Visiting during August

Like most of Edinburgh, we can be very busy here at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions during the festival period.  Of course we want everyone to come and visit us and have some fun throughout August but we thought it might be handy to give you all a little advice on how to get the most out of your visit.

First of all, we are open every day from 9:30 in the morning until 9:00 in the evening and our ticket is valid all day, meaning you can spend all day here if you want to. It also means that if you need to take a break, maybe for lunch or for ice-cream, then you can leave and come back later on.  Just head to our ticket desk or to our gift shop and ask for a hand stamp.

As you may expect, our busiest time of the day is roughly between 12:00 and 5:00 so if you want a quieter experience then we suggest visiting earlier in the morning or after 5:00 in the afternoon. Although please do bear in mind that we are right next to Edinburgh Castle, which hosts the fantastic Edinburgh Military Tattoo nearly every night during August. This means that part of the street does get cordoned off for security but if you tell one of the security workers at the barrier that you want to visit Camera Obscura then they will let you through.  If for any reason they do not, please call us on 0131 226 3709 and we will come to the barrier to collect you.

Also, we are an official Fringe Festival venue meaning that you may also buy your admission ticket at the Fringe Festival box office.

Finally, a small reminder that you can download the “Welcome to Scotland” app for iphone (and now Android devices as well) which offers you a 20% discount. You can download the iphone app here and the android app here.

We hope to see lots of you here at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions during August and of course, enjoy the Fringe Festival as well! 


We now offer free Wi-Fi to all our visit

We now offer free Wi-Fi to all our visitors so you can share all the fun photos you take during your visit! #FreeWiFi

We Now Offer Free Wi-Fi!

Good news for all you tweeters, facebookers, bloggers and photo enthusiasts! We now offer a free wi-fi service here at Camera Obscura for all wi-fi enabled devices!

It’s very simple to set up. Just scan to find our wi-fi hotspot (it’s simply named “Camera Obscura”), open your browser, type in your email address, type in the security code (which you will find on a poster near the entrance) and accept the terms and conditions and you are good to go!

This means you can now safely tweet, update any facebook statuses, write a quick post on your blog or upload your photos of your visit without having to worry about it eating up any of your data limit or any nasty roaming charges!

If you are having any problems with the service then let any of the team know about it and we’ll try our best to fix it for you.

We hope you enjoy this new service!

Caution: Our new exhibit may bite!

There’s a scary new addition to the fun exhibits here at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.  You’ll find him on the third floor of our exhibitions and if you’re brave enough, then try sticking your hand in the feeding hole and give him a stroke. Fear not, he’s all roar and no bite!

Don’t worry, we’re not being cruel to our new resident, as long as we keep feeding him plenty of shortbread he’s happy.  We let him out at night to enjoy the exhibitions for himself!

We don’t have a name for this new member of the team yet so if you can think of any imaginative names, then why don’t you share it with us on Facebook and Twitter!

We need a name for our new member of the team. share us your imaginative name if you can think of one!