Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Open every day. We are Edinburgh's oldest attraction and have been amazing visitors with a combination of over 100 optical illusions and breath-taking rooftop views for 175 years!
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VisitScotland rated 5 star and Good to Go certified. Visit Camera Obscura and World of Illusions where seeing is not believing! Britain's most fun attraction and fun for all ages. With five floors and over 100 interactive, hands-on exhibits, we have something to entertain all ages. Tour Edinburghโ€™s streets without moving. Test your brain against mind-bending illusions. Take spectacular city scape

VisitScotland rated 5 star and Good to Go certified. Visit Camera Obscura and World of Illusions where seeing is not believing! Britain's most fun attraction and fun for all ages. With five floors and over 100 interactive, hands-on exhibits, we have something to entertain all ages. Tour Edinburghโ€™s streets without moving. Test your brain against mind-bending illusions. Take spectacular city scape

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Summer is still here in Edinburgh โ˜€๏ธ Today on the Royal Mile ๐Ÿ˜Š
07/09/2021

Summer is still here in Edinburgh โ˜€๏ธ Today on the Royal Mile ๐Ÿ˜Š

Summer is still here in Edinburgh โ˜€๏ธ Today on the Royal Mile ๐Ÿ˜Š

If you haven't visited us yet...could you guess the illusion? ๐Ÿคซ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ‘€
06/09/2021

If you haven't visited us yet...could you guess the illusion? ๐Ÿคซ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ‘€

If you haven't visited us yet...could you guess the illusion? ๐Ÿคซ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ‘€

Now you see it...now you don't ๐Ÿ‘€ We couldn't mist this opportunity ๐Ÿ˜œ #Edinburgh #illusions
04/09/2021

Now you see it...now you don't ๐Ÿ‘€ We couldn't mist this opportunity ๐Ÿ˜œ #Edinburgh #illusions

Now you see it...now you don't ๐Ÿ‘€ We couldn't mist this opportunity ๐Ÿ˜œ #Edinburgh #illusions

03/09/2021
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Parade

Just your average day on the Royal Mileโ€ฆthere is always something to see!

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards march down the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle with pipes and drums to celebrate their 50th anniversary ๐Ÿฅ

Reaching for the weekend...Happy Friday๐ŸŽ‰ Could YOU handle the spinning sensation from the Vortex Tunnel ๐Ÿ™ˆ? Tag a friend ...
03/09/2021

Reaching for the weekend...Happy Friday๐ŸŽ‰

Could YOU handle the spinning sensation from the Vortex Tunnel ๐Ÿ™ˆ? Tag a friend who'd love to try this with you ๐Ÿ’™

Reaching for the weekend...Happy Friday๐ŸŽ‰

Could YOU handle the spinning sensation from the Vortex Tunnel ๐Ÿ™ˆ? Tag a friend who'd love to try this with you ๐Ÿ’™

We ๐Ÿ’™ dogs! Did you know we are a dog-friendly attraction? Check out this cutie enjoying the views yesterday from our roo...
02/09/2021

We ๐Ÿ’™ dogs! Did you know we are a dog-friendly attraction? Check out this cutie enjoying the views yesterday from our rooftop ๐Ÿ˜Š

Happy September! The sun is shining for us today on the Rooftop โ˜€๏ธ
01/09/2021

Happy September! The sun is shining for us today on the Rooftop โ˜€๏ธ

Happy September! The sun is shining for us today on the Rooftop โ˜€๏ธ

Because nothing says Monday like a good old debate ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘‡What animal do you see? A black crow or a winking cat? ๐Ÿง #illusions
30/08/2021

Because nothing says Monday like a good old debate ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘‡

What animal do you see? A black crow or a winking cat? ๐Ÿง #illusions

Because nothing says Monday like a good old debate ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘‡

What animal do you see? A black crow or a winking cat? ๐Ÿง #illusions

Settle this debate - What colours are the flip flops? ๐Ÿคฏ
28/08/2021

Settle this debate - What colours are the flip flops? ๐Ÿคฏ

Settle this debate - What colours are the flip flops? ๐Ÿคฏ

Head over to Holiday Inn Edinburgh page and follow the instructions for your chance to win this fantastic bundl...
27/08/2021

Head over to Holiday Inn Edinburgh page and follow the instructions for your chance to win this fantastic bundle of prizes ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘‡

