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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  • After a full morning at the castle, a bit of fun and silliness was perfect for the afternoon. We went for my daughter (13) but I enjoyed it every bit as much as she did! The holograms and illusions ar...  more »
  • We liked this place. Well worth a visit!! A big variety of tricks, illusions, interesting stuff. Also educational...  more »
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  • Loved visiting camera obscura during our stay in Edinburgh. I was astonished to see different types of illusions they have at all three floors. It was a great experience and a must visit when you're in Edinburgh. It shouldn't take more than an hr (depends on your energy level) to visit all floors. I particularly enjoyed their mirror room.
  • I'm 28, going on 29... and this place still made me happy and extremely satisfied. I had fun like little kids! So much fun things to see and do there. I was alone so you might need some help from others to take your pictures while you are there :) Top floor has a very nice rooftop view of beautiful Edinburgh. If you are in town, this place is a must! 2 hours will be plenty enough.
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