Fodor's Expert Review Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Old Town Family

View Edinburgh like a Victorian at the city's 19th-century camera obscura. Head up Outlook Tower for the headline attraction—an optical instrument that affords live bird's-eye views of the city, illuminated onto a concave table. It's been wowing visitors since 1853, and yet it retains a magical quality that can captivate even the most cynical smartphone-toting teen. After you've seen the camera obscura and enjoyed the rooftop views, head down to explore five more floors of interactive optical illusions. They are guaranteed to keep the kids entertained and educated for an hour or two.

Family Observatory Historical Views

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549 Castlehill
Edinburgh, Edinburgh  EH1 2ND, Scotland


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Rate Includes: £18.95

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