What’s on in Edinburgh this July

With our current heatwave you may be looking for things to do in Edinburgh. Here’s a few upcoming events happening in early July which that we are looking forward too at Camera Obscura.

Scottish Ale festival – something to quench your thirst

This event is taking place at The Edinburgh Corn Exchange and is a dog friendly event.

It is taking place on

Thursday 5th – Saturday 7th July

12:00 – 22:30 Thursday & Friday

12:00 – 21:30 Saturday

Admission £6

Find out more at https://sraf.camra.org.uk/

Scottish Real Ale

Tiny Tales: Rhyme time Journey – something for the little ones!

Storytelling Bothy, Edinburgh

Join Eric Brennan and a host of fluffy creatures on a fun filled trip to meet lots of favourite nursery rhyme characters. Interactive songs and rhymes guaranteed to make you smile.

Start Date: 03 July 2018 10:00

End Date: 03 July 2018 12:15

Full Price – £5.00

Free Adult Ticket – £0.00

Adult Without Child – £5.00

(2-5yrs | Please remember to select a free adult ticket as well as a ticket for your child)

Book Now at http://www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre/centre-events/9479/tiny-tales-rhymetime-journey

Alternatively, if you are nearby or in the city centre why not say hi to us at Camera Obscura we would love to see you. We are now open 9am -10pm!

Written by Christine McCleary


Dugs Welcome

At Camera Obscura we love man’s best friend – dogs!

We can’t get enough of those puppy dog eyes and wagging tails which is why Camera Obscura is a dog friendly attraction! They are part of the family after all.

You can take your furry friend around the whole attraction and even enjoy a Camera Obscura show together. All we do is double check that the rest of the audience is comfortable with a dog in the room.

We have 98 steps in total within in the attraction and will provide dogs with water at any point of their visit so they don’t get dehydrated. Don’t worry about accidents either, we are happy to help. It is worth it to know that the whole family (dog included) can have a fun day out.

If you are travelling to Edinburgh and have a dog we recommend you check out these websites and articles which list dog friendly attractions and restaurants in the city:

Dugs Welcome – https://www.dugswelcome.com/days-out/days-out-scotland/edinburgh-camera-obscura/

Edinburgh Evening News – https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/our-region/edinburgh/12-of-the-most-dog-friendly-places-in-edinburgh-1-4695576

Four Square – https://foursquare.com/top-places/edinburgh/best-places-dog-friendly

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Written by Christine McCleary

What’s been happening this June

June has already been an eventful month in the city with Edinburgh Pride and the Edinburgh Cycling Festival.


Our rainbow flag was flying for the Edinburgh Pride March to help show support and we were delighted to be near all the events and festivities taking place.


We were also lucky enough to have a bird’s eye of the Edinburgh Cycle festival including HSBC’S Let’s Ride Edinburgh, that took place in the city on the 24/06/18. It was beautiful weather for the cyclist’s making it the perfect day to be out on your bike.

With the warm weather looking to continue remember that our Camera Obscura works best during clear sunny days so we look forward to you coming in to enjoy our rooftop views and of course our Camera Obscura show!


Media and Filming at Camera Obscura

We’ve had a busy time over the past couple of months welcoming lots of film and media enquiries to the site. We love to welcome journalists, vloggers, bloggers and photographers to the attraction to capture all the exciting exhibits and most often our stunning views of Edinburgh, which make Camera Obscura and World of Illusions a popular request with the media.

Recent activity includes being featured on BBC One Scotland from the Sky, BBC One Bargain Hunt, Mini Travellers blog, Avengers Infinity War, being part of Edinburgh’s City of Superheroes, welcoming the Glasgow2018 mascot, Wide Days blog, Instgrammer visits from #UncoverEdinburgh, Scottish Field Magazine and the family from Super Toys Universe to take a vlog. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see all the most recent activity.

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The history of the attraction sparks the imagination of lots of content creation, being Edinburgh’s oldest purpose build visitor attraction, operating since 1853. The Camera Obscura itself is a scientific marvel, and has been delighting visitors with its live projections of Edinburgh for over 150 years.

