Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Winner of VisitScotland's Best Visitor Attraction Experience 2023/24🥇
Illusions & stunning views! Britain's most fun attraction and fun for all ages.
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Visit Camera Obscura and World of Illusions where seeing is not believing! 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!

Soaking up the winter sun on our Rooftop Terrace🌤
08/01/2024

Soaking up the winter sun on our Rooftop Terrace🌤

We're very proud to have welcomed one million visitors since reopening in 2020 after the pandemic! As many in the touris...
03/01/2024

We're very proud to have welcomed one million visitors since reopening in 2020 after the pandemic! As many in the tourism industry know, Covid-19 posed huge challenges for us all, so we hope our achievement not only signifies a triumphant recovery for the tourism industry but also reflects the enduring appeal of our beloved attraction🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
We are immensely grateful for the support of our guests and the dedication of our team for helping us reach this milestone😄💙

01/01/2024

Happy New Year! 🎆 We would like to wish all our visitors a very happy 2024🎇 Are your looking for something fun to do to celebrate? We are open 10am-10pm today!

Do you recognise our Infinity Corridor in this photo?✨📸: Simon Hird
29/12/2023

Do you recognise our Infinity Corridor in this photo?✨
📸: Simon Hird

Our Singing Cats exhibit was commissioned for us in the early 2000s and is one of a kind! Have you heard it's song?📸: Si...
27/12/2023

Our Singing Cats exhibit was commissioned for us in the early 2000s and is one of a kind! Have you heard it's song?

📸: Simon Hird

Hello! We're open from 10am-10pm today for your boxing day illusion fix! 🎁 Remember to get 20% off your visit before 9am...
26/12/2023

Hello! We're open from 10am-10pm today for your boxing day illusion fix! 🎁 Remember to get 20% off your visit before 9am from tomorrow until the 31st when you book online! https://www.camera-obscura.co.uk/book-tickets
📸: Simon Hird

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!🎄 From the whole team here at Camera Obscura, thank you for being part of our 202...
25/12/2023

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!🎄 From the whole team here at Camera Obscura, thank you for being part of our 2023, we can't wait to welcome more of you in 2024✨

Time has flown by and it's already Christmas Eve! 🎅Today: we're open until 7pm🎄Tomorrow: closed for the big day✨Boxing d...
24/12/2023

Time has flown by and it's already Christmas Eve!
🎅Today: we're open until 7pm
🎄Tomorrow: closed for the big day
✨Boxing day: open from 10am
We're open every day throughout New Years and are offering 20% off a visit before 9am from 27th-31st December when you book online!
https://www.camera-obscura.co.uk/book-tickets

Our Ames Room exhibit uses forced perspective to make the Elf so much taller than Santa! Did you know this technique was...
20/12/2023

Our Ames Room exhibit uses forced perspective to make the Elf so much taller than Santa! Did you know this technique was used in the "Elf" movie too, instead of special effects?🎅

Santa and Elf's favourite shelf in our gift shop is easily the novelty lights! They make perfect gifts and there's so ma...
18/12/2023

Santa and Elf's favourite shelf in our gift shop is easily the novelty lights! They make perfect gifts and there's so many options🎄 You don't need an attraction visit to browse our gift shop, just pop in🎅

Happy Selfie Sunday everyone 📸 We had so much fun with you this week and love to see your smiley faces on Instagram 😋 Ke...
17/12/2023

Happy Selfie Sunday everyone 📸 We had so much fun with you this week and love to see your smiley faces on Instagram 😋 Keep sending your selfies our way!

Being open late means we get to watch the city light up at night. We're now open til 10pm every day until the 23rd if yo...
15/12/2023

Being open late means we get to watch the city light up at night. We're now open til 10pm every day until the 23rd if you want to see these views for yourself🎡✨

Stuck for gift ideas? Check out our gift shop for locally made products perfect for a stocking🎁 You don't need a ticket ...
13/12/2023

Stuck for gift ideas? Check out our gift shop for locally made products perfect for a stocking🎁 You don't need a ticket to browse!