โ€ข Stay, wine & dine at Holiday Inn Edinburgh ๐Ÿจ
โ€ข Entry tickets Camera Obscura and World of Illusions ๐ŸŒ€
โ€ข Gold Tour tickets The Scotch Whisky Experience๐Ÿฅƒ
โ€ข Edinburgh Bus Tours Grand24 tickets
โ€ข Lothian Bus Day Tickets ๐ŸšŒ

๐Ÿฐ ๏ผฅ๏ผค๏ผฉ๏ผฎ๏ผข๏ผต๏ผฒ๏ผง๏ผจใ€€๏ผง๏ผฉ๏ผถ๏ผฅ๏ผก๏ผท๏ผก๏ผน ๐Ÿ’š

๐—›๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜†, ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ, ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ & ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐Ÿ“ฆ

In celebration ๐ŸŽ‰ of our recent refurbishment, we teamed up with the best attractions in town and are giving you the chance to win an unforgettable weekend getaway package for 2 in the most vibrant, charming and romantic city in the UK !

โ€ขStay, wine & dine at Holiday Inn Edinburgh ๐Ÿจ
โ€ขEntry tickets Camera Obscura and World of Illusions ๐ŸŒ€
โ€ขGold Tour tickets The Scotch Whisky Experience๐Ÿฅƒ
โ€ข Edinburgh Bus ToursGrand24 tickets
& Lothian Buses day tickets ๐ŸšŒ

To enter:
1. Show us some love .. react with a โค๏ธ to this post
2. Spread the word ! - share the post
3. Tag in comments who youโ€™d bring with you ๐Ÿซ‚
*multiple comments = multiple entries !
4. Make sure you follow all organisations involved on Facebook

Winner will be chosen on Friday 1st October @4pm live on our page

๐‘‡&๐ถโ€™๐‘  :
๐‘ƒ๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ง๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘ฃ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘–๐‘‘ ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘™ 31/05/22 ๐‘“๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘š ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ ๐‘’ ๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘ ๐‘ข๐‘๐‘—๐‘’๐‘๐‘ก ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘”๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘  ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ฃ๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘Ž๐‘–๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘–๐‘™๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ฆ. ๐ป๐‘œ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘™ ๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘›๐‘›๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘˜๐‘Ž๐‘”๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘๐‘™๐‘ข๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘Ž ยฃ25 ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘œ๐‘›.๐‘‚๐‘›๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘”๐‘–๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ ๐‘ก ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘› ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘ก. ๐ด๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘š๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘™๐‘™ ๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘โ„Ž๐‘’๐‘๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘›๐‘›๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘“๐‘–๐‘’๐‘‘

Good luck !๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ

We love the Edinburgh Fringe ๐Ÿ’™This morning, we had some lovely aliens visit us from Edinburgh Fringe show We Came To Dan...
26/08/2021

We love the Edinburgh Fringe ๐Ÿ’™

This morning, we had some lovely aliens visit us from Edinburgh Fringe show We Came To Dance ๐Ÿ˜Š They got some fab images exploring our Giant Kaleidosphere, Mirror Maze and Vortex Tunnel!

Did you know our Giant Kaleidosphere uses mirrors and lights to create continually changing patterns and shapes? โœจ

Who visited the beach this summer? We'd love to see your fun photos. ๐Ÿ–๐ŸŒž
25/08/2021

Who visited the beach this summer? We'd love to see your fun photos. ๐Ÿ–๐ŸŒž

Who visited the beach this summer? We'd love to see your fun photos. ๐Ÿ–๐ŸŒž

How it started...How it's going ๐Ÿ˜€ #tuesdayvibe
24/08/2021

How it started...How it's going ๐Ÿ˜€ #tuesdayvibe

How it started...How it's going ๐Ÿ˜€ #tuesdayvibe

Have you discovered the awesome morphing perspective art from artist Sergi Cadenas? As you move around the painting the ...
23/08/2021

Have you discovered the awesome morphing perspective art from artist Sergi Cadenas? As you move around the painting the portraits age. We could be amazed by these paintings all day! See it in action on YouTube https://youtu.be/4fsqLqrsuu4

Have you discovered the awesome morphing perspective art from artist Sergi Cadenas? As you move around the painting the portraits age. We could be amazed by these paintings all day! See it in action on YouTube https://youtu.be/4fsqLqrsuu4

It's #SundayFunday and we want you to tell us, what do you see?#opticalillusion #fun #mindtricks #illusions #sundaymood ...
22/08/2021

It's #SundayFunday and we want you to tell us, what do you see?

