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Illusions of the lens

Fun, Old School, interesting, cool, enlightening, and sweet lady that runs it makes it even better... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2015
New York City, New York
Pint sized attraction

We had trouble locating it until a local guided us to it, nice little feature on the hill, nice... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2015
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 July 2015

Nice little 5 or 10 minute visit when up Douglas head. It's an old fashioned Victorian tourist attraction and has a nice feel to it as such. It's not going to take your breath away with the views you can see anyways but it's a...More

Date of experience: May 2015
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Reviewed 13 July 2015

Quirky and worth the walk/visit. Good views over the harbour and the coast. Friendly and enthusiastic staff

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank Stephen M
Reviewed 26 June 2015

Fun, Old School, interesting, cool, enlightening, and sweet lady that runs it makes it even better. The light was quickly diminishing when we arrived so we got a free look:)

Date of experience: September 2014
Reviewed 9 June 2015

One of few specific things I remembered from last island visit 60 years ago! Staffed by knowledgeable and pleasant volunteers. Nice way to pass an hour before homeward ferry.

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank DAVEnPAMR
Reviewed 5 June 2015

This is worth a visit. Victor robins must have thought this to be the height of advanced visual technology. It is a credit to the Isle of Man that's this place stroll exists at all. In most cities around the world it would have been...More

Date of experience: May 2015
1  Thank Lee-anne W
Reviewed 27 May 2015

We had trouble locating it until a local guided us to it, nice little feature on the hill, nice hike to the top and good picnic spot.

Date of experience: May 2015
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Reviewed 26 May 2015

It is so different to anything that you would expect, it is definitely worth a visit just for the experience.

Date of experience: May 2015
1  Thank Naomi1220
Reviewed 29 April 2015

This place is a must visit if only to make the donation to keep it open. It's historical presence matches the similar camera in Llandudno. The volunteers on the door are so helpful and even though it only takes a few minutes to see inside...More

Date of experience: October 2014
1  Thank krnprck
Reviewed 10 February 2015

The Great Union Camera Obscura, perched high on Douglas Head and overlooking the harbour and magnificent bay, is a must for all visitors to the Isle of Man! The Island's Government bought and refurbished this wonderful piece of Victoriana, saving it for the nation. The...More

Date of experience: August 2014
Thank Antony H
Reviewed 24 September 2014

I concur with what other reviewers have said, that this unique attraction is best visited on a clear day. The Grand Union Camera Obscura (to give it its full name) is situated on Douglas Head overlooking the whole sweep of the bay and is the...More

Date of experience: July 2014
2  Thank gramer999
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29 September 2018|
Response from Sally B | Reviewed this property |
It's only open at weekends, May to September, Saturday 1pm-4pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. If the weather's bad there's nothing to see, so they fly a flag to let you know it's closed.There is also a board outside with extra... More
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Response from dragonara2 | Reviewed this property |
It is only open at the weekends from 2pm till 4pm