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Camera Obscura won two Thistle Awards!

Camera Obscura & World of Illusions has been crowned winner of two awards at the 2023 Central and East Scotland, regional final of the Scottish Thistle Awards: Best Visitor Attraction Experience, and Innovation in Tourism.

The Thistle Awards recognise and honour the very best individuals, businesses, partnerships, and events in the industry for their innovation, excellence and success. 

Camera Obscura & World of Illusions was recognised for our creativity, ingenuity, and sheer hard work in delivering an exceptional, world class, unique, fun and interactive visitor experience. In addition, we stood out for our outstanding and inclusive customer care and how we have grown Scottish audiences through new seasonal events and partnerships with local organisations. We also proved our commitment to responsible tourism with new sustainability practices, and has also just been shortlisted for a Living Wage Scotland award.

Over 600 entries were submitted for the Central and East Thistle Awards across 14 categories, as businesses and individuals strove to earn recognition for the part they play in making Scotland such as tremendous place to visit.

General Manager, Andrew Johnson said “We were up against some outstanding attractions and other top-rated tourism businesses, so are delighted to have won. We’re very proud of our team for the way they look after our many visitors and for putting so much into making our attraction a fantastic and innovative visit for all ages. We would like to congratulate everyone who was nominated for an award."

Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is a 5-star VisitScotland rated visitor attraction in the heart of Edinburgh and last year it was the 7th most visited paid attraction in Scotland. Housed in an historic building, it offers visitors the chance to get hands-on with over 100 interactive illusion exhibits and see a demonstration of the 170-year-old Camera Obscura and outstanding panoramic views of the city from the Rooftop Terrace. It has something to entertain all ages and is open every day from early until late, all year. 


To learn more about the Thistle Awards and other Regional Winners go to their website.

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