Aladdin's Cave - Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue

Aladdin’s Cave

Camera Obscura Building

Ranked number two in TripAdvisor’s Top 10 UK Landmarks, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions has a rating of 4.56 from 2,870 reviews!

A Travellers Choice winner for 2013 too, if you’ve not visited for a while or indeed you’ve never been, you should consider it now!

Just a stone’s throw from Edinburgh Castle, it’s the capital’s oldest, purpose-built visitor attraction, amazing visitors with its optical illusions and breathtaking views since it was founded on Calton Hill in 1835.

160 years ago this year, in 1853, the attraction moved to its current site, high on Castlehill.

The Camera Obscura

The building offers some of the most stunning views of Edinburgh from its 360 degree rooftop terrace perched above the Old Town, with powerful telescopes and binoculars to scan the city skyline and far beyond.

In addition to the viewing terrace there is the original attraction itself: the Camera Obscura. From inside this mysterious rooftop chamber, you can see live moving images of the city projected onto a viewing table through a giant periscope … a truly unique perspective on Edinburgh.

Camera Obscura Vortex Tunnel

World of Illusions

As well as the Camera Obscura itself you can also visit the four floors of interactive optical trickery in the World of Illusions. Don’t miss this Aladdin’s cave filled with illusions, tricks, puzzles, hands-on experiences and unbelievable effects to experience and interact with.

There are constantly new attractions being added to the collection including a number of firsts for Scotland, so you can enjoy the widest offering of the world’s leading mind-boggling exhibits.

If you haven’t visited in a while you might have missed some of these newer attractions:

  • Vortex tunnel: This swirling tunnel of light engulfs the senses of those brave enough to take the plunge, cleverly fooling mind and body into feeling that it too is spinning upside down.
  • Ames Room: This ordinary looking room creates giants and dwarves of anyone who enters it. Originally created by Adelbert Ames in the 1930s, the concept was famously used in more recent years to film the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  • Magical Mirror Maze: the first light maze in Scotland, a seemingly never ending chamber of coloured lights for you to find your way through or simply linger in and enjoy.

And if that’s not enough, tickets are valid all day so you can pop out for lunch or coffee if you fancy a break!

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