Try to allow two hours for your visit to make the most of the six great attractions on offer.
Information for families:
We get a lot of feedback that we are a fabulous family venue. Unusually, the experience and the different hands-on exhibits we offer appeal to everyone from children, who become fully engaged with minimal parental input through teenagers (who think we are a ‘cool’ place) to adults and seniors.
Due to the number of stairs to climb, you might prefer to leave your pushchairs and buggies at the reception, we can offer you a baby carrier to borrow during your visit. Baby changing facilities are available in the public toilets. Our staff will be happy to help you with any queries.
We also have a storage area where you can leave any bulky items like luggage or shopping bags. Please, note that the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions does not accept liability for any loss, theft or damage of property.
Visitors with Disabilities:
Being a listed building and an historic tower, the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions has limited access for visitors with restricted mobility or for disabled visitors. We regret that there is no lift, please ask at reception if you would like to borrow one of our walking stick stools for your visit. However we try to accommodate our visitors as much as we possibly can. The attraction is also a proven success with people with special needs as it is very visually stimulating and good fun on lots of levels. Access PDF
Visitors with hearing difficulties:
An illustrated printed version (in English) of our tour is available at the reception. We recommend that you read this before you see the show. Our exhibits are almost all visual so work very well for visitors with hearing difficulties.
Visitors with visual impairment:
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions is a suitable attraction for partially sighted visitors as it is full of interactive, hands-on exhibits which, although containing many visual illusions, also use the other senses. You may enjoy listening to the Camera Obscura show, where the guide explains how the camera obscura works and talks about the picture being projected onto the table and about the history of Edinburgh.
As for finding one’s way about the building, the attraction is situated in a 5 storey tower with no lift but the stairwell is brightly lit with a contrasting handrail. Some of the exhibits are in dark spaces to be able to see them better and there may be trip hazards as we provide “kick-along” stools for children to climb on to see exhibits better.
Our toilets are situated on the first floor of the building.