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Outlook Tower is located on the Royal Mile across from Edinburgh Castle, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Maria Short installed the Camera Obscura in this former townhouse in the 1850’s. She operated the entire facility as a scientific museum. The structure became known as “Outlook Tower” in 1892, when Patrick Geddes purchased it and invited the public to view Short’s unique piece of photographic technology. The building then went through several changes of ownership. Today, the one-of-a-kind camera sits atop the building’s top floor. The World of Illusions, world-renowned as a magical illusionary museum, occupies the rest of the fascinating building.

  • Check out Outlook Tower’s Camera Obscura and its virtual tour of Edinburgh, along with galleries that showcase pinhole photography and holograms.
  • Marvel at the wonders in the World of Illusions at Outlook Tower, as well as its interactive exhibits such as a giant vortex tunnel, “shrink and grow room,” magic gallery, and inimitable light show.
  • Watch people on the Edinburgh Vision’s view cams, located in Outlook Tower, which you can control to follow unsuspecting subjects as they go about their daily business.

The city of Edinburgh is accessible by airplane or train. Edinburgh International Airport welcomes flights from around the world. The city’s Waverley Railway Station services trains from Scotland and the United Kingdom. Within Edinburgh, tourists most often use buses, taxicabs, or trains for getting to the suburbs. Buses stop at Market Street or George IV Bridge, both of which are nearby Outlook Tower. Once you are close to the area, you can’t miss the tall white Outlook Tower. Its address is 549 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh.

Hotels near Outlook Tower

137 hotels near Outlook Tower

1 The Inn Place

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

20-30 Cockburn Street Map

Located in one of Edinburgh's finest old streets right in the centre of this beautiful city, The Inn Place boasts 27 newly built bedrooms. Some have spectacular views of the city and the olde... More

2 Apex Waterloo Place Hotel and Spa

4 stars
4.8 / 5 49 reviews

23-27 Waterloo Place Map

The Apex Waterloo Place Hotel Edinburgh enjoys a prestigious location at the east end of Princes Street, just minutes from both transport links and city amenities. The recently opened luxury... More

3 Haggis Hostel

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

5West Register Street Map

The hostel is newly refurbished, modern and high-spec, but more importantly, right in the heart of Edinburgh! You can see Princes Street, Edinburgh's main shopping thorough fare, from the... More

4 The Place

4 stars
4.2 / 5 9 reviews

34-38 York Place Map

Whether in Edinburgh for a business trip or a much-awaited break, discerning travellers find it convenient to stay in the comfortable and ideally located accommodations of The Place Edinburgh.... More

5 Apex International

4 stars
4.4 / 5 35 reviews

31-35 Grassmarket Map

Situated in the centre of the old city with views over Edinburgh Castle, the Apex International Hotel Edinburgh is the perfect place for a city break. The Camera Obscura & World of Illusions is... More

6 Ballantrae West End Hotel

3 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews

6 Grosvener Street Map

Housed in a terraced Georgian building, Ballantrae West End Hotel Edinburgh welcomes travellers in a reception hall that features period pieces, inviting atmosphere and high ceilings. This... More

7 Queens Guest House

4 stars
3.5 / 5 4 reviews

45 Queen Street Map

Housed in a restored Georgian building, Queens Guest House Edinburgh offers a suitable base with tasteful accommodations, gracious hospitality and central location in Edinburgh. This family-owned... More

8 Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh

4 stars
4.3 / 5

11 Bristo Place Map

With a fusion of classic architecture, tasteful accommodations and central location, Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh creates an ideal base for discerning travellers seeking to explore the historic Scotland... More

9 Grassmarket Hotel

3 stars
4.4 / 5 14 reviews

94-96 Grassmarket Map

The Grassmarket Hotel is excellently situated for those wishing to enjoy a city break. The Grassmarket area of the city, named after an ancient market place, is as bustling as ever with its pubs,... More

10 Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 25 reviews

61 Grassmarket Map

The Apex City Hotel Edinburgh is located right at the heart of the Old City on Grassmarket - an area famed for its vibrant restaurants and nightlife. On the doorstep are Edinburgh's must see... More