Chapel St Leonards