Our five floors of illusions leave the mind boggling and there are certainly lots of photo and filming opportunities around the site. From bright coloured electric globes and kaleidoscopes, the shrinking room, mirror maze, vortex tunnel and severed head, getting photographs to show a fun-filled experience or highlight science and illusion are in abundance.

We always try to be accommodating and welcome media to the site. We recommend this is out of hours, first thing in the morning before we open works best for us. If you are interested in capturing content of the Camera Obscura Show please be aware that this is weather dependent (and unfortunately we can’t control the weather!).

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To get in touch and arrange a media visit please contact Claire Riddoch, Marketing Manager on claire@camera-obscura.co.uk or call 0131 226 3709

More information about Camera Obscura and World of Illusions can be found on our website camera-obscura.co.uk

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May Bank Holiday Weekend

At Camera Obscura we are enjoying the warm weather this weekend and thinking of things to do in Edinburgh on Bank holiday Monday.

If you are a in the city centre why not take the time and check out the Lego model display at the National Museum of Scotland  – https://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/whats-on/build-it-a-museum-made-from-lego/


It has an amazing Lego display of the National Museum built by renowned Lego brick artist Warren.

If the weather changes this afternoon (we never have faith in the Scottish sunshine) why not see a film?

If you have the kids, have already watched, ‘Avengers; Infinity War’ and want something else to see that’s not too expensive, why not check out Odeon Kids – http://www.odeon.co.uk/kids/

These early morning movies show slightly older films but at a much cheaper price. It is a great way to catch up on films you may have missed without being as expensive.

The Vue cinema does a similar experience called Mini- Mornings. Find out what’s showing at https://www.myvue.com/offers/mini-mornings

Alternatively, if the sun is shining and you’re looking for something to do, why not say hello to us at Camera Obscura. Our Camera Obscura “show” works best during sunny days and we would love to see you.

Written by Christine McCleary

Celebrating a Super weekend!

Edinburgh Evening News Superhero Weekend

At Camera Obscura and World of Illusions we have had fantastic fun helping supporting the City of Superheroes activity in Edinburgh city centre, helping celebrate the new Marvel film Avengers: Infinity War.

Did you know that our Rooftop Terrace was used by the film crew to capture the best scenic views of the city to use in the movie? See if you can spot some of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks while watching the film.

During the weekend of 27-29 April we dressed up and had fun with some amazing local superheroes, big and small! Including Super mum and her children pictured below.


Even Super Cameron the bear felt brave with his cape and mask and dared to go through our Vortex Tunnel. It takes super human strength go through this marvel in one go, but he succeeded.


For all those that took part in the celebrations you may have hung up your capes, but the adventure is just beginning because Camera Obscura will be announcing the winners of our Infinity Stone Scavenger Hunt. We will be contact the lucky winners via email to confirm their prizes of £20 Amazon Vouchers or free Cineworld tickets.

Written by Christine McCleary

Have A Super Weekend with us at Camera Obscura!

At Camera Obscura and World of Illusions we are very excited for the newest Marvel film Avengers, Infinity War.

We are celebrating the upcoming release of the film (due to come out this Thursday, 26th of April) by offering visitors a superhero weekend!

  • Dust off your capes and masks and visit us dressed as your favourite superhero. Visitors who are dressed up as superheroes will receive 50% off ticket prices from Friday 27th – Sunday 29th April to celebrate the Avengers Infinity War release.
  • During your visit, this weekend only, you can explore Camera Obscura and World of illusions to find our very own infinity stones that will be hiding around the attraction. You can pick up our Infinity Stones Trail at reception at the weekend to power your own infinity gauntlet.

If you are as excited as we are you can check out a film countdown online to add to the suspense.


The city of Edinburgh has been all a buzz since the filming of the movie took place last year. The Edinburgh Evening news even stated:

“The movie is the largest production Edinburgh has ever hosted, and it is a real credit to the city that the feedback from Disney’s producers, directors and actors was all so positive and that they loved the city so much.

Read more at: https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/entertainment/in-pictures-stars-at-avengers-infinity-war-fan-event-ahead-of-edinburgh-date-1-4720750

We hope you have a fantastic weekend with us and you can check out more events happening around the city at http://edinburgh.org/things-to-do/city-of-superheroes/.


