Camera Obscura and World of Illusions - Attractions

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Step into a world where real-life collides with technological trickery. Here, impossible doesn’t exist.

With six floors and over 150 interactive, hands-on exhibits, we have something to entertain all ages. Tour Edinburgh’s streets without moving. Pitch your brain against mind-bending illusions. It’s all part of the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions experience.

Situated just a stone’s throw from Edinburgh Castle, at the top of Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile, come and discover the city’s first ever purpose built visitor attraction and see history and modern marvels together under one roof.

Find out below about our World of Illusions galleries with everything from shrinking yourself like Alice in Wonderland to stunning holograms, powerful viewcams and bewildering mirror maze.

Our 150 year old Camera Obscura is the highlight for many visitors, make sure to get your allocated show time to not miss this Victorian spectacle.