Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2ND
  • Telephone 0131 226 3709
  • Opening times Jul 1–Aug 31: daily 9am–9pm; Sep 1–Oct 31: Mon–Thu 9.30am–7pm; Fri–Sun 9.30am–8pm; Nov 1–Mar 31: Mon–Thu 10am–6pm; Fri–Sun 10am–7pm; Apr 1–Jun 30: Mon–Thu 9.30am–7pm; Fri–Sun 9.30am–8pm.
  • Seasonal times Closed Dec 25.
  • Admission £13.95 (£11.95; children £9.95).
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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, but in truth it's not as mind-blowing as attractions such as the Mirror Maze, the Ames Room and the fabulous, vertigo-inducing Vortex Tunnel. Eye-twisting fun for adults and kids.

  • Provides: Free wi-fi

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Teeny Tiny Toddler Fest

Five floors of interactive exhibits, workshops and play-stations with hands-on fun. Toddlers and their families can play with fishy coloured shadows, swim without getting wet and explore the ocean at this under-the-sea themed exhibition. Booking is essential.

Thu 19 Jan

£14.50 (£12.50; Children £10.50; under 5s free) / 0131 226 3709

Fri 20 Jan

£14.50 (£12.50; Children £10.50; under 5s free) / 0131 226 3709

Sat 21 Jan

£14.50 (£12.50; Children £10.50; under 5s free) / 0131 226 3709

Sun 22 Jan

£14.50 (£12.50; Children £10.50; under 5s free) / 0131 226 3709

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