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The Puzzling Place, Portinscale

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The Puzzling Place is exactly what its name suggests: a puzzling house of brain-twisting decor. Test your alacrity with the puzzles in the puzzle area at the top of the stairs and throughout the shop; both are free to enter. A small entrance fee will get you into the main attraction, the World of Illusion, which contains an "anti-gravity" room, a hologram gallery, and the "Eyelusions" exhibit. Be forewarned: The reality-bending exhibits might leave you reeling with laughter and dizziness. Arrange your visit to The Puzzling Place and discover more family-friendly attractions in Portinscale using our Portinscale online travel planner.
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  • It was great fun and wonderful value for money! Some of the exhibits are a little tired but very serviceable, only 1 was out of use due to being a casualty of covid. It was £4.50 each and we were in....  more
    It was great fun and wonderful value for money! Some of the exhibits are a little tired but very serviceable, only 1 was out of use due to being a casualty of covid. It was £4.50 each and we were in....  more »
  • Very well organised and planed route to follow your way around, with warnings where needed, and guidance tips to help. loved it and would like to return again. 
    Very well organised and planed route to follow your way around, with warnings where needed, and guidance tips to help. loved it and would like to return again.  more »
  • Good value for the size and duration of the attraction. We spent about 45 - 60 mins inside. There are some fantastic and quite unbelievable experiments/exhibits and it was great fun doing the... 
    Good value for the size and duration of the attraction. We spent about 45 - 60 mins inside. There are some fantastic and quite unbelievable experiments/exhibits and it was great fun doing the...  more »
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  • Smashing place. No need to queue we arrived at 1.30 on a Wednesday during school holidays. We stayed a couple of hours. Kids absolutely loved it. Kids are 11 and 10. Puzzling and interesting illusions (adults enjoyed too). You could buy tickets in advance but we paid on the day. Good price for the amount of fun we had. Top tip ..go round twice as we missed quite a bit on first way around. Warning you exit through shop. The kids loved taking photos of illusions and chatted about the place on way home. It cost £15.00 for a family ticket. No toilet though!
  • Very interesting and thought provoking, the photo opportunities with the "strange rooms", made it so much fun. The puzzles and tricks on the eyes are really good, it is fun, it is quirky, it is worth doing. Its just a bit small, and that's the only reason I've not given it 5 stars
  • Smaller than we had hoped, and not enough space to enjoy all the illusions unimpeded due to other visitors looking at adjacent displays. That said, the anti-gravity room is really cool and the entry price is reasonable. Booking online in advance is highly recommended.
  • Fun place to visit for all family. I would better for the older/taller children as some over the illusions require some height. other than that was a mix of being very frustrated and also impressed. The frustration comes from how these simple things and play such tricks on your mind. definitely worth a trip if your in to that sort of thing.
  • A fantastic place, which felt like a hidden gem! Only heard about it from a mention on QI, which was random! The kids loved the room set ups, especially the tilted one! It was brilliant to have the explanations of why the illusions worked. There are no toilets or food, and they are up a flight of stairs.

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