#opticalillusion #fun #mindtricks #illusions #sundaymood #sillysunday #weekend #weekendvibes #weekendgetaway #cardoororbeach

It's #SundayFunday and we want you to tell us, what do you see?

#opticalillusion #fun #mindtricks #illusions #sundaymood #sillysunday #weekend #weekendvibes #weekendgetaway #cardoororbeach

#WorldHoneyBeeDay has got us buzzing!Can you find the honey bee among the flowers? ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ#honeybee #honey #bee #bees #savet...
21/08/2021

#WorldHoneyBeeDay has got us buzzing!
Can you find the honey bee among the flowers? ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ

#honeybee #honey #bee #bees #savethebees #honeybees #nature

#WorldHoneyBeeDay has got us buzzing!
Can you find the honey bee among the flowers? ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ

#honeybee #honey #bee #bees #savethebees #honeybees #nature

You can be sure that we'll stretch your mind as well as your head! ๐Ÿ˜ www.camera-obscura.co.uk #FridayFeeling
19/08/2021

You can be sure that we'll stretch your mind as well as your head! ๐Ÿ˜ www.camera-obscura.co.uk

#FridayFeeling

You can be sure that we'll stretch your mind as well as your head! ๐Ÿ˜ www.camera-obscura.co.uk

#FridayFeeling

Whether you are enjoying the last few weeks of the school holidays or are getting ready to return, we've got some fun ac...
19/08/2021
* NEW * Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Activity Pack

Whether you are enjoying the last few weeks of the school holidays or are getting ready to return, we've got some fun activity packs all about Camera Obscura you can download for free! Working with our friends at Twinkl Scotland you can download various activities to keep little ones entertained. https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/camera-obscura-world-of-illusions-activity-pack-cfe-d-72

Are you holidaying at home this summer? Then have fun exploring our fantastic Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Activity Pack! This resource pack is full of boredom busting activities that are sure to excite and engage your little ones.Weโ€™ve created this activity pack in partnership with Edi...

Are we going kookoo or is this Kookaburra actually a goat?! Can YOU spot it?? Once you see it, you won't believe your ey...
18/08/2021

Are we going kookoo or is this Kookaburra actually a goat?! Can YOU spot it?? Once you see it, you won't believe your eyes. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜

This photograph by Australian photographer David Hill went viral after discovering the mind-boggling optical illusion.

Are we going kookoo or is this Kookaburra actually a goat?! Can YOU spot it?? Once you see it, you won't believe your eyes. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜

This photograph by Australian photographer David Hill went viral after discovering the mind-boggling optical illusion.

Itโ€™s such a gloriously sunny day, making our rooftop views even more spectacular! #tuesdayvibe
17/08/2021

Itโ€™s such a gloriously sunny day, making our rooftop views even more spectacular! #tuesdayvibe

Itโ€™s such a gloriously sunny day, making our rooftop views even more spectacular! #tuesdayvibe

Did you know there is a Best Illusion of the Year contest? Here is the winning entry for 2020, 3D Schrรถder Staircase, by...
16/08/2021
3D Schrรถder Staircase

Did you know there is a Best Illusion of the Year contest? Here is the winning entry for 2020, 3D Schrรถder Staircase, by Kokichi Sugihara. Each end of the staircase is actually the same height! See it in action on YouTube here https://youtu.be/5DYeAkx2IBo

Best Illusion of the Year Contest - 2020 Title: 3D Schrรถder StaircaseAuthor: Kokichi Sugihara Country: Japan

It may be a snoozy Sunday but let's get those brains awake for the day! Would you believe us if we said there is no oran...
15/08/2021

It may be a snoozy Sunday but let's get those brains awake for the day! Would you believe us if we said there is no orange or purple in the image below... Can you name the colour of the spiral?? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคจ #OpticalIllusion

It may be a snoozy Sunday but let's get those brains awake for the day! Would you believe us if we said there is no orange or purple in the image below... Can you name the colour of the spiral?? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคจ #OpticalIllusion

โœจ New job opportunity alert! โœจFancy taking on a new challenge? Become one of our fantastic guides at Camera Obscura & Wo...
14/08/2021

โœจ New job opportunity alert! โœจ

Fancy taking on a new challenge? Become one of our fantastic guides at Camera Obscura & World of Illusions. Take a peek at our website and apply today!

โžก๏ธ www.camera-obscura.co.uk/careers

โœจ New job opportunity alert! โœจ

Fancy taking on a new challenge? Become one of our fantastic guides at Camera Obscura & World of Illusions. Take a peek at our website and apply today!

