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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, Scotland

4 star Rating 4/5 (1 review)

  • Two children looking through a large see-through ball at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
  • Youngsters pointing at buildings in a round frame at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
  • Two people in a square box at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
  • A girl on a bridge with a circular optical illusion surrounding her at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
  • People playing with the optical illusions at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Attraction Information

  • Museums and Art Galleries icon Museums and Art Galleries

Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

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


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  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
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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

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

July - August: Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 21:00

September - October: Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 19:00

November - March: Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

April - June: Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 19:00


General Admission

Adults: £15.00

Kids (5-15): £11.00

Concessions: £13.00

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!

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4 star Rating 4/5 (1 reviews)

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