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Check out this old water tower that's now home to Brightons Camera Obscura. The panoramic views... read more

Reviewed October 13, 2018
Matthew P
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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This is basically a converted water tower. The steep steps take you up into the inside of the water... read more

Reviewed September 16, 2017
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Reviewed September 16, 2017

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.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed September 11, 2016

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.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank John K
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Reviewed February 28, 2016

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.

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed September 9, 2015

A bit difficult to find but worth it.
We went with our children who loved it.
Fascinating to see the camera obscura working.

Date of experience: April 2015
1  Thank Chris T
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Reviewed August 5, 2015

I'm sure that this would be a lovely attraction if it were open. It's a bit of a schlep out of Brighton so to get there and find a piece of paper on the gate telling you it's shut all summer 2015 was somewhat annoying. Not a great start to the day out in Brighton. It looks like a lot of money was spent fixing it up so to have shut due to staff shortages is a bit odd. Surely somebody could be found to man it?

Date of experience: August 2015
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