Please call and check opening times before arranging your visit to Foredown Tower. 

Address: Foredown Road, Brighton, Portslade, BN41 2EW
Tel: 01273 415625
Foredown Tower Learning Center at East Sussex

Enjoy a visit to Foredown Tower
Fully refurbished and open as a visitor and Adult Learning Centre with a small café and peaceful garden, this converted Edwardian water tower is famous for housing the largest Camera Obscura in the South East.

What’s here?
The first floor of the building has a classroom, home to some of our Art and Access courses whilst also perfect for business ‘away days’. There is also a gallery space with regular photography and art exhibitions. Both areas are available for hire as an alternative learning space or as a unique event venue.

The top floor is home to the viewing gallery (up a 47 step spiral staircase) with stunning 360 degree views of the coast, South Downs and across the city.

Foredown Tower Alternative Learning Space

“Foredown Tower truly is an alternative learning space, set in gorgeous South Downs countryside with amazing views around Sussex. Our learners, many of whom did not necessarily have the best memories of school, feel liberated to enjoy and learn in a unique environment with a supportive atmosphere and a team focused on their success.” – Nick Fenn, Vice Principal, PACA Adult Learning

Where is it?
Perched on the edge of the South Downs in Hangleton, just off the A27 and within easy reach of the no 6 bus, the water tower was built in 1909 to serve the nearby isolation hospital. There is a map below.

What is A Camera Obscura?
A Camera Obscura (Latin: darkened chamber) is an optical device, based on the pinhole camera, but using a lens and a mirror instead of a pinhole to project a moving, coloured image onto a screen in a darkened room.  Volunteers provide demonstrations for a small donation and are very knowledgeable about the history of the area.

The Tower makes a great starting or stop off point for South Downs walkers and cyclists. There is a toilet and there is parking outside.  We are happy to take bookings for groups.  Unfortunately there is not wheelchair access available to the Obscura, we apologise.

Drop in or book Foredown Tower
For details of demonstration times, room hire and opening times, please use the following form, email the Site Coordinator: or call us on 01273 415625.

Volunteering opportunities
The Tower is run by a wonderful group of volunteers who maintain the centre, give tours and demos, tend the garden and run the café.

Volunteering at Foredown Tower Alternative Learning Space

If you would like to volunteer at Foredown Tower, email the Site Coordinator: or call us on 01273 415625.

Upcoming Courses at Foredown Tower
ID Course Name Duration Start Date
FE058 Access to Health Studies and Social Care 34 Weeks 30 April 2020

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