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Venture through five floors jam-packed with over 100 illusions, and remember nothing is what it seems! 

We offer guided demonstrations of the Camera Obscura during daylight hours, showing-off the city’s best landmarks! After dark or in poor weather, we deliver a fantastic projection show, uncovering the same magnificent views with footage recorded from the very top of our tower.

During school holidays all tickets, those booked in advance online and at the desk on the day, will all be at our Standard Pricing rate. Visit our opening hours page to see school holiday dates. 

20% off entry before 9am from 25 May - 1 June 2024. If you're an early-bird, choose a timeslot before 9am for entry and all tickets will be discounted by 20%. Discount already applied, online bookings only. 

Admission Prices from 1 Jan 2024

Ticket Type Standard Online*
Adult £22.95 £21.95
Student (with ID) £20.95 £19.95
Senior (65+) £20.95 £19.95
Child (5-15 years) £17.95 £16.95
Under 5s Free Free

 

*Online discounted prices do not apply during school holidays. The next holiday is 25 May-1 Jun. 

*Carers supporting visitors with disabilities go free. Children aged 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. An adult qualifies as anyone aged 16 years and over. 

*Maximum booking of 14 tickets per transaction. For larger groups, please see our groups information here.

*Tickets are valid for one admission only. 

Early Bird & Night Owl Discounts

During peak school holiday seasons we open as early as 8am! If you choose to visit us before 9am (8am-8.45am timeslots) you will receive 20% off the standard rate ticket price. Check our opening hours page to see when we open early. Discount is already applied, online bookings only. 

We will also be running a Night Owl discount on specific dates during the summer. Receive 20% off standard admission prices. Discount already applied, online bookings only. 
Castle Concert evenings, 20% off online for admission from 7pm. Dates 5 July and 9-14 July.
Festival Fun, 20% off online for admission from 7pm. Dates 13-31 August. 

Admission Prices with 20% discount applied

Ticket Type Standard 20% Off Online*
Adult £22.95 £18.35
Student (with ID) £20.95 £16.75
Senior (65+) £20.95 £16.75
Child (5-15 years) £17.95 £14.35
Under 5s Free Free

*Online discounted already applied when promotional timeslot selected. Discount off standard rate admission. 

*Tickets are valid for one admission only. 

Flexible booking

We offer a flexible booking policy. You can contact us with proof of purchase to reschedule or cancel your booking up to 24 hours prior to your booking date. You can read our full booking terms and conditions here

 

Group Visits

We offer discounts for parties of 15 or more - whether you’re a tour group or a school trip. These bookings must be made over the phone and confirmed at least 24 hours in advance.

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 £11.00 per child.

Group bookings are now available to book. Please get in touch for more details. 

 

Ticketing FAQs

I have booked twice OR I have booked more tickets than needed

Please email us or call us on 0131 226 3709 as soon as possible so that we can help to manage your booking. We’ll need to see your proof of purchase so that we can arrange a refund accordingly.

Can I buy a ticket on arrival?

Yes, if we have spaces available, you can buy tickets on the day at our front desk. However, we would recommend booking online in advance for guaranteed entry and to avoid disappointment.

 

 

I have booked the wrong ticket type, how do I change it?

Please email us or call us on 0131 226 3709 as soon as possible with your booking reference so that we can amend your booking accordingly. 

 

Can I use a discount or voucher?

Yes, approved discounts including Carers, Spra and Young Scot can be booked through our website. Please find your code through your discount partner and use this to claim your ticket when you book online. 
 
ScotRail kids entry tickets can be booked online. Use code 'SCOTRAILKIDS40'. ScotRail kids free entry is valid everyday before 11am and after 6pm, one child per full paying adult. 
 
For Blue Light discounts please call us on 0131 226 3709 for the discount code. Blue Light discount is 10% off for the card holder ticket only. 
 
For complimentary tickets, gift vouchers, ASVA and Spree tickets, please contact us so we can allocate you an admission time slot. Email info@camera-obscura.co.uk or call 0131 226 3709. 
 
Terms and conditions for discounted admission and vouchers are in place, please check your voucher for details.

How do I book a ScotRail Kids Go Free ticket?

You can use a valid Kids for a Quid train ticket to get one free child ticket for every full paying adult. 

This offer is valid only for bookings before 11am or after 6pm.

To secure your entry timeslot please book all other tickets in advance through our website here, including any under 5s. Then use the online code 'SCOTRAILKIDS40' to claim.

If you have any questions you can call or email us.

More information can be found on the ScotRail website here.

I have booked the wrong visit date or time. Can I change my booking?

