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Camera Obscura & World of Illusions tickets

549 Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2ND

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£8 for 1 evening child ticket or £10 for 1 evening adult ticket or £19 for 2 evening adult tickets to Camera Obscura & World of Illusions during the Edinburgh Festival

Vital Information 

  • Incredible views across the whole of Edinburgh from the rooftop tower 
  • A unique experience that has intrigued visitors for over 150 years 
  • Enjoy mind-bending optical illusions 
  • Suitable for all ages, from babies to grandparents - and under 5s go free!  

150-year-old camera 

Opened by Maria Short in 1853, the camera obscura inside a rooftop tower on Edinburgh's Royal Mile offers a unique view of the city inside the Camera Obscura & World of Illusions attraction. It's part pinhole camera, part periscope and uses light and mirrors to create a live, moving image of the city within the tower. You have to see it to appreciate the true wonder of this amazing invention! 

Mind-boggling optical illusions 

Real-life and technological trickery combine to create a series of over 150 spectacular illusions that will warp your mind. Nothing is what it seems here, from a static walkway that makes you feel like you're spinning to a disorienting mirror maze – you'll be confused and amused in equal measure!

Rated #5 of things to do in Edinburgh on TripAdvisor 

"Definitely recommend as an extra activity to do in Old Town with kids. Lisa was a great presenter and made it very interactive. Best on a somewhat bright day and allow time to explore all five floors." 

"The Camera Obscura looks small and insignificant from the outside, but inside it is packed with fun activities and illusions! You also have a great view of the city at the top." 

"The museum of illusions seems small from the outside, but it is actually very high, so you do get value for your money. Most of all it's a lot of fun. You can also learn a few interesting things. It will probably be the travellers' choice on a rainy day, but it is also worth going when the sun is shining – the quality of your top floor experience will be better!" 

"I would highly recommend this place. So many interesting elements here from the vortex tunnel, to the mirrors and various illusions. One of my favourite places in the city."

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What to expect

One evening child or adult ticket


Two adult evening tickets

Choice of week:
- 3 - 9 Aug 2018, 6pm - 9pm
- 10 - 16 Aug 2018, 6pm - 9pm
- 17 - 23 Aug 2018, 6pm - 9pm
- 24 - 30 Aug 2018, 6pm - 9pm

Small print

Voucher is valid from Fri 3 Aug 2018 until Thur 30 Aug 2018, 7 days, 6pm – 9pm; subject to availability.

Valid for your selected week only:
- Week One: valid 3 – 9 Aug 2018.
- Week Two: valid 10 – 16 Aug 2018.
- Week Three: valid 17 – 23 Aug 2018.
- Week Four: valid 24 – 30 Aug 2018.

Please note if you arrive close to 9pm you will be granted free return entry the next morning before 11am.

Advance booking not required.

Multiple voucher purchases permitted.

Suitable for all ages; under 5’s go free and ages 5 – 15 years are classed as children.

Duration approx. 2hrs.

No wheelchair access available.

Please note experience takes place over 6 floors including stairs.

Castlehill area where venue is located will be particularly busy due to Edinburgh Military Tattoo; please ensure you leave plenty of time to reach venue and be prepared for possible security bag searches.

The beginning and end period of a voucher’s validity is always the busiest.

Vouchers can be presented on mobile device or printed for redemption; please show your voucher on arrival.  

Voucher is not exchangeable for cash or valid with any other offers. 

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  • 549 Castlehill, Edinburgh,
    EH1 2ND
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