Camera Obscura

Address: High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2ND, Scotland
Telephone: 0131 226 3709

- Mid-range


Camera Obscura and World of Illusions: hours of hands-on fun for all ages.

Camera Obscura itself is a fascinating reflective mirror built 150 years ago. Situated high up in a Victorian dome, you will get a demonstration of how it works as you focus on the unsuspecting public meandering past five floors below. The title Camera Obscura is quite misleading however, as there are four floors packed with great hands-on fun and fascinating optical illusions, puzzles, holograms and trick mirrors, which will keep every member of the family amused for a good few hours. Some parts are like an old fashioned fun-house and other parts have exhibits and let you play with state of the art trickery and illusion. 

This is a must at the best of times and a God-send if the heavens open.


Value for money

Price advice

An adult ticket costs £9.95 Adult, £7.95 concession, £6.95 for children 5-15 and under-fives get in free.

Expert tips

If you have a car don't even think about taking it. No car equals no parking.

Go early morning in high season or it can be mighty busy.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Education
  • Great views / scenery
  • People watching