If you are dressing up over the weekend you can share your photos with #cityofsuperheroes or if you are visiting Camera Obscura you can share via our social media pages.

Written by Christine McCleary


Inspired by M.C.Escher

At Camera Obscura several of our interactive exhibits are inspired by the works of M.C Escher (1898-1972).

Escher was famous for his works of impossible construction. We have may   copies of his works in the building from his “Ascending and descending” 1960’s Lithograph, “Relativity” and more.

Escher created many masterpieces in his time and used reflective surface and distorted reflections in some of his works.


The image above was taken from http://www.mcescher.com/gallery/back-in-holland/three-spheres-ii/

It is a great site with a vast collection of the Escher’s work and more history about the artist himself. At Camera Obscura we were inspired to take some modern-day Escher inspired photos.

Pictured below are our “Escher” inspired photo’s using the scenery of our attraction and a clear UV contact juggling ball – we hope you enjoy.


This photo was taken during a rare day of blue skies on our rooftop terrace.


This hypnotic ball of light and colour was captured in our “Infinity Corridor”.


This stunning photo was taken in our “Giant Kaleidosphere” which is on our ground floor where you enter the building.


We hope you have enjoyed our colourful reflections. When visiting Camera Obscura if you have taken any interesting or abstract photos, why not share them on our social media? We would love to see your works of art too!

Facebook & Twitter: @camobscura

Instagram: @camobscura1

Written by Christine McCleary

Easter in Edinburgh 2018

We are really excited for the Easter Holidays at Camera Obscura and we a few recommendations of things to do whilst the schools are off!

For the toddlers, why not check out “Magic Carpet Mini’s” which is a fun workshop for those under the age of five. It takes place at the National Museum of Scotland and advanced booking is essential so you don’t miss out.

This free workshop introduces new objects to the children as they play through music, stories and play. This fun activity is running from the 23rd of February to 30th March 2018.The sessions start at 10.30am and another at 11.30am. Each session runs for 25 minutes and if it has peaked your intertest find out more at:


blog(Picture found: https://www.familiesonline.co.uk/local/edinburgh/listing/magic-carpet-minis)

For the rest of the family you could enjoy a traditional Easter egg hunt at the Georgian House.

This Easter egg hunt takes place at the beautiful Georgian House located on Charlotte Square. Families are invited to come and join in the fun which is taking place from 30th March 2018 – 2nd of April 2018. The price is standard admission entry for entry plus an extra £1 per Easter egg hunt you enjoy. To book or to find out more information on the event follow the link below or call 01314580200.



blog2At Camera Obscura we love a good puppet like our T-rex picture above. Our simple puppets can’t quite compare with Puppet Animation Festival which is taking place from 25th March until the 15th of April. If fancy some family friendly entertainment look no further. The festival will be visiting various locations in the city including; Edinburgh’s Libraries, North Edinburgh Arts, Craigmillar Community Arts, Arts South Edinburgh just to name a few. To find out more have a look and join the fun: www.puppetanimationfestival.org

We hope you have fun this Easter and come visit Camera Obscura & World of Illusions if you are in the city centre!

Written by Christine McCleary

Purple Friday

February is LGBT History month and today, Friday 23th February is “Purple Friday” a day for the people of Scotland to help show support for LGBTI equality and inclusion.

Purple signifies the purple stripe on the LGBT rainbow flag which stands for spirit. This Purple Friday you can take action to help stamp out prejudice.

This year’s theme focuses on the #EverydayHero the person whose small gestures promote an inclusive atmosphere for LGBTI people.

There are several ways in which you can show support, by wearing purple, having a rainbow bake sale, taking to social media to nominate your #EverydayHero, a person that makes your day better in some small way. You can also find out more about LGBT History Month events and Purple Friday at lgbthistory.org.uk.

At Camera Obscura we will be showing our support by turning our Camera Obscura Tower purple, and flying our rainbow flag over the city with pride.

We hope that you will be joining us to help spread awareness.

(Banner image from Studio Two Photography studio2photography.co.uk/)
(Image Below Taken from www.lgbthistory.org.uk/whats-on/2018-everyday-hero-celebration/)

Written by Christine McCleary