Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2ND
  • Telephone 0131 226 3709
  • Opening times Mon–Thu 10am–7pm; Fri 10am–9pm; Sat & Sun 9.30am–9pm.
  • Seasonal times 1–31 Aug 9am–9pm; 1 Sep–15 Oct 10am–7pm.
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Covid-19 precautions

Social distancing markings
Timed ticketed entry
Limited capacity
Hand sanitiser available throughout
Rigorous cleaning regime
Staff wearing face coverings
Last updated: 14 October 2020

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

The eye-catching Camera Obscura building stands at the top of the Royal Mile and contains an amazing range of optical experiences across five floors. The 'camera' itself is a giant Victorian periscope offering an interesting 360° perspective on Edinburgh. The show happens every 15 minutes and your ticket tells you when to sit in to the fun, informative and interactive talk about the city. But checking out the major attractions while sitting in a completely dark room is just the start. This truly exciting visitor centre offers mind-blowing rooms and illusions such as the Mirror Maze, the Ames Room and the fabulous, vertigo-inducing Vortex Tunnel. Eye- and mind-twisting fun for adults and kids.

Experience and take part in over 100 illusions as well as a breath of fresh air on our magnificent Rooftop Terrace, which offers the most spectacular 360 degree views of Edinburgh. At Camera Obscura & World of Illusions, experience five floors of interactive hands-on optical illusions, tricks and fun things to do including vortex tunnel, mirror maze and shrinking room. Fully safe, ‘Good to Go’ certified and have all the necessary (and more!) health guidelines in place to make your visit the most enjoyable ever! Get involved, play, touch everything. Great fun for all ages and nationalities, whatever the weather. Scotland’s oldest purpose-built attraction, established in 1853. Unique money back guarantee if not fully satisfied. Free Wi-Fi. Bring your camera - lots of photo opportunities throughout. Allow about 2 hours. Please note the attraction is located in a listed 17th Century building over 5 floors without a lift. Open every day, open late on holidays.

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