Camera Obscura

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Optician Maria Theresa Short established Camera Obscura in 1853 to show off some of the amazing scientific advances she was fascinated by, which included "a powerful Galvanic Machine, a Fairy Fountain of electrified water and a wonderful Electric Boy!" Camera Obscura is still showing a live view of the city using Short's Victorian technology today, including the opportunity to spy on pedestrians below and "pick them up" in your hand, as well as some amazing holograms, great rooftops views and controllable, live city viewcams. There is also the Magic Gallery of Optical Illusions, where you can have a shocking experience in the Electric Room, catch your shadow, or shake hands with your own ghost! July - Aug: 9:30 - 19:30 Sep - Oct: 9:30 - 18:00 Nov - Mar: 10:00 - 17:00 Apr - June: 9:30 - 18:00

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Edinburgh City Centre

The Old Town of Edinburgh is built on a ridge that rises gradually from the Palace of Holyrood to Edinburgh Castle. There are staircase lanes, called Wynds, that lead off this 'Royal Mile' that give the impression of the city being built on multiple levels and buildings that date from the 11th Century. The New Town is also a World Heritage Site with its mix of Georgian town houses and the earliest examples in Europe of tenement flats. The views to be had from the Castle, Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill are dramatic and inspiring.