โžก๏ธ www.camera-obscura.co.uk/careers

Quackers how veg grows these days! ๐Ÿค #WildWednesday
11/08/2021

Quackers how veg grows these days! ๐Ÿค #WildWednesday

Quackers how veg grows these days! ๐Ÿค #WildWednesday

As far as the eye (or binoculars) can see. We've got pretty impressive views! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #ForeverEdinburgh
10/08/2021

As far as the eye (or binoculars) can see. We've got pretty impressive views! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #ForeverEdinburgh

As far as the eye (or binoculars) can see. We've got pretty impressive views! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #ForeverEdinburgh

Can you spot the cat in the photo? Bet it takes you longer than 20 seconds! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿฑ #InternationalCatDay
08/08/2021

Can you spot the cat in the photo? Bet it takes you longer than 20 seconds! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿฑ #InternationalCatDay

Can you spot the cat in the photo? Bet it takes you longer than 20 seconds! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿฑ #InternationalCatDay

We are SOLD OUT this weekend! If you are planning to visit us, please pre-book your tickets to avoid disappointment. All...
07/08/2021

We are SOLD OUT this weekend! If you are planning to visit us, please pre-book your tickets to avoid disappointment. All of our availability can be found on our website ๐Ÿ’™โžก๏ธ www.camera-obscura.co.uk/book-tickets

We are SOLD OUT this weekend! If you are planning to visit us, please pre-book your tickets to avoid disappointment. All of our availability can be found on our website ๐Ÿ’™โžก๏ธ www.camera-obscura.co.uk/book-tickets

Good morning! What a glorious day on the Mile ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’™
04/08/2021

Good morning! What a glorious day on the Mile ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’™

Good morning! What a glorious day on the Mile ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’™

Happy Monday, Everyone! Let's kick off this week with a magic eye. What do you see? ๐Ÿ‘€
02/08/2021

Happy Monday, Everyone! Let's kick off this week with a magic eye. What do you see? ๐Ÿ‘€

Happy Monday, Everyone! Let's kick off this week with a magic eye. What do you see? ๐Ÿ‘€

The illusions of dating - you know we had to share it! Can you spot the two classic illusions? ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ“ท by the cartoonist at T...
01/08/2021

The illusions of dating - you know we had to share it! Can you spot the two classic illusions? ๐Ÿ˜„

๐Ÿ“ท by the cartoonist at The New Yorker, @naviedm on Instagram

The illusions of dating - you know we had to share it! Can you spot the two classic illusions? ๐Ÿ˜„

๐Ÿ“ท by the cartoonist at The New Yorker, @naviedm on Instagram

Address

Castlehill, The Royal Mile
Edinburgh
EH1 2ND

Opening Hours

Monday 9:30am - 8pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 10pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 10pm
Thursday 9:30am - 10pm
Saturday 9am - 10pm

Telephone

0131 226 3709

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Camera Obscura & World of Illusions

Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is the oldest visitor attraction in Edinburgh. Based the Old Town area, on the Castlehill section of the Royal Mile itโ€™s close to Edinburgh Castle. Founded by entrepreneur Maria Theresa Short in 1835 and a key site in Patrick Geddesโ€™s development of regional planning. This visitor attraction is now home to over 100 interactive exhibits, including the original Camera Obscura, and is based over five floors including a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Edinburgh.

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My son 3d printed me a lampshade with Edinburgh Castle on it. I knew I needed a colour change lightbulb to remind me of the Camera Obscura lighting. I upgraded to a glass lamp base today, and it reflects the colours nicely. I love it. I hope to be able to come home to visit Edinburgh soon.
How long do you recommend it takes to complete this attraction please?
Camera Obscura, Edinburgh (taken before Christmas).
Taken on a visit to the camera obscura
Are you reopen til August โ“๐Ÿ˜Š
We went twice and was a definite highlight of a trip to Edinburgh! Sounds odd, but still thinking about the amazingness! :D Lovely staff too. Thank you !
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We all had such a fantastic time enjoying this place! We lost our youngest guy and the staff was so kind, helpful and comforting to him until we were reunited! Also, the guy working the 6th floor took time to show us and explain the room with the periscope! The entire staff was awesome!
Brilliant Attraction. Can recommend it .
These are long exposure photos I took today 08/02/2020. I took these on the fibre optic wall feature.
In Paris now...