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“A Beautifully Restored Victorian Relic”
Review of Camera Obscura

Ranked #18 of 46 things to do in Douglas
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 13 July 2017

As it is only open at weekends you must time your visit well. However, it is a fascinating living and breathing museum set in a delightful location set over the harbour on Douglas Head.. The pride that the volunteers have in this restored attraction is clearly evident. The displays within are memorising and the clarity of the images is very good. I was glad I visited. There is a small charge to go in but I believe it was worth it.
These types of attractions are very rare now and it is fantastic that this one has been restored to a very high standard. I was pleased to make a donation in addition to the small admission charge.
Just be advised that a note on the brochure states that poor weather conditions may mean it may not open.
There is no public transport to it although it can be reached be car. If on foot then be prepared for some quite steep gradients and steep stairs/steps.

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Reviewed 13 July 2017

This is a very unusual Camera Obscura which was designed with 12 lenses although only 11 are now working.The Curators are very welcoming and informative and must be admired for their voluntary contribution. Although a little out of the way if you don't have transport it is worth the 15 minute walk each way. An attraction not to be missed!

Thank Daniel W
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

Don't expect to find the Camara Obscura open when you turn up! I think it is only open half a day Saturday and/or Sunday..but then it says on the outside it is run by volunteers so that is why!

Thank chrisecart
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Reviewed 27 May 2017

Although tiny and only open in the afternoons at weekends, this was an unusual place. Only £1 for seniors and we could watch the wind blowing the grasses and the waves bobbing up outside without getting cold or wet. A credit to the volunteers who keep it running.

Thank dragonara2
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Reviewed 24 May 2017

This is an amazing little place to visit, the first moving pictures......it is great condition and worth going to see.

Thank Hilary H
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