Give the gift of Camera Obscura & World of Illusions! Treat someone to a fun filled, mind-boggling visit with us. These ...
12/12/2023

Give the gift of Camera Obscura & World of Illusions! Treat someone to a fun filled, mind-boggling visit with us. These are available to buy on our booking page, just tick "these tickets are a gift" and fill in the details. The easiest Christmas shopping you'll ever do🎁
https://www.camera-obscura.co.uk/book-tickets

It's our favourite day of the week - Selfie Sunday! Share your snaps from your visit with us for a chance to be featured...
10/12/2023

It's our favourite day of the week - Selfie Sunday! Share your snaps from your visit with us for a chance to be featured 😍

Don't worry kids, Santa hasn't really lost his head. It's just our Severed Head exhibit!🎅
08/12/2023

Don't worry kids, Santa hasn't really lost his head. It's just our Severed Head exhibit!🎅

Castlehill is looking very festive! Our bright wee tower can be seen across the city🌕
06/12/2023

Castlehill is looking very festive! Our bright wee tower can be seen across the city🌕

We are delighted to have been crowned National Winner for ‘Innovation in Tourism’ in Scotland at the 2023 Scottish Thist...
05/12/2023

We are delighted to have been crowned National Winner for ‘Innovation in Tourism’ in Scotland at the 2023 Scottish Thistle Awards!🏆
Camera Obscura & World of Illusions was recognised for our creativity, ingenuity, and sheer hard work in delivering an exceptional, world class, unique, fun and interactive visitor experience. We also stood out for our outstanding, inclusive customer care and how we have grown Scottish audiences through both new seasonal events and collaboration with local organisations.
A wee message from our General Manager Andrew: “We’re very proud of our team for the way they look after our many visitors and for putting so much into making our attraction a fantastic, innovative visit for all ages. We would like to congratulate everyone who was nominated for an award.”
Thank you!💙

It's December and our first Selfie Sunday of the month ❄  We had so much fun with our visitors this week, it was hard to...
03/12/2023

It's December and our first Selfie Sunday of the month ❄ We had so much fun with our visitors this week, it was hard to choose our favourite of your snaps 😍

Happy St. Andrew's Day!🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
30/11/2023

Happy St. Andrew's Day!🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

We've been enjoying our view of a very colourful Edinburgh Castle 🌈
27/11/2023

We've been enjoying our view of a very colourful Edinburgh Castle 🌈

Who's actually taller? It's all an illusion😵‍💫
22/11/2023

Who's actually taller? It's all an illusion😵‍💫

Our website will be having some more maintenence work tonight from 11pm but will be up and running again tomorrow mornin...
21/11/2023

Our website will be having some more maintenence work tonight from 11pm but will be up and running again tomorrow morning. Thanks for your patience, we will keep you updated🔧

Cake or not cake?🍰 It's not cake, it's Dame Prue Leith who came to Camera Obscura for a visit today!
20/11/2023

Cake or not cake?🍰 It's not cake, it's Dame Prue Leith who came to Camera Obscura for a visit today!

You know what time it is, it's Selfie Sunday 📸 We had so much fun with you this week and love to see your smiley faces o...
19/11/2023

You know what time it is, it's Selfie Sunday 📸 We had so much fun with you this week and love to see your smiley faces on Instagram 😋 Keep sending your selfies our way!

It's World Toilet Day!🚽We have free period products available to all visitors and our toilets are twinned with a toilet ...
19/11/2023

It's World Toilet Day!🚽
We have free period products available to all visitors and our toilets are twinned with a toilet in Mozambique to help fund access to clean sanitation🧻
Happy WTD to all those who celebrate💩

Best views of Edinburgh Castle ☝️
17/11/2023

Best views of Edinburgh Castle ☝️

Our website will be having some maintenence work tonight from 11pm but will be up and running again tomorrow morning. Th...
15/11/2023

Our website will be having some maintenence work tonight from 11pm but will be up and running again tomorrow morning. Thanks for your patience, we will keep you updated🔧

Mirror illusions > getting soaked in the rain outside
13/11/2023

Mirror illusions > getting soaked in the rain outside

Address

Castlehill, The Royal Mile
Edinburgh
EH12ND

Opening Hours

Monday 9:30am - 7:30pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 7:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 7:30pm
Thursday 9:30am - 7:30pm
Friday 9:30am - 9pm
Saturday 9am - 10pm
Sunday 9:30am - 9pm

Telephone

0131 226 3709

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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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