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 Edinburgh’s streets without moving. Test your brain against mind-bending illusions. Take spectacular city scape photographs from our Rooftop Terrace. It’s all part of the Camera Obscura & World of Illusions experience. You'll need at least two hours to discover it all! A swirling light vortex; a maze of mirrors; a chance to swap noses with a friend; see yourself grow, shrink and stretch; play eye-spy with our city viewcams; and mess with your mind with brilliant visual effects. Situated just a stone’s throw from Edinburgh Castle, at the top of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, come and discover the first ever purpose built visitor attraction in Edinburgh, in operation since 1853, and see history and modern marvels together under one roof. Feel free to leave us a message...we want to hear from you!

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A visit with a view, a huge thank you to VisitScotland for including us in your top picks of Scotland's most amazing Roo...
02/11/2020

A visit with a view, a huge thank you to VisitScotland for including us in your top picks of Scotland's most amazing Rooftop and Skyline views. Have you captured the spectacular skyline from our Rooftop? We would love to see your photos! πŸ˜πŸ“Έ

Check it out where else made the cut! www.visitscotland.com/blog/city-breaks/city-rooftop-views/

#ForeverEdinburgh #Staycation #View #Photography

From rumbles of belly laughs through the Vortex Tunnel to the dazzling 360 Rooftop views of Edinburgh's cityscape, there...
01/11/2020

From rumbles of belly laughs through the Vortex Tunnel to the dazzling 360 Rooftop views of Edinburgh's cityscape, there really is something to capture the minds of all ages in the World of Illusions. But why take our word for it? Check out our TripAdvisor reviews! πŸ˜‰

Check out our TripAdvisor ➑️ https://bit.ly/3dlANeL

Happy #Halloween! What a boootiful day for an illusion, do you think these fabulous food pics are a trick or a treat? πŸ˜‰ ...
31/10/2020

Happy #Halloween! What a boootiful day for an illusion, do you think these fabulous food pics are a trick or a treat? πŸ˜‰

Let us know down below! πŸ¨πŸ”πŸŽƒ

Who needs Halloween decorations when you got 167 years worth of cobwebs! Check out the hidden hideaway spot we discovere...
30/10/2020

Who needs Halloween decorations when you got 167 years worth of cobwebs! Check out the hidden hideaway spot we discovered in the Camera Obscura tower. It's got quite the view of Edinburgh Castle! πŸ•ΈπŸ•·πŸ˜

#HiddenHistory #Edinburgh #CameraObscura

29/10/2020

Scarily good fun for all the family! πŸ‘»

Halloween is just around the corner, and we know it looks a little different this year. So if you're planning a visit to us tomorrow or Saturday, please don't hesitate to dress up, we would love to see your costumes! πŸ₯°

28/10/2020

So good, you'll lose your head! Can you handle the mind-boggling fun? πŸ€ͺ

Give 'em pumpkin to talk about. Tell us are the pumpkins moving for you?? πŸŽƒImage created by the talented visual illusion...
28/10/2020

Give 'em pumpkin to talk about. Tell us are the pumpkins moving for you?? πŸŽƒ

Image created by the talented visual illusionist, Akiyoshi Kitaoka.

#Halloween #OpticalIllusion #WednesdayWonder

For catching rainbows at sunset, our Rooftop will forever be a perfect photo spot πŸ’™πŸŒˆπŸ“Έ Taken by our wonderful guide, Javi...
27/10/2020

For catching rainbows at sunset, our Rooftop will forever be a perfect photo spot πŸ’™πŸŒˆ

πŸ“Έ Taken by our wonderful guide, Javier.

#ForeverEdinburgh #Rainbows #photography

26/10/2020

Light it up πŸ’œ We're open late and look in pretty in purple!

#Edinburgh #FunAfterHours #ForeverEdinburgh

Time may be an illusion in 2020, but did you realise the clocks went back an hour last night? Enjoy that extra hour in b...
25/10/2020

Time may be an illusion in 2020, but did you realise the clocks went back an hour last night? Enjoy that extra hour in bed and ponder if this clock is actually moving! ☺️

24/10/2020

Are you bored at home? Wanting to find an activity filled with wonder and laughter - that the kids, adults and even grown-ups can enjoy together?

Leave the stresses of real life behind for a couple of hours and come explore our World of Illusions, our five floors of fun are waiting for you!

Book online now 🀩 www.camera-obscura.co.uk/book-tickets
#GoodToGo Certified βœ…
We're open every day until late! πŸ™Œ

#SafetyFirstFunAlways #ForeverEdinburgh #ThingsToDo

One year ago today, our story of Bal broke around the world. The journey of how her serendipitous photo in our Thermal C...
22/10/2020

One year ago today, our story of Bal broke around the world. The journey of how her serendipitous photo in our Thermal Camera led to her breast cancer diagnosis, captured the hearts of people across the globe.

