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Winner of VisitScotland's Best Visitor Attraction Experience 2023/24🥇
Illusions & stunning views! Britain's most fun attraction and fun for all ages.
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!
Are you lookin' at me? 👀
It's back! 💍💕 Our AutoWed is now available for you to have the marriage ceremony you've been waiting for - vending machine style! We're open every day, ready for you to make that special commitment.
Hands up who likes to plan fantastically fun days out 🙋 Tickets to visit us are now on sale up until 31 August 2024! How very organised is that?! Plan your visit today.
We are delighted to have won two Thistle Awards: Best Visitor Attraction and Innovation in Tourism!🏆 We’re very proud of our team for putting so much into making our attraction a fantastic and innovative visit for all ages. We would like to congratulate everyone who was nominated for an award😄
You know what time it is, it's Selfie Sunday 📸 Whether pulling faces or striking a pose, we love seeing all the fun you had with us 😋 Here are some of our favourite selfies from this week!
🎃 Only 2 weeks to go till the launch of our Haunting Halloween Hunt! From 6-31 October join us for all things ghoulish and spine tingling, creepy and spooky. Fun for all the family! Book your visit today. 👻 https://camera-obscura.co.uk/Halloween
🥳 Well done! Our team successfully completed the Edinburgh Kiltwalk yesterday, a full 21 miles in the rain! They're raising money for Calums Cabin and there's still time to donate here https://www.justgiving.com/page/camera-obscura
It's Selfie Sunday - that lovely time of the week when we show off some of our favourite snaps from you guys 📸 And what a fun week we've had 😄 Keep sharing your pics with us!
See the whole of Edinburgh from one place in our Camera Obscura show - it's the best way to get to know your new home and have fun with your new pals. Student discount available!🎟
We’re lighting up blue tonight in support of Leukodystrophy Awareness Month! Leukodystrophies are rare, genetic disorders affecting the brain and spinal cord. Alex TLC are the only charity in the UK that supports people affected by and their families/carers, so please show them some support💙
We're open from 9am every day this week☀️ See you soon!
In two weeks, on Sun 17 Sept, our team will be walking 21 miles in the Edinburgh Kiltwalk to raise funds for Calums Cabin. If you would like to show your support, you can donate here https://www.justgiving.com/page/camera-obscura
Calum's Cabin offer support for families facing childhood cancer; including holidays, homes from home & mindfulness. 🧡
Help Camera Obscura raise money to support Calums Cabin
End of summer blues? Maybe you're just cold 🥶
Share your pictures from our thermal camera in the comments below...
Fun fact: our Infinity Corridor uses 6431 lights💡
Goodbye Fringe (and goodbye summer☹️)
Alexa play 'She's A Rainbow' 🌈🎶
🤩 We are proud to maintain our accreditation as a real Living Wage Employer! Read about the accreditation process in our latest blog https://camera-obscura.co.uk/news/article/camera-obscura-livingwage
Only a few days left to claim our night owl discount🦉
GET 20% OFF a visit after 7:45pm when you book online! Castlehill gets busier during the Fringe festival, so we're rolling out night owl discounts until 3rd September. Please allow extra time to arrive😄
It's Selfie Sunday time 📸 We had so much fun with you this week, it was hard to choose our favourite of your snaps 😍 Keep sharing them with us!
Visited us recently? Met one of our friendly team? Leave a review! We love hearing feedback (good and bad) so please take a minute to review us on TripAdvisor💚
Our team are taking part in the Edinburgh KiltWalk in September and will walk 21 miles through the city!🥾 This is on behalf of our charity partner, Calums Cabin who support families with children facing cancer. Please donate to our fundraising page here or share it for us!🧡 (We took this photo of a window in one of Calum's holiday homes, it represents all of his favourite things like football, monopoly, golf, music, Scotland)
🦉NIGHT OWL DISCOUNT🦉
We're offering 20% off your visit to Camera Obscura after 7:45pm when you book online! Castlehill gets busier during the Edinburgh Military Tattoo evening performances, so from now until 3rd September we're rolling out night owl discounts. Please allow extra time to arrive😄
When you've been enjoying the festival fun a bit too much and you need to have a word with yourself 👀
The sun is out, the sky is blue, and we're open 8am-10pm all weekend🌤 If you're an early bird, come and enjoy a peaceful moment on our rooftop terrace with 20% off tickets before 9am when you book online🐦
📸: Robbie Sarreal
It's August, that wonderfully vibrant time of year again for us here in Edinburgh! Today we are celebrating with Selfie Sunday 📸 Keep sending your snaps our way 😍
It's tattoo time!🎇 The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place just nextdoor to us, most evenings in August. Castlehill may be harder to get to but don't give up! We're open until 10pm and our staff will be waiting to show you the way, or you can show your ticket to get past the barriers.
This stunning photo of our tower: Tom Duffin - Weephotos of Edinburgh
Have you seen our big bright tram yet? Hop on at the airport and jump off at Princes Street to make your way up to us. It's full of illusions on the inside too👀 Remember we're offering 20% off a visit before 9am when you book online!
Yogi the miniature schnauzer living his best life!🐾
Happy Sunday everyone ... Selfie Sunday that is! 📸 We had so much fun with you this week, it was hard to choose our favourite of your snaps 😍
Our previous owner Patrick Geddes was a pioneer of sustainability back in the 1800s (and he built those flats next door too). Read our blog about how far we've come over the years!🌲
Don't lose your head(s) in our Perpetual Portrait exhibit!👾
We're currently open 8am-10pm every day, please remember to pre-book to avoid disappointment😄
Woohoo, Selfie Sunday time is here! 📸 We had so much fun with our visitors this week, it was hard to choose our favourite of your snaps 😍
We hope everyone is having an electric day⚡️
🐦EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS🐦
Starting Saturday we're open every day from 8am-10pm, and you can get 20% off a visit before 9am when you pre-book online! The early bird (you) catches the worm (a fun filled morning)🪱
Look what it is! It's Selfie Sunday 📸 Here are some of our favourite smiley selfie snaps you've shared with us this week 😍
Please help us support our charity partner Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home!💚 We collect donations here at Camera Obscura or you can help via their website: https://edch.org.uk/
If you're not able to donate, please share our post to find forever homes for the animals the EDCH looks after🐶🐱
It is our favourite time of the week: Selfie Sunday 📸 Here are some of our favourite selfie snaps, we love to see them keep sharing them with us! 😍
The Electric Room ⚡️- Sarah Kids in Museums
Sarah here for ! I played around with the settings on the Sony DSLR camera in the vortex tunnel and here are a few photos I captured 😵💫 Kids in Museums
Hi I’m Sarah (right), I’m 16 years old, and I’ll be taking over Camera Obscura’s social media for the day! Just a couple of things about me, I am in the national girls choir of Scotland and I'm also part of the U18’s Great Britain Cycling Team for track sprint🚴♀️ Kids in Museums
Castlehill, The Royal Mile
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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.