun goes too high. Take a good camera if you want pictures from the roof. (The phone is not a good camera no matter what are you thinking.)
  • Amazing experience! Had tons of fun, spent more than 2 hours enjoying all the attractions in the building. Be careful with the sparks when you touch people in the electric room ๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š
  • A fantastic entertainment inside. You'll love it here, a time well spent I guarantee. Many great and funny stuff to see. Might be a little crowded at times like weekends or holidays though, but it's worth a visit. Me and my girlfriend loved it!
  • This was not there in my itinerary. But we ended up spending couple hours. My kid had lots of fun.