Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Edinburgh

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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  • Camera Obscura is definitely one of the best attractions to see in Edinburgh. The whole interactive exhibition is very well designed and planned over six levels/floors. The top floor is the highlight ...  more »
  • I've seen many optical illusions exhibitions and this one is probably the most complete I've seen, so it was great to discover even some stuff that I had never experienced before. The only minus compared to other places is that there was almost never year explanation as to what created the effect (retinal persistence, balance vs motion, brain compensation, electricity laws etc.) which is usually very interesting, so to us it was a bit frustrating. I visited quite a few exhibitions with optical illusions, and it is probably the most comprehensive, so it was great to be able to discover some that I had never experienced before. The only downside compared to other expos is that he had almost never explanations on effects creating these illusions (persistence retienne, balance vs movement, compensation of the brain, laws of electricity etc) then that is very interesting, so for us it was pretty frustrating.
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  • Visit highly recommended to go with children, not take more than 1'30 h or 2 h, they it are great and at the same time you you'll also discovering and playing with effects of light, 3D Holograms... recommended.
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  • This is a great place. Well worth a visit. The kids loved it. Set over five floors and takes a good couple of hours to go round it all. Unfortunately couldn't see clearly on the camera at the top but that was the weather's fault and Dougal (?) made the best of a bad day. Would highly recommend.
  • Was a good way to spend a couple of hours but quite limited considering the price. It boasts of 6 floors of things to do but one of those is the reception area and the first floor has the magic of......the toilets and nothing else. A little misleading On the plus side - the exhibits are good fun for all the family and the views at the top are beautiful. If you have kids between the ages of 5-12 they will really enjoy it. To put the price into context we drove for an hour and went to a Safari park for five hours for less than we spent here in two hours. It reminded us of the MOSI in Manchester which is free. That being said - good fun and the kids really did like it. From a parents perspective - a little pricey for what you get.
  • Fantastic fun for the whole family. A little steep in price, kids tickets are only £4 cheaper than the £15 adult price. I think £10 would be a realistic adult price for what's on offer. However we spent 2 hours here and didn't want to leave. Also, if you show your ticket at the Hub café it gets you a discount on food. Do it before you order.
  • It is an interesting place for both kids as well as adults. Many amusing optical illusions in each floor. The roof top offers marvelous view of the city, with the castle standing magnificently in a distance. With a hand stamp on admission, we can actually leave this place and come back within a day.
  • Love it, kept my 4kids entertained from my 13 year old girl to my 1year old lad. Would gladly go back well worth the money and your ticket lasts all day so you can go for a wander down the high street, get some lunch etc then return to camera obscura. All the staff were friendly and welcoming. I would definitely visit again, a great family day out.

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