Foredown Tower

Foredown Tower, Brighton: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Foredown Tower Reviews: 4/5

Foredown Tower
4
Observation Decks & Towers
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

4.0
21 reviews
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Tracy B
4 contributions
Excellent historic water tower
Feb 2020
Great place to visit, disused water tower still with top water storage area repurposed to be a camera obscure. Well worth visiting on a demonstration day. Even without a demo there are great views to see right down to the sea. If the cafe is open you can have a cup of tea and sit in the garden.
Written March 8, 2020
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Matthew P
Brighton and Hove, UK589 contributions
Very Interesting Place
Mar 2018 • Family
Check out this old water tower that's now home to Brightons Camera Obscura. The panoramic views from the top are amazing and the exhibition shares loads of local history. One for the kids on a clear day.
Written October 13, 2018
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toonoflancing
Lancing, UK3 contributions
Waste of time - it's never open
Aug 2018 • Friends
Forget all about the advertised hours; it's not open.

A friend and I used the advertised opening hours and went across there on Friday 3rd August. It was all locked up and there's a rambling uninformative sign on the gate that seems to say you can't come in.
Written August 4, 2018
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RyanHarmany
Brighton, UK21 contributions
Incredible views
Jul 2018 • Solo
Great views, nice staff. Not something to go out of your way to visit, but if you are passing by be sure to pop in.
Written July 4, 2018
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hippyfreddz
St Austell, UK75 contributions
A hidden experience
May 2018 • Couples
Foredown Tower in Hangleton is well worth a visit as a place of interest, as it houses one of the only two Camera Obscure in the south of England. Staffed by enthusiastic volunteers who, for a very small charge, will give a wonderful demonstration of.this unique item.In the big dish you will see all across the Downs looking like a living painted landscape. Open Tuesday's and Thursdays from Easter till September, , but only worth going if the weather is fine.
Written May 18, 2018
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jilliana R
19 contributions
Educational private visit
Apr 2018 • Friends
Peter J. Fishenden excelled himself by giving an informative talk and demonstrating the camera Obscura. Highly recommended.
Written April 14, 2018
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Material M
Brighton, UK35 contributions
Think it is closed
Oct 2017 • Business
The views from the camera obscure are amazing but I;m pretty sure it is closed now, best check with the council. nice walk from there to devils Dyke or Saddlescoombe.
Written October 18, 2017
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doug t
27 contributions
Family Visit only
Sep 2017 • Friends
This is basically a converted water tower. The steep steps take you up into the inside of the water container. It has been converted into an observatory for all about as it is a form of vintage camera. This is fun for young children as it explains the history of water supply in the town and how Victorian technology worked. Set your expectations as you wont spend more than an hour here. Good walks near by.
Written September 16, 2017
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John K
London, UK519 contributions
Science in action
Sep 2016 • Couples
In a converted water tower of all places. Great views of the Downs and the coast in real life from the top of the tower, and even more views via the camera obscura. Despite all the moving images we see all the time, everyone was genuinely excited to see a moving image in front of us via the mirror and the lens, as well as the detailed glimpses all around. Imagine the excitement of seeing moving images before cinema was invented. Go on a bright day. Welcoming informative enthusiastic team there. Nice small cafe too. Google Maps instructions to get there by bus worked; it involved walking across a small field.
Written September 11, 2016
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Thewanderingwinos
Brighton, UK553 contributions
Fascinating Tower
Feb 2016 • Friends
We came here primarily to see the camera obscura, having just seen one in Spain and suddenly realising we had one on our own doorstop. It is run by volunteers and open on Tuesday's, Thursday's and the last Saturday of the month at 11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm and costs £2. It’s best to try and go on a bright, clear day so you really get the best views. It wasn’t as easy to view as the previous one we had been to as the volunteer wanted us to stand at a viewing platform above which meant the image was upside most of the time. If you are tall enough it’s best to actually stand around the screen so you can see the image the right way up. The obscura is in an old water tower that used to supply a hospital nearby which now no longer exists, it’s a fascinating insight into the history of this area, and there is also a café and toilets and you can park outside. Very few of these obscura’s exist so it’s a great opportunity to see one, unless you are a big group you don’t have to book you just turn up, when we went it was just the 3 of us and our volunteer was really knowledgable and passionate.
Written February 28, 2016
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Foredown Tower is open:
  • Tue - Tue 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM