Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Edinburgh

For a weirdly wonderful and unique view of Edinburgh, head to Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. The camera obscura itself sits in the roof and features a set of mirrors and lenses that project moving images of the city onto a screen. You'll be able to pick up projected pedestrians in your hands and redirect traffic over paper bridges. The guide narrates an entertaining history of Edinburgh while you experiment. Throughout the rest of the building, you can observe and play with all sorts of other optical tricks. Your entrance fee enables you to come and go as you want throughout the day, and you can return the next day for free if there more exhibits you want to see. Put Camera Obscura and World of Illusions and other Edinburgh attractions into our Edinburgh trip itinerary planning site , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • A great way to spend an afternoon in Edinburgh. Lots to see & do. We especially enjoyed the mirrored room & the camera obscura.  more »
  • I was slightly skeptical but was pleasantly surprised at how well organised the place is. Lots of fun activities.  more »
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  • Fantastic attraction. All the kids and adults in our group loved it. There are lots of hands-on exhibits and opportunities for fun photos. Once you have paid for tickets they stamp your hand so you can leave the building and return later. There are 5 floors but no lift so not suitable for wheelchairs unfortunately.
  • Awesome place to visit for two hours. Especially the kids will love it. Every floor is focused on different illusions. The show at the top is great and even though we were there before closing the staff was still friendly and energetic. Just the price is a little high, 10L would be more reasonable.
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