Group Information

We are delighted to offer groups of 15 or more, exclusive group admission prices, on condition your group books in advance, on a weekday only, at the start of the day, outside of school holidays. Due to COVID-19 our capacity for groups is greatly reduced.

We cannot currently accept any groups on any weekend or during any school holiday, throughout the year. We regret any disappointment this may cause.

If your entire party is made up of 14 or less individuals, please book tickets as normal through our website. If your group is of 15 or more, please do not attempt to book online in multiple slots as in doing so, your booking will regretfully be declined. Instead, please contact us and we will help you find the best time for your group to visit, provided it is on a weekday, at the start of the day, outside of school holidays.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

• Exclusive group rates (for 15 or more)

• Access to the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions building; including the rooftop terrace and four floors of exhibition space

• A live demonstration of the original Camera Obscura, or, if visibility is poor, a demonstration using a projection of the image recorded on a clear day. Your group will be allocated a show time during your visit. If your group miss their allocated show time, we regret we will be unable to arrange another show due to capacity restrictions.

• Access to the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Gift Shop

• Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the building

COVID-19 UPDATE 

• It is it essential that groups arrive promptly at their assigned entry slot. Groups who arrive late will regrettably not be allowed to enter and tickets will not be transferred or refunded.

•  If your group is larger than 32 and has booked into adjacent arrival times, please ensure the first group turns up promptly for the first allocated arrival time. If the first group misses the first time, only the second group will be permitted entry at the second time to avoid exceeding visitor capacity. Regrettably, entry fees for those who miss their allocated arrival time will not be transferred or refunded.

Please read our FAQ below and then get in touch to discuss what options might be available by emailing info@camera-obscura.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

Group Prices 2022

Adult £17.05
Student (with ID)  £15.25
Senior £15.25
Language school £15.25
Child (5–15 years) £13.45

Group FAQS

Answer:

What size of group can receive a group discount?

A group of 15 or more individuals will receive a group booking discount.

How much of a discount will I receive?

All group bookings of 15 or more (which book within specific dates and times) will receive a discount of 10% once we have confirmed their booking.

What entry times are available to groups?

Group entry is limited to our first entry time of the day, which varies depending on season. Please check our latest opening hours here. We regret that we are currently unable to accommodate groups during school holiday periods and weekends.

When do I need to pay for a group booking?

Bookings must be paid for in full a minimum of 14 days in advance of the visit date. Please advise us by email once you have made payment. If full payment is not received 14 days in advance, then the booking is void.

Can you hold a group booking provisionally?

Unfortunately, we are not able to hold a booking and cannot guarantee the availability of an entry time until your booking has been confirmed. Any booking will be deemed provisional until confirmed in writing by Camera Obscura & World of Illusions.

Can I book out with the group times?

Groups of 14 people or less can book out with the group times, but these bookings will be charged at full price. These bookings can be made through our website as normal. If your group is 15 people or more, please do not attempt to book online as if you do so, your booking will regretfully be declined.

How do I make a group booking?

If your group is 15 people or more, then please contact us and we will help you find the best time for your group to visit, provided  your visit is on a weekday, at the start of the day and outside of school holidays.

Please call us on 0131 226 3709 or email info@camera-obscura.co.uk. All bookings are taken at the discretion of Camera Obscura; we recommend that bookings are made as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

We will need:

  • Day of your visit
  • Time of your visit
  • Name and contact telephone number of group leader or organiser
  • Number of visitors
  • Method of payment (credit card or BACS)
  • Contact details: your address, email, and telephone number 

Can I change or amend a booking?

You can amend your booking up until 48 hours before your booking date and time.

If you want to amend the numbers in your group, for the same date and entry time, please call 0131 226 3709 or email info@camera-obscura.co.uk.

Any amendments to the size of the group must comply with group terms and conditions regarding minimum and maximum numbers. If your amendment to the size of the group results in a group smaller than 15 people in number, then full admission rates will apply and an additional payment for the difference will be required. Please call us on 0131 226 3709 to make the additional payment by credit card.

If you want to change the date of the visit, please contact us to see whether it will be possible to reschedule. Please call us on 0131 226 3709 or email us at info@camera-obscura.co.uk for any query regarding payment.

Rescheduling can be done up until 48 hours prior to the visit, but please note, the earlier you reschedule the more likely we are to be able to accommodate your group.

How do I cancel a booking?

If cancelling a confirmed booking, please call us on 0131 226 3709 or email us at info@camera-obscura.co.uk and let us know a minimum of 14 days in advance. If less than 14 days are given 50% of admission fees are refundable. If less than 2 days’ notice is given, admission fees are not refundable.

Why are there limited group entry times?

In response to visitor feedback and to ensure that we provide the best possible experience for everyone, we have reduced the capacity of each entry time to a maximum of 32 visitors every 15 minutes.

Do group leaders receive discounted entry?

For us to manage visitor numbers more efficiently with reduced capacity, all group leaders, guides and drivers who enter are counted as members of the group. All group members recieve discounted group rates.

Why must I now pay in advance?

As we are limiting the number of visitor bookings per time slot and the number of time slots available, our overall visitor capacity has reduced, we therefore require that all bookings are paid for in advance to avoid any potential loss of income.

Will we see a Camera Obscura demonstration?

Where available your visit will include a guided demonstration of the Camera Obscura, (time and seasonally dependent), though this cannot be guaranteed.

If your group miss their allocated show time, we will be unable to arrange another show. If a guided visit is not available, we will allow unguided access to see a recording of the view of the city inside the Camera Obscura chamber.

The Camera Obscura chamber has a high-power rapid air-change ventilation system in line with COVID-19 health and safety measures. 

Is there somewhere to store luggage?

Unfortunately, we do not have the facility to store bags for groups.

Can large groups (32+) enter together?

The minimum number of visitors for a group booking is 15, the maximum number of visitors is 32. Groups larger than 32 people will be required to split down into smaller groups, entering at separate times and remaining in their individual groups, with a maximum group number of 64.

What do I need to do if I am running late?

It is very important you arrive at your assigned entry time. We are currently operating at reduced capacity with limited entry times.

If you miss your entry time, we regret it will not be possible to admit your group as other visitors will be booked at the time immediately after your group. Please ensure you plan accordingly and give yourself plenty of time. If you think you might miss your entry time, please give us a call as soon as possible on 0131 226 3709.

We are part of a nursery group – how much will our booking cost?

If you are a nursery and would like to come along with a group of children under 5 years old, please get in touch with us directly to book your visit. Any more than two children under 5 years old accompanied by anyone other than a relative or guardian will be charged our Under-5 Nursery Rate of £10.45 per child.

Can I bring along a group for a children’s birthday party?

You are more than welcome to book a general visit to us as part of a child’s birthday party, but please be aware that we no longer have a private space to host a party or catering facilities. If you have a group of 14 or fewer people, then you can book tickets as normal through our website here. If you have a group of 15 or more people, then please get in touch with us directly to book.

For Teachers

Your class will have so much fun, they won’t even realise they’re learning! No wonder so many school groups come back year after year.

Free resources for teachers:

We've also created a fun, downloadable activity pack with Twinkl, which contains Fun Fact File, word search and more. You can download the activity pack here

Language Schools

Let students practice English in a place where there’s no shortage of things to talk about. Non-native speakers can enjoy the visual fun at Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura and World of Illusions while they get to grips with English. 

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