Camera Obscura and World of Illusions | Day Out With The Kids

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

4 star Rating 4 / 5 1 reviews

Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, Scotland

  • Kids by see-through ball at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh
  • Kids looking at round frame at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh
  • Mum and daughter exploring Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh
  • Girl in Gaint Vortex Tunnel at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh
  • Kids in Mirror Maze at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh

Attraction Information

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Ages: 4+

Venue type: Indoor

Get ready for six floors full of interactive and hands-on fun at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

This fascinating way to see the stunning city of Edinburgh and learn about its history will amaze and surprise you! Become a giant as you spy on passers-by in the street below and even pick them up in your hand thanks to the live moving images of the city projected onto a viewing table from a periscope. The Rooftop views are perched high up above the city and give you 360° panoramic views with the help of free high-power telescopes and binoculars.

In Bewilderworld step into a vortex tunnel and see if you can stay on your feet while it spins around you! Catch your shadow and shake it with your hands in the Magic Gallery and in The Puzzling Zone you can watch yourself shrink and grow in the Ames Room and morph into your favourite animal!

A view of the city and of yourself that you’ve never seen before!

  • Giant kaleidoscopes
  • The Light Fantastic Exhibition
  • Learn the history of all the attractions


  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Parking Parking Available Nearby

Getting There and Contact Information


Castlehill, 549 Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, EH1 2ND, Scotland


Click here to visit Camera Obscura and World of Illusions's website
0131 226 3709

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

April - June
Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 20:00

Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 22:00

Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 21:00

September - October
Sunday to Friday 09:30 - 20:00
Saturday 09:30 - 21:00

November - March
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 19:00
Closed 25th December


General Admission
Adults: £15.50
Kids (5-15): £11.50
Concessions: £13.50
Under 5's: Free

Last Entry

1 hour before attraction closes

More Information

Pets allowed

Dogs are welcome

Guest suitability

Being a listed building and an historic tower, the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions has limited access for visitors with restricted mobility or for disabled visitors. There is no lift in the building.  

Parking facilities

The nearest long stay parking is in the 24 hour NCP car park on Castle Terrace at the bottom of Johnston Terrace.


Such a fun place!

4 star Rating 4 / 5

Written by JoyfullyAmy . 07.04.17

My husband and I came here after our visit to the Edinburgh Castle. It's right there as you exit the castle so we decided to go in! It was very fun! I loved the illusions and tricks. There is a great range of activities. The stairs are terrible at the beginning because the museum starts on the top floor. So make sure you come physically prepared! We had a great time there and especially loved the last floor! The mirror-maze is brilliant!