Camera Obscura

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The Camera Obscura show is a fascinating and highly amusing way to see the city and learn about its history. This unique experience has delighted and intrigued people for over 150 years. It is a 'must' on any visit to Edinburgh.

From inside this mysterious Victorian rooftop chamber, you see live moving images of Edinburgh projected onto a viewing table through a giant periscope. Pick people up on your hands, squash them to a pulp and even make the traffic climb over paper bridges.

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Follow signs for Edinburgh Castle. We are situated 40 m from the entrance to the Castle or Castlehill at the top of the Royal Mile. To park, bear left at the roundabout in front of The Hub (former church) and on-street metered parking is available on Johnston Terrace. There is also a 24hour NCP car park in Castle Terrace at the bottom of Johnston Terrace.


There are regular Lothian buses 23/27/41//42/45/67 to Market Street and George IV Bridge, both very close to the attraction. When you get off the bus head for the Royal Mile, you will soon spot a distinctive white tower.


From Edinburgh Waverley, leave station via main exit onto Waverley Bridge turning left. At junction turn right to go up Market Street which will bring you to the Mound. Cross the road, go straight up via Mound Place and go up Ramsay Lane towards Edinburgh Castle. We are at the top of Ramsay Lane on the left hand side, opposite the Scotch Whisky Experience, next to the Castle.


Opening times (April - June):
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Opening times (July - August):
9:30 AM - 7:30 PM9:30 AM - 7:30 PM9:30 AM - 7:30 PM9:30 AM - 7:30 PM9:30 AM - 7:30 PM9:30 AM - 7:30 PM9:30 AM - 7:30 PM

Opening times (September - October ):
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM9:30 AM - 6:00 PM9:30 AM - 6:00 PM9:30 AM - 6:00 PM9:30 AM - 6:00 PM9:30 AM - 6:00 PM9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Opening times (November - March):
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM10:00 AM - 5:00 PM10:00 AM - 5:00 PM10:00 AM - 5:00 PM10:00 AM - 5:00 PM10:00 AM - 5:00 PM10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Address: Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2ND, UK
Phone: +44 131 226 3709

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