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Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Entrance Ticket

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Guarantee entrance to one of Edinburgh's most popular attractions, and skip the ticket line by pre-booking your admission to the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Choose your allotted time (morning, evening, or all-day) and get ready to enjoy the spectacle of mind-bending illusions and hands-on exhibits.
  • Guarantee entrance to one of Edinburgh's busiest attractions by pre-booking
  • Skip the lines of people waiting to purchase tickets at the door
  • Choose your preferred time slot—morning, afternoon, or all-day
  • Discover the original virtual reality, made by the Victorians 150 years ago
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Departure Point

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND Scotland
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible - this attraction is within a six-story building which is listed and therefore cannot have a lift installed.
  • Children under the age of 5 go free
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Party sizes / groups of over 9 visitors may have to wait to gain entry or be asked to return at a quieter time. If you are a group of 9 or more, please contact directly to book.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Camera Obscura & World of Illusions

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Entrance Ticket?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Entrance Ticket.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Entrance Ticket?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Entrance Ticket.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Entrance Ticket?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Entrance Ticket.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Entrance Ticket?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Camera Obscura & World of Illusions Entrance Ticket.

Traveler Tips


  • "it can get overwhelming specially with the vortex in 2nd floor but you can go out for lunch / coffee and just go back when you feel like it." See review

Reviews

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A good day out.
Theresa_S
, Nov 2020
Grandson's loved it. Was a totally new experience for them. Granny coped out of the tunnel at the end.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Hello, thank you for your five-star recommendation. We're delighted to hear you and your grandson's had a good day out with us and loved all of our interactive exhibits. The Vortex Tunnel is a head-spinner, hopefully you'll come back soon to give it a try!
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Daughters birthday visit
Danielle_T
, Nov 2020
Visited here yesterday for my daughters 8th birthday. The team was amazing and made us feel very welcomed and safe! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and happy health new year ❤️
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Hello, thank you for letting us know what an amazing visit you had. We're delighted you and your daughter had a wonderful visit and the team made you feel welcome, we'll be sure to pass along your kind words. We also hope you have a magical Christmas and that you'll visit us again soon.
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Great day out
Jessica_D
, Nov 2020
Had a brilliant time, would definitely recommend if looking for something to do with toddlers. Very clean with lots of sanitising stations so that you feel comfortable using the more interactive activities. Staff were really friendly and helpful throughout.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Hi Jessica, thank you for letting us know what a great day out you had with us. We'll be sure to pass along your kind comments to the team and we hope you'll visit us again in the future.
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Great afternoon
NEIL_W
, Nov 2020
What an interesting, thought provoking afternoon. Highly recommend. Will return when the world returned to normal
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Hi Neil, thank you for letting us know what a great afternoon you had and recommending us so highly. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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star-5
Well worth a visit!!
Karina_B
, Oct 2020
What a brilliant time we had yesterday!! We'd booked a slot and the whole experience felt well managed and safe. Staff were amazing. And, to be honest, we probably benefitted from the lower number of visitors as we had easy access to all exhibits. Give it a go!!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Hi Karina, thank you for your high recommendation. We're delighted you had a brilliant time and our new safety guidelines helped you enjoy your visit. We'll pass on your kind words to the team and we hope you'll visit us again in the future.
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Shocked
Anne
, Oct 2020
I believe that with all measurements in place this tourist attraction is a high risk area. Even though it is controlled by the amount of people allowed In there are still too many people in small areas where kids don’t understand the required distance to keep from others. A lot of things within your attraction requires touching buttons which don’t have steriliser available next to them (except for the webcams) You might have a steriliser available in every room but walking backwards and forwards in that room with the family every time they touch something is not what really happens. I would not recommend going here in these current times and I don’t believe why attractions like this are allowed to stay open. To limit the chances of contamination I would also close the storage area near the entrance.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Hello Anne, and thank you for letting us know about your visit. We take our responsibility to look after our visitors and staff very seriously. As you mention, we do have hand sanitiser at every floor entrance and exit, as well as additional stations at our most hands-on exhibits. Cleaning wipes are also located at key exhibits for use by visitors and our team, such as our webcams which you mention. Admission numbers have been greatly reduced to maintain social distancing levels, and our timed entry allows us to continue to manage the flow throughout the building. We do ask all our visitors to accept they have a duty to take the steps necessary to ensure their own safety and respect others while visiting, including maintaining social distancing, wearing face coverings and using cleaning stations, but our staff carefully monitor visitor flow and will politely ask visitors to main social distancing, where necessary. With over 100 interactive exhibits we hope you enjoyed parts of your visit from our famous Vortex Tunnel to the stunning panoramic views at our outdoor Rooftop Terrace. We appreciate you sharing your concerns, and these have been passed on to our senior management team for further discussion on how we can keep improving our new procedures.
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A must with teens
Lis
, Oct 2020
I have visited pre and post covid and this remains a fun , interactive and amazing exhibition for all ages .
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Hi Lis, thank you for your five-star recommendation. With 5 floors and over 100 exhibits, we really do have something all ages enjoy. We hope to see you again soon.
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Spying experience
Nigel_H
, Oct 2020
Most amazing experience. Very addictive - just want to return. Cameras overlooking the town and spying on people was amazing. Incredible illusions - shrinking room, Mirror maze, walk through Kalaedescope.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Hi Nigel, thank you for letting us know you had an amazing experience. It's great to hear how much you enjoyed our exhibits, we hope you got lots of photographs. Thank you for visiting and we hope to welcome you back in the future.
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Educational
Claire_P
, Sep 2020
Had fun trying out different things as we walked round got the brain working. Took around 90 minutes lots of rooms with different things in
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Hi Claire, thank you for letting us know you had a fun visit. We certainly do have a lot of exhibits which are mind-boggling! Thank you for visiting and we hope you'll visit us again in the future.
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Corona virus can't stop the fun!
Leeann
, Sep 2020
We had an amazing time yesterday. It was interesting to see all the different things. Although they had restrictions due to the corona virus, it was still a fun experience and we were happy to see lots of hand sanitiser stations.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Hi Leeann, thank you for recommending us so highly. We have installed lots of new safety measures so that visitors can have a fun time safely while with us, and we're pleased these lived up to your expectations. Thank you for sharing what an amazing time you had and we hope you'll visit us again soon.
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