Iconic Edinburgh landmarks now visible after dark at Camera Obscura & World of Illusions

For the very first time, you will be able to look at views from the Camera Obscura after dark, using the power of modern technology!

Wondering what a Camera Obscura is? Check out our previous blog: What is a Camera Obscura?

Since 1853, when Maria Short brought her prized telescope to the Royal mile, millions of visitors and locals alike have been mesmerised by live, moving pictures of the city via the Camera Obscura. The telescope uses a mixture of daylight, reflections, and mirrors to project a live image internally onto a table within a dark chamber. And now, our fabulous maintenance team have gone to great lengths to ensure you can experience the same spectacular views after dark or in in poor visibility.

Using a camera fixed to the top of the tower roof to capture footage during daylight hours and a top-quality projector installed within the chamber itself; we have developed a brand-new experience where our guides can show-off the same magnificent views and give you some history of some iconic Edinburgh landmarks without the use of daylight.

Panoramic viewpoints from Camera Obscura include famous city landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, The Scott Monument, St Giles Cathedral, The Balmoral, and The National Gallery of Scotland with views extending all the way out to the Kingdom of Fife.

Come along and experience our amazing views for yourself!

Camera Obscura After Dark


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