City Centre Changes: COVID-19

The City of Edinburgh Council have put temporary changes in place throughout the city to allow spaces for people. Temporary road closures give more space for people to walk, cycle, use prams, wheelchairs and other 'wheels'. It also allows space on pavements for queing and outdoor seating for businesses with table and chairs licenses. 

The closest changes to Camera Obscura include the closure of Victoria Street and Cockburn Street. 

You can find out more here

By Foot

By Foot

Edinburgh’s a brilliantly compact city. So the easiest way to reach us is to walk. We’re in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, so stroll up the Royal Mile, Ramsay Lane or Johnston Terrace while enjoying some of the city’s most famous sights. We’re at the top on the right-hand side, just before the castle. 

By train

By train

The nearest station is Edinburgh Waverley, 10 minutes’ walk away.

You can get the most up-to-date train times and tickets from The Trainline

By bike

By bike

The nearest bike parking is at West Parliament Square, near the National Library of Scotland on George IV Bridge and in the Grassmarket. These and more options can be found on Open Street Map. Bike parking is shown with a small blue square.

To help plan your route to see us visit Edinburgh Cycle Streets

By bus or tram

By bus or tram

Buses to and from all directions stop on George IV Bridge, three minutes’ walk away. Hop on bus numbers 23, 27 41, 42 and 67. 

Bus stops on North Bridge and Nicolson Street are ten minutes' walk away. 

Visit lothianbuses.com and edinburghtour.com for more information. 

If coming by tram jump off at the Princes Street stop. We are seven minutes’ walk away, via The Mound. Check tram times, prices and routes here

By car

By car

There’s no parking on the Royal Mile. The nearest car parks are:

  • Castle Terrace NCP – Camera Obscura visitors can receive a discount parking ticket which gives up to 5 hours parking for £10.00 (regular cost £19.50. If over 5 hours discount does not apply). Please ask the team on arrival for your discount ticket. Postcode EH1 2EW (this car park is approximately 10 minutes’ walk away, please check up to date prices and find a location map here). 
  • QPark Quartermile – is a 10 minute walk from Camera Obscura. Find out more here. Use postcode EH3 9GF. 

Parking charges apply. 

By taxi

By taxi

Most of the time, you will be dropped off right outside our doors.

This street is occasionally closed for events at the castle. If this is the case, you will be dropped off on the Royal Mile at the bottom of Castlehill, two minutes’ walk away.

You can pre-book a taxi with City Cabs or Central Taxis who will be happy to help you.

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