Foredown Water Tower


Foredown Road, Portslade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN41 2EW
From £1.50

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This site is still currently closed to visitors due to the pandemic.

Perched on the edge of the Sussex Downs, Foredown Tower is a beautifully converted Edwardian water tower. Housing the largest operational camera obscura in the South East - a unique optical device that is used to observe the surrounding landscape, sun and sky.

A highlight of a visit is to climb the tower to the viewing room which gives outstanding views over the surrounding countryside and across the Channel.

The Tower is also the perfect starting point for a walk on the Downs. There is a small café for tea, coffee and ice cream and a peaceful garden.

We run a variety of courses see link

Please note that camera demonstrations are dependent on the weather being clear.

Wheelchair access to ground floor only, toilet adapted for wheelchair users. (No access to the camera unfortunately).



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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - for camera£2.50 per ticket
Child - for camera£1.50 per ticket

Free to visit the building



  • Wheelchair user accessible - Wheelchair access to ground floor only, toilet adapted for wheelchair users. (No access to the camera unfortunately)

Attraction Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Please call before to ensure adequate support


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - There is a small café for tea, coffee, ice cream & snacks
  • Picnic area

Children & Infants

  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - Only in the garden.
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Groups welcome
  • LGBT Friendly
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)
  • Railway station within 5 miles

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 20 minutes.
  • Groups Accepted
  • Max group size - 15-20 per demonstration - can split large groups in two

Provider Preferences

  • Countryside Setting
  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction - Pretty garden & picnic tables

Specialist Features

  • Educational Groups
  • Family Fun

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Travel & Trade

  • Room/unit allocations available
  • Wi-fi available

Opening Times

* Please 01273 415625 to check opening times before you plan your visit.

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