Spotlight on Sussex: Cameras at the ready…

Ahead of World Photography Day, we’re taking a closer look at some of Sussex’s most photogenic destinations – dramatic coastline, rolling landscapes, and modernist architecture. We’ve compiled ten of our favourite photo-worthy spots, but the list could have been much, MUCH longer!

What are you waiting for? Stay modern, stay Sussex – grab your camera, venture out and explore what’s on our doorstep.

Firle Beacon

Is it possible to take a bad picture of Firle Beacon? I suspect not. Only one way to find out though. High above the village of Firle in the South Downs National Park, the Beacon is home to a Neolithic tomb, and can be accessed using one of the many footpaths leading up from the village.

© SDNP / Mount Caburn

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

This striking red-roofed hut has found itself in more than one photo over the years! The coastal landscape here is wild – think shingle, saltmarsh, lagoons and reedbeds. If wildlife photography is your thing, you won’t be disappointed – there are estimated to be over 4500 species of plants and animals, many endangered, here at the Nature Reserve.

© Barry Yates / Sussex Wildlife Trust

Kingley Vale

A walk through Kingley Vale offers up many an opportunity to snap a rolling panorama of the Sussex landscape; but perhaps more impressive is the forest and it’s ancient trees – thought to be some of the oldest in Britain. Grab your camera, and get up close and personal.


Devil’s Dyke

In Sussex, the landscape does not get much more dramatic than Devil’s Dyke with it’s plunging valleys and sweeping views. Just outside of Brighton, this legendary part of the South Downs National Park is the UK’s longest, deepest and widest ‘dry valley’, thought to have been formed some 10,000 years ago in the last ice age.


Chichester Festival Theatre

Bold. Modern. Stylish. The Modernist architecture (Grade II listed) of Chichester Festival Theatre is begging to be photographed  – whether you’re capturing the building in all it’s glory or zooming in on those brutalist architectural details, photo opportunities abound here.

© Philip Vile

Long Furlong

Located outside of Worthing, not far from Cissbury Ring, the Long Furlong is a favourite photographic destination in the South Downs National Park. It’s easy to see why!


Cuckmere Haven

The Cuckmere Haven flood plains are where the Cuckmere River runs in to the English Channel. The beach at Cuckmere Haven is right next to the famous chalk cliffs, Seven Sisters. This area of Sussex is not shy in offering up a breathtaking vista or two and a day here with your camera would not be a day wasted!


Seven Sisters

This is where the South Downs meets the sea, where the rolling Sussex landscape crashes  head on with dramatic coastline. Describing the chalk cliffs of Seven Sisters as iconic is almost an understatement. The Seven Sisters Country Park is part of the South Downs National Park, and if you take the time to explore the area, you’re sure to be rewarded with that unique shot.

© Jennifer Grindley / Sussex Modern

De La Warr Pavilion

One of the finest examples of Modernist architecture on the south coast, the Grade I listed De La Warr Pavilion has a prime seafront location. The Pavilion was designed by architects Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff and opened in 1935; nearly a century later, it still feels as modern. For more photo opportunities, venture inside and explore design details such as the spiral staircase.

© De La Warr Pavilion

Rathfinny Wine Estate

It’s hard to find a vineyard in Sussex that doesn’t have impressive views, but Rathfinny is among the best! The added bonus being that after a hard day’s photography, you can sit back with a glass of Sussex Sparkling and admire the view the old-fashioned way.

To explore more local vineyards, click here.

© Viv Blakey


Whilst we enjoy all that the landscape offers, let’s remain mindful of our impact and respect, protect and enjoy Sussex. Be a responsible visitor and find out more about the Countryside Code.


Join the dots

Don’t forget to check out our route planner for more art, landscape and wine destinations to explore in Sussex – with or without your camera! Simply join the dots, map your own route and off you go.

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