Looking back at Bal's story through the lens of 2020, it is a reminder, now more than ever, we need to continue to check in on our bodies. Please, keep doing regular self-exams at home and if you notice any changes or are concerned don't hesitate to talk with your doctor.

To read Bal's incredible story in full go to www.camera-obscura.co.uk/news/article/life-changing-discovery-for-visitor-at-camera-obscura.

#BreastCancerAwarenessMonth #TBT #LifeChanging #ThermalImaging #GoodNews

Morning from the Royal Mile! We're open bright and early. Ready to start the day! πŸ€—
21/10/2020

Morning from the Royal Mile! We're open bright and early. Ready to start the day! πŸ€—

20/10/2020
#EdinburghEats

Figuring out what's open and where to eat is a little confusing right now, so to make it a little easier to #EatOutToHelpOut. We've started putting together some local gems you should hit up when the hunger hits you! If you have any favourites that we've missed, please let us know in the comments below.πŸ’™

Be sure to check them all out and show them some love! πŸ‘‡

Scotts Kitchen Bross Bagels Hula Juice Cafe Lovecrumbs Oink Edinburgh

#EdinburghEats #LocalLove #ForeverEdinburgh

19/10/2020

We're open late! Our five floors of fun are ready to explore in the World of Illusions. Check out our availability online now! 🀩

www.camera-obscura.co.uk

#ThingsToDo #ForeverEdinburgh #OpenLate #FunAfterFive

A Sunday fun fact for you, Ricky Wilson is a big fan of our World of Illusions and has surprisingly hot knees according ...
18/10/2020

A Sunday fun fact for you, Ricky Wilson is a big fan of our World of Illusions and has surprisingly hot knees according to our Thermal Camera! So we obviously had to invite him into our giant kaleidosphere for a pic on his last visit. πŸ˜πŸ’™

Are you looking for a fun activity during the October holiday? Well, our wacky and wonderful optical illusions are await...
17/10/2020

Are you looking for a fun activity during the October holiday? Well, our wacky and wonderful optical illusions are awaiting to dazzle the minds of the whole family 🀩

Book Now βœ… www.camera-obscura.co.uk

#GoodToGo #HameTownTourist #ForeverEdinburgh

Rolling into the October holidays with a simple question, yet very important to know when planning a day trip! What's th...
16/10/2020

Rolling into the October holidays with a simple question, yet very important to know when planning a day trip! What's the nearest car park? πŸ€”πŸš—

If you're visiting us at the top of the Royal mile, it would be the NCP car park at Castle Terrace. It's a short 10-minute walk away, and with your Camera Obscura ticket, you can get a discount parking ticket at our front desk which gives up to 5 hours parking for Β£10.00!

Find out more ➑️ www.ncp.co.uk/find-a-car-park/car-parks/edinburgh-castle-terrace

Book your tickets now! πŸ”΅ www.camera-obscura.co.uk

#Edinburgh #ThingsToDo #OctoberHolidays

Going since 1853 baby! 😘 Have you visited the Camera Obscura in the last 167 years? If so, tell us when in the comments ...
15/10/2020

Going since 1853 baby! 😘 Have you visited the Camera Obscura in the last 167 years? If so, tell us when in the comments below!

#ForeverEdinburgh

Is there anything sweeter on #NationalDessertDay than an ice cream wonderland? London based photographer, Carl Warner, c...
14/10/2020

Is there anything sweeter on #NationalDessertDay than an ice cream wonderland? London based photographer, Carl Warner, creates incredible realistic landscapes with food. What dessert will you have tonight? We think some Mary's Milk Bar is on the cards! 😍

#foreveredinburgh #opticalillusion #icecream

Of course, the October holidays in Scotland would bring oot the rain. Looking for a recommendation of what to do? Check ...
12/10/2020

Of course, the October holidays in Scotland would bring oot the rain. Looking for a recommendation of what to do? Check out our glowing TripAdvisor reviews if you need persuading to explore the World of Illusions! This one might be one of our favourites. 😍

Check out our TripAdvisor ➑️ https://bit.ly/3dlANeL
Book online now πŸ”΅ www.camera-obscura.co.uk/

#ThingsToDo #Edinburgh #DayOutWithTheKids

We are open! πŸ™Œ Our time slots are filling up fast for this weekend. If you are looking to pay a visit to us, we highly r...
10/10/2020

We are open! πŸ™Œ Our time slots are filling up fast for this weekend. If you are looking to pay a visit to us, we highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment ➑️ www.camera-obscura.co.uk/book-tickets

#GoodToGo #ForeverEdinburgh

*Update*Thankfully, we finally have, our emails back up and running! Please, bear with us while we make our way through ...
09/10/2020

*Update*
Thankfully, we finally have, our emails back up and running! Please, bear with us while we make our way through them. If you need to contact us please use one of the following options!

