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Edinburgh: Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Ticket

Edinburgh: Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Ticket

From US$ 22.24 per person

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
Full description
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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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Smoking

    Know before you go

    • For entry from 1st November 2021, the Camera Obscura show will once again be available
    • Included in your ticket will either be a full guided Camera Obscura show or, after sunset or in poor weather, a brief guided demonstration of the Camera Obscura
    • 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
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 1098 reviews

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    Excellent experience enjoyed by everyone in our party from little kids to octogenarians! If you haven’t been to an optical illusions attraction before this will blow you away. If you have there will be some things you haven’t seen before and the classics are well executed and enjoyable. Lots of stairs (obviously) and no lift only downside.

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    October 17, 2021

    I was really looking forward to this, and it exceeded every expectation I had. Floor after floor of hands on exhibits, art and science. We spent a very happy couple of hours (party of 4) including the gifts hop and standing out looking over Edinburgh. I don't think there's a better view from anywhere. In these Covid times the staff were excellent, attentive to what was going on, making sure everyone got a fair crack, all with a smile. I couldn't recommend this highly enough - just go!

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    September 29, 2021

    My partner and I have never been to a place like this so it was really interesting! There’s different mirrors, tools and illusions to explore. The only negative for us was that the staff didn’t stagger people coming in, which made every room feel very busy and made you feel as though you had to rush to allow the next people to look, which I would have thought during covid times would be more so! However, the overall experience was good and a great way to have a bit of fun and kill time. The view at the top is amazing!

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    September 26, 2021

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