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Great Union Camera Obscura

The Great Union Camera Obscura is a Victorian landmark located at Douglas Head. Built in 1887, the camera obscura comprises of a darkened room of 11 lenses and mirror which enables visitors to view the surrounding area. Enjoy a 360 degree view of Douglas Harbour, the lighthouse and seascape.

The camera was originally built for astronomy but was also used for people-watching the tourists at the swimming baths or courting couples along the promenade, a popular form of Victorian entertainment. The Isle of Man’s Great Union Camera Obscura is one of only 4 remaining in the British Isles.

Free to visit – watch out for the Flag flying above the building which marks whether the attraction is open. Weather permitting.

Open from May until mid-September, Saturdays 1pm - 4pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am - 4pm. Disabled access is limited and there is ample parking close to the attraction.

Address: Douglas Head, Douglas, IM1 5BY