πŸ“ž Call us on 01312263709
πŸ’¬ DM us on social media
πŸ’Œ Email us at [email protected]

We're currently experiencing some technical difficulties with our emails, but don't worry, we're working on getting it f...
08/10/2020

We're currently experiencing some technical difficulties with our emails, but don't worry, we're working on getting it fixed asap!

If you've tried to contact us this afternoon please bear with us and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible. If your enquiry is urgent you can still call or DM us.

#technicaldifficulties #contactus

Happy World Octopus Day! πŸ™ We can't get over how realistic this piece is by David Zinn. He specialises in creating fanta...
08/10/2020

Happy World Octopus Day! πŸ™ We can't get over how realistic this piece is by David Zinn. He specialises in creating fantastic illusion based art, taking inspiration from what he finds on the street. What do you think of this little guy?

P.s We're waving a tentacle to all our visitors who have been in touch with enquiries, we are experiencing a high volume of calls and emails at the moment. So please, bear with us while we dive through them!

We are open! Today's Scottish Government announcement confirmed that museums and visitor attractions are allowed to cont...
07/10/2020

We are open! Today's Scottish Government announcement confirmed that museums and visitor attractions are allowed to continue to operate. We will be remaining open every day and you can check our opening times on our website. We would like to reassure all our visitors that we are #GoodToGo and have several safety measures in place.

If you are concerned about visiting, please get in touch. We would be happy to discuss your booking and reschedule your visit or refund if required. Please email us your enquiry at [email protected].

To read the full Scottish Government update you can visit the website ➑️ www.gov.scot/news/new-moves-to-stop-covid-19-spread/

To read our Coronavirus Update please visit our website βœ… www.camera-obscura.co.uk/Coronavirus-Update

#COVID19 #Update

What the world needs now is... more puppy pics! #DYK that Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions is a dog-friendly at...
06/10/2020

What the world needs now is... more puppy pics! #DYK that Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions is a dog-friendly attraction? 😍🐢🌈

#DaysOut #Edinburgh #OctoberHolidays

What a beautiful shot taken from our Rooftop, Edinburgh is truly magical. Thank you for sharing VisitScotland ❀️#forever...
05/10/2020

What a beautiful shot taken from our Rooftop, Edinburgh is truly magical. Thank you for sharing VisitScotland ❀️

#foreveredinburgh #onlyinscotland #HameTownTourist

Edinburgh Castle & the Royal Mile at twilight ✨❣️

πŸ“ taken from Camera Obscura, Edinburgh
πŸ“· Instagram.com/pandeyrr

Leaves are now lining the pavement and autumn has finally arrived! In celebration of the seasons changing, can you see w...
04/10/2020

Leaves are now lining the pavement and autumn has finally arrived! In celebration of the seasons changing, can you see what's hidden in this magic eye? πŸ‚

Want to explore a mind-boggling World of Illusions? 🀩 You better be quick! Our time slots are filling up fast for this w...
03/10/2020

Want to explore a mind-boggling World of Illusions? 🀩 You better be quick! Our time slots are filling up fast for this weekend. If you are looking to pay a visit to us, we highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment ➑️ www.camera-obscura.co.uk/book-tickets

Sending all of our support to those struggling in the live events industry ❀️ To find out more about the #WeMakeEvents c...
01/10/2020

Sending all of our support to those struggling in the live events industry ❀️

To find out more about the #WeMakeEvents campaign, please check out: www.plasa.org/we-make-events/

#LightItInRed

A smile that always brightens up our day! What do you think of our new window face masks? πŸ’™
30/09/2020

A smile that always brightens up our day! What do you think of our new window face masks? πŸ’™

Address

Castlehill, The Royal Mile
Edinburgh
EH1 2ND

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 19:00
Thursday 10:00 - 19:00
Friday 10:00 - 21:00
Saturday 09:30 - 21:00
Sunday 09:30 - 21:00

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 it’s close to Edinburgh Castle. Founded by entrepreneur Maria Theresa Short in 1835 and a key site in Patrick Geddes’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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Are you reopen til August β“πŸ˜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...
How long would you recommend spending here? Few adults. No kids
Cooper says thanks for looking after us yesterday and making us very welcome.🐾🐾
This machine renewed our wedding vows!
Absaloutly loved this place would visit over and over and never get board all the staff is super friendly