Edinburgh: Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Ticket

Edinburgh: Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Ticket

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Enjoy a visit filled with surprises as you explore over 100 interactive, hands-on illusions. Head up to the rooftop terrace for the best views in Edinburgh over the city, and discover the Victorian Camera Obscura.

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  • Venture through 5 floors of amazing illusions
  • Get hands-on with over 100 interactive exhibits
  • Discover breathtaking rooftop views of Edinburgh
  • Be amazed by the Victorian Camera Obscura
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As you weave your way through the World of Illusions, remember nothing is as it seems. Venture through 5 floors jam-packed with over 100 illusions. Start at the rooftop terrace and enjoy 360-degree views of Edinburgh. Get closer to the sights using the range of telescopes and binoculars. Then join your guide inside the Victorian rooftop chamber to see Edinburgh as never before. Discover the Camera Obscura, a live moving image of Edinburgh projected through a periscope, while listening to a fascinating account of the city’s history. Make your way down through 5 floors of interactive displays and clever illusions. Discover a swirling light vortex, a maze of mirrors, get the chance to swap noses with a friend, see yourself grow, shrink and stretch, and mess with your mind with brilliant visual effects. 
  • Admission ticket to Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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      The attraction is located at Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND.

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      Know before you go

      • Due to ongoing COVID-19 preventative measures, demonstrations of the Camera Obscura are currently suspended
      • Please note, the Camera Obscura show has limited capacity and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment
      • Please note, the last Camera Obscura show of the day starts 30 minutes before sunset; if you book an evening entry, you will not receive a Camera Obscura show
      • Please note that the Camera Obscura show is weather dependent, and so cannot be guaranteed
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      4.6 /5

      based on 738 reviews

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      It was really fun, I thought there would be more interactive activities but it was more like you walk around and look at illusions on the wall. The mirror maze was slightly disappointing because it was short. Overall it was good, I had a lot of fun just not exactly what I expected but that’s okay!

      July 27, 2021

      Very cool museum experience with fun interactive mind games and puzzles. Rating 4 stars as the actual camera obscura was closed due to covid, and the groupings of people per time slot were too large. We personally felt very cramped in some of the rooms/exhibits as there were over 10 people right beside us in each section and we felt it could have been spaced better to only allow 4-5 people in each room at a time.

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      June 22, 2021

      We visited and really had a great time. The social distancing measures in place helped to let us have time to enjoy each and every exhibit. Each floor held a different theme and all were very enjoyable. The kids really enjoyed the security cameras and spying on passer's by and the rooftop was great for spotting hidden gems around Edinburgh. Would definitely visit again.

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      June 7, 2021

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