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Top places to photograph in Brighton & South Downs in 2024

These are the very best Brighton & South Downs Instagram spots, curated by the PhotoHound team. If you've got limited time here, these are the must-see locations to shoot while you're in Brighton & South Downs!

Alfriston village (South Downs NP)

Picturesque medieval village nestled in the Cuckmere Valley, steeped in history, with the imposing church of St Andrew, nicknamed “the cathedral of the South Downs”, and many a quaint cottage.
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Brighton Bandstand

Brighton's only remaining historic bandstand, out of a dozen that used to exist at various locations throughout the city, most of which disappeared by the late 1960s. This one was also on the verge of collapse, but thankfully it was fully restored to its original specification in 2009.
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Beach huts in Hove

This is one of several clusters of beach huts in Hove, the closest to the city centre (you can find more of them further west). Although they are privately owned, there is a strict code regarding their appearance, colour scheme and maintenance, which ensures their consistent look.
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Kingston Ridge (South Downs NP)

One of the most scenic spots in South Downs National Park around Brighton.
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Royal Pavilion and Gardens

Brighton's most recognisable landmark, an extravagant palace finished in early 1800s, which combines Indian influences in the exterior with a Chinese inspired interior design.
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Palace Pier

A view on the Palace Pier from the ‘Donut’ groyne is one of many possible viewpoints on this landmark. Also check the Seafront spot in this guide for more information about the Pier.
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A picturesque historic town about 10 miles west of Brighton in the Adur Valley, situated within South Downs National Park.
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Waterhall Windmill in Patcham

This was the last working windmill to be built in Sussex, in the late 19th century. It's an example of a tower mill, where a rotating cap with sails pivots on a stationary tower built from stone or brick.
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West Pier ruins

One of the city's most iconic and most photographed landmarks, a Victorian pier, now sadly reduced to ruins after a few fires in the past decades.
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View of the i360 Tower

Brighton's newest attraction and landmark, an observation tower designed by the team responsible for the London Eye. Described as the world's first vertical cable car and tallest moving observation tower.
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