Chapel Point and the North Sea Observatory
North Sea Observatory, Chapel Point, Chapel St Leonards, Skegness, PE24 5XA
tel: 01522 552222
The North Sea Observatory, a two million pound attraction and the UK's only purpose built Marine Observatory, can be found at Chapel Point on the northern edge of Chapel St Leonards a few miles north of Skegness.
The dramatic structure was completed in 2018 and is now open all year round and includes the Seascape Cafe, public toilets, art gallery (open during exhibitions or workshops) and exhibits related to the Lincolnshire coast's natural history.
North Sea Observatory Opening Hours
- From 30th July to 4th September - 9am to 6pm
- From 5th September to 30th October - 9am to 5pm
- Winter opening hours to be announced
North Sea Observatory Cafe
The Seascape Cafe is a key part of the buildings attraction and replaces the cafe previously found beside the car park at Chapel Point. The venue can be hired for functions and events outside of normal hours - see the website for details (under construction at the time of writing).
How to Find the North Sea Observatory
The observatory is at the northern edge of Chapel St Leonards and is most easily accessed by turning off the A52 via Skegness Road. At the end of Skegness Road turn left and then immediately right to cross the river and join St Loenards Drive. Follow the road down until you see the observatory, and the Chapel Point Car Park on your right.
Although the location can also be accessed from the North by Anderby Road be aware this is a very narrow road with collapsing verges and best avoided if possible.
Chapel Point and Chapel Point Beach
Once part of a major coastal defence line during the Second Word War, Chapel Point has now been restored, creating an ideal location to enjoy the impressive views of the East Coast. The sandy beach stretches for miles in both directions and, being on the edge of the town, is relatively quite and unspoilt. A row of privately owned beach huts add to the charm.
Chapel Point Beach is dog friendly with no restrictions but note if you walk south you will eventually reach the area which is restricted during the summer season.