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Camera Obscura, Edinburgh

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Contact: +44 131 226 3709
Open Hours: Apr-Jun: Daily 9:30a-7p; Jul-Aug: Daily 9:30a-9p; Sep-Oct: Daily 9:30a-7p; Nov-Mar: Daily 10a-6p
Perched on top of the Royal Mile , Camera Obscura is the place to 'see' Edinburgh - however not necessarily by looking at the views! Instead, visitors look at a white disk in the middle of a darkened room onto which the surrounding area is projected (including all the innocent and oblivious passers-by). There's a voyeuristic air amongst the viewers, as they hover around the images, chuckling as people and things are singled out for scrutiny, all good fun. There is also an impressive hologram exhibition, which is well worth a look. For the traditionalists, a fine view of the city can be found without refraction contraptions, at the very top of the building. Do be warned however, as both the view from the roof and the view from the camera are dependent on natural light, dark clouds and general fogginess will give rise to disappointment for gawkers. Check the website for monthly timings.