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Welcome to the oldest visitor attraction in Edinburgh, delighting visitors since 1853.

An Aladdin's cave filled with illusions, tricks, puzzles, hands-on experiences, unbelievable effects and the best rooftop views of the city.

If you're looking for things to do in Edinburgh, Camera Obscura & World of Illusions should be on your list! 

Current Opening Hours

Every Day9.00am - 9.00pm


Fab day out

Had a fabulous time at Camera Obscura and is definitely a must to do when visiting Edinburgh. Our tour was by David and he’s so friendly, engaging and funny and definitely made the show enjoyable and so interesting! To find out that he’s just recently finished his training is a testament to him as he is so good at what he does! 

Funny from top to bottom

When we visited there was such a long queue, however this is just a sign of how good it was. We started from the top and worked our way down (there is no set way and you can wander through the floors at your on pace) The views from the top floor are amazing, could see right out across Edinburgh. Each floor was full with different things that baffled and amazed me. There was plenty of opportunities for photos. It is a 2 minute walk from the castle and shops, so ideal for an afternoon out.