Camera Obscura and World of IllusionsEdinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian
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By bus or tram
Please note, you must download the ParkPass app and add the SaverID to your ParkPass account before entering the car park to get the discount. You can learn how to do this here.
Once you have booked your Camera Obscura ticket, your SaverID code will be in your booking confirmation email. Postcode is EH1 2EW (this car park is roughly 10 minutes’ walk away, please check up to date prices and a location map here).
Please note, on arrival at the car park, do not push for a paper ticket. Parking using the app is ticketless. Instead, scan the QR code at the entry and exit barriers to gain access and pay for parking.
- Pushchair parking (not advisable to take pushchairs up six floors as there’s no lift)
- Free baby carriers to borrow
- Walking stick chairs available for those with mobility issues
- Baby changing facilities in male & female toilets.
- Camera Obscura honours the Hidden Disabilities Sunower Scheme. Visitors can borrow a lanyard / sticker or wear their own to let our team know they might need support, help or a little extra time.
- Visitors on the Autistic spectrum or other: Our range of sensory exhibits and freedom to go at your own pace make The World of Illusions a great place to visit. There may be small queues on arrival at the attraction.
- There are ear defenders which you are welcome to borrow, please ask at the front desk on arrival. These are sanitised after each use.
- To help familiarise yourself with the types of exhibit ahead of your visit, you can find an interactive building plan and an introduction video on our Attractions page in the Ground Floor gallery / section.
- For any further queries, call Camera obscura on 0131 226 3709 or check the Accessibility page on our website. If you’re still unsure, come along and see how it goes. We’ll refund your ticket price in full if things don’t go to plan.
Children aged 12 and under need to be accompanied by an adult during their visit. An adult qualifies as anyone aged 16 and over.
Camera Obscura proudly supports breastfeeding on our premises as part of the Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland scheme. Whilst there is not a dedicated, discreet feeding area there are benches on every level you are welcome to use. Camera Obscura's helpful staff will be happy to direct you to a seating area and to provide water on request while you feed your infant. If you are finding this unmanageable please approach a staff member who will grant you priority entry. With our one way route you won't miss a thing, but it's easy to skip sections or exhibits if you wish. There is not a dedicated quiet space, but the open air rooftop terrace is half way through your visit, which can provide a welcome break from the enclosed exhibit space.
If you need to change the time or day of your visit at short notice, just let the attraction know and they will do their best to accommodate you.
- Giant kaleidoscope & stunning views of the city
- The Light Fantastic Exhibition
- Learn the history of Edinburgh City and all the attractions
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
Pricing & Tickets
Adults: from £20.95
Students (with ID): from £18.95
Seniors (65+): from £18.95
Kids (5-15 years): from £15.95
Under 5s: Free
Book in advance for cheapest tickets
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Yes, there is parking nearby.
The nearest long stay parking is in the 24 hour NCP car park on Castle Terrace at the bottom of Johnston Terrace.