Camera Obscura and World of Illusions



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A unique view of Edinburgh - as the lights go down, a brilliant moving image of the surrounding city appears. See four other floors of optical illusions and hands on inter-active fun. An expanded exhibition space includes more hands-on exhibits. Walk on water, shake hands with your ghost, hear cats sing or spy on people from inside a giant camera. At Camera Obscura, anything is possible.

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
Castlehill,Royal Mile,EDINBURGH,EH1 2ND


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily, Apr-Jun & Sep-Oct, 9.30-7; Jul-Aug, 9am-9pm; Nov-Mar, 10-7. Extended opening during school hols, see website. Closed 25 Dec

About the area

Discover Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most spectacular cities and both Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. At its heart, the Old Town is a treasury of architecture stretching back to medieval times with its labyrinth of narrow lanes (‘wynds’ or ‘closes’). While the New Town's splendid district of squares, crescents and gardens are surrounded by impressive Georgian town houses.

It isn’t just a magnificent, bustling city, it’s surrounded by countryside – offering visitors the best of both worlds. Dominated by hills and the sea, with the rolling Pentland Hills to the south and the broad expanse of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, it benefits from a rugged and varied landscape. So much so, the city has its own miniature mountain, Arthur’s Seat, which looms over the Old Town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dwarfing even Castle Rock and its crowning fortress, Edinburgh Castle.

A couple of miles east, Portobello is Edinburgh’s seaside area, with a long stretch of golden sand that attracts droves of city dwellers on sunny summer days. 


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