Camera Obscura and World of Illusions - Britain's most fun attraction! Welcome to Edinburgh's oldest visitor attraction, delighting visitors since 1853. Rated a top Attraction in Scotland on TripAdvisor. Temporary Changes To Keep You Safe: Reduced Capacity: We are welcoming a smaller amount of people at scheduled entry time slots. Please book in advance on our website. Opening: We're closed until Monday 18 January 2021. Opening Mon-Thu 11am-7pm and Fri-Sat 10am-9pm. Toilets: Our toilets remain open. Keeping It Clean: we are doing more deep cleaning and hand sanitiser is available throughout the attraction.
At Camera Obscura & World of Illusions you can experience and take part in over 100 illusions as well as a breath of fresh air on our magnificent Rooftop Terrace, which offers the most spectacular 360 degree views of Edinburgh. Five floors of interactive hands-on optical illusions, tricks and fun things to do including vortex tunnel, mirror maze and shrinking room. Get involved, play, touch everything. Great fun for all ages and nationalities, whatever the weather. Scotland’s oldest purpose-built attraction, established in 1835. Free Wi-Fi. Bring your camera - lots of photo opportunities throughout. Allow about 1.5 hours. Please note the attraction is located in a listed 17th Century building over 5 floors without a lift.
Open every day, open late on holidays.
Fully safe, ‘Good to Go’ certified and have all the necessary health and safety guidelines in place to make your visit the most enjoyable ever! Your visit will feel a little different to normal, but we hope just as much fun!
These are the things we are doing:
You can read our full COVID-19 FAQs and Safety Measures on our website at www.camera-obscura.co.uk/coronavirus-update
CAMERA OBSCURA: Our Camera Obscura demonstration is currently postponed. We are currently renovating the room and installing a new high power/rapid air-change ventilation system in line with COVID-19 health and safety measures. We hope to be able to start shows again as soon as possible.
ROOFTOP VIEWS: Perched high above the city, let the view take your breath away! 360° panoramas of Edinburgh and don't miss our fantastic, free high-power telescopes which give close-up views of the city and far beyond.
BEWILDERWORLD: Immerse yourself in Bewilderworld, a collection of our most popular, biggest and most amusing illusions. A scramble for the senses, which will leave you feeling fully bewildered! Lose yourself in our magical Mirror Maze, get ready for a turning, tilting, twisting, crazy experience like no other in the Vortex Tunnel and once you’ve recovered your balance the Chaotic Pendulum awaits – the world’s first fluorescent chaotic pendulum.
MAGIC GALLERY: The Magic Gallery houses some of our most electrifying exhibits, a great variety of cool optical illusions and hands-on, interactive experiences. Like every aspect of your visit, it's also great fun! Catch your shadow, shake hands with your ghost, and walk on water. You'll be amazed at our giant kaleidoscopes and marvel at all the fun you can have with plasma domes.
LIGHT FANTASTIC: Light Fantastic is our biggest gallery of interactive fun, tricks, and illusions – many unique to Camera Obscura. We’ll mess with your mind (in the best possible way) as your eyes are fooled by brilliant visual effects. Start your journey in the hologram room, a world class collection of amazing, unique, 3D images, where a mummy, Frankenstein's monster, a falcon, and even a spider comes alive. This floor contains some of our most popular illusions. The Ames Room is a brilliant piece of trickery, which can shrink and grow you instantly; try the Severed Head and keep a close eye on our Living Animal. Stop by our Kaleido-draw, transform yourself in the Morph Machines and while you're in the mood for transformation, the Hand Mirage and Meet Your Twin exhibits give you a new perspective on yourself.
EYE SPY EDINBURGH: See Edinburgh in 3D from the 1850s to the present day and make sure you try our live city View Cams which you can control. Scan right around the city and zoom in and out on anything (or anyone!) that takes your fancy! Spot how hot you are in the Thermal Camera and make sure to see your reflection in the Victorian bendy mirrors, which are almost impossible to look at without laughing.
Gift shop - With a wide range of gifts to amaze and delight your family and friends, our gift shop has something for everyone!
Money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied after your visit.