Yes, we are happy to rearrange your booking. Bookings must be rearranged at least 24 hours in advance and are subject to availability. For that reason we request you contact us as soon as possible. If you have contacted us at least 24 hours in advance and there are no suitable time slots available, we will give you a full refund.  

Do I need to book in advance with a complimentary ticket?

Yes, pre-booking is required with a complimentary ticket so please contact us in advance so we can reserve you a space.

Complimentary tickets are valid before 11am or after 6pm during weekends and school holidays and valid anytime outside of this. You can see our school holiday schedule here.

We are only able to accept our current complimentary vouchers which are dated and numbered. We regret any previous versions are no longer valid.

If I arrive late, will I still be able to visit?

We request that you make every effort to arrive on time. If you arrive late, where possible we will admit you. If there are no spaces available we will try to admit you later in the day. However this is not guaranteed as on some days we are fully booked.  

How do I book my Gift Vouchers?

Visits with Gift Vouchers must be booked in advance to guarantee date and time of entry. 

Gift Vouchers that are purchased online can be booked with the unique link that is sent to via email when purchased.

Paper or printed Gift Vouchers can be booked by a call or email to us, quoting the booking reference number. Call 0131 226 3709 or email info@camera-obscura.co.uk 

Can I get a carer ticket?

 

Carers supporting visitors with disabilities go free. We welcome one carer per paying visitor. Carer is a ticket option on our website when booking, so this can all be done in advance of your visit to secure your entry time slot. 
 
You will be asked to present ID on arrival to us if you select carer as a ticket type, for carer entry we would accept any of the following:
 
1.       Carers Allowance Award Letter
2.       Local Authority Carers / Plus One Card
3.       Carers UK membership Card
4.       ‘CARE’ membership card
 
Or
 
1.       Bus Pass (showing plus 1 / companion)
2.       Award Letter (e.g. DLA / PIP / ADP / CDP)
3.       Blind / partially sighted certificate
4.       Social Care services Blue Badge
5.       Letter from a medical professional on NHS headed paper
6.       ‘CEA’ card
 
If you would like any additional advice prior to visiting us, feel free to get in touch. 

Someone in my group was unwell and couldn’t visit, can I get a refund?

If one person in your group is unable to visit, please let us know as soon as possible. If you know in advance please call us to discuss. If on arrival, please let the team at our admissions desk know at the start of your visit, so we can arrange a refund on that ticket. 

I have missed my visit time through factors outwith my control. Can I still visit?

Please contact us to discuss as soon as possible. In most circumstances we need to know 24 hours in advance if you are unable to visit at the time on your booking in order to either give you a new time slot or a refund. Any other outcome is at our absolute discretion. 

I’ve changed my plans and want to cancel my visit. Can I receive a refund?

We offer free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.  Please email or call us on 0131 226 3709 providing proof of purchase, as soon as you know you need to cancel.

Camera Obscura retains absolute discretion as to whether refunds will be given if less than 24 hours notice is given.

I’m unhappy with my visit, how do I request a Money Back Guarantee?

We’re sorry to hear if you were not fully satisfied with your visit. We request you talk to our team at the time of your visit, to share your concerns or let us know what’s happened. We really appreciate constructive criticism to help us improve the visit. Our offer of a Money Back Guarantee only applies to those visitors who have completed a visit of the attraction and who are not fully satisfied with the quality of their visit on the day. If there is any reason that you were not able to speak to us at the time, please email or call us on 0131 226 3709 as soon as possible. Proof of purchase required.

I bought my tickets from a different website, are they valid?

We do not currently work with any 3rd party websites selling our tickets, so please ensure you only buy tickets directly from our website. If you have already purchased tickets from someone else, please contact them for a refund. 

I am hard of hearing / deaf / partially sighted / blind , do you offer a discount?

We offer a 10% discount on your ticket price if you are hard of hearing, deaf, blind or partially sighted.

Please contact us in advance to reserve your tickets or make your requirements known to staff on arrival and they can apply the discount at the front desk.

You can email or call us on 0131 226 3709.

You can do a virtual tour of our attraction before you visit here. You can also read more about our accessibility offering on our dedicated Accessibility page. 

Can I visit if I have mobility issues?

We are a stairs-only attraction. There are just under 100 steps to reach the top of our building, to experience the Rooftop Terrace and Camera Obscura. A hand rail is available on one side of the stair case only. Seating is available on each floor and walking stick chairs are provided on request. You can tour the building before your visit with our virtual tour.

You can read more about our accessibility offering on our dedicated Accessibility page. Please contact us if you have any questions and we'd be happy to help. You can email or call us on 0131 226 3709.

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