Despite having tonsillitis this week, I didn’t want it to affect my Edinburgh trip with the college. We left bright and early on Tuesday morning to spend the day in one of my favourite cities. Although I was only there for 5hrs; Christina and I managed to fit in quite a lot of things.

We decided to take a look round the Scottish National Gallery whilst we decided what we fancied doing for the rest of the day. There was some beautiful and rather stunning paintings that is worth looking at. It’s always one of the first things that come up in the search engine for Edinburgh and I can understand why. Not a lot of the tourist attractions is free in Edinburgh, however, the National Gallery is free to walk around all the different rooms.

After having a walk round the Gallery, we had a look round all the tacky touristy shops and popped into M&S for a quick lunch. I picked up some of those rubber ‘I ♥ Scotland’ bands, a sheep and a flag. I’ve renamed the sheep Baa which I think is hilarious.

One of the main reasons, I was super excited for this trip is because I’ve wanted to go to Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura & World of Illusions for the longest time and I finally managed to do it! You do have to pay a bit of money to go into it but it’s the best thing ever and it is so interactive for all ages, not just the children. It’s best to start at the top and work your way down which is exactly what we did. We went to the Camera Obscura Show first which was ran by a rather funny guy called Dougal, I loved how interactive he was with visitors! It’s a dark room with a large table and a beam of light. Edinburgh appears on the table and you can have a look round the whole of the city in real time. You can even scoop the people up using white pieces of card and splat them back down on the the table!

You can view panoramic views of Edinburgh when you go outside and even grab a telescope or pair of binoculars to get a closer look around Edinburgh and its famous sites. The rest of the attraction was packed full of classic illusions and experiments, light fantastic visuals, mirror mazes, a light tunnel, view cams of the city and, of course, a gift shop. I highly recommend a visit just for a good laugh for an hour or two because it was honestly one of the best things I’ve done. There are so many more pictures over on my Instagram.

We didn’t have much time left after the Camera Obscura but we decided to walk into the Old Town of Edinburgh and stumbled across a street full of Harry Potter inspired shops including the Museum Context which is filled to the brim of fully licensed Harry Potter merchandise. There was even an opportunity to pretend to be a witch or wizard at the very top. Before heading back to the coach, we popped into a rustic pub called Biddy Mulligans for a drink.

Have you ever been to the Camera Obscura? What’s your top places to visit in Edinburgh?

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