Edinburgh and the Lothians Sights



Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Review

Want to view Edinburgh as Victorian travelers once did? Then head for the 17th-century Outlook Tower's camera obscura, where an optical instrument—a sort of projecting periscope—affords bird's-eye views of the whole city (on a clear day, that is) illuminated onto a concave table. The tower was significantly altered in the 1850s with the installation of the telescopic "magic lantern." Other attractions include a Magic Gallery with optical illusions, holograms, pin-hole photography, and rooftop views.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Castlehill, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH99 2ND | Map It
  • Phone: 0131/226–3709
  • Cost: £12.95
  • Hours: Apr.–June, Sept., and Oct., daily 9:30–7; July–Aug., daily 9:30–9; Nov.–Mar., daily 10–6
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  • Location: Old Town
Updated: 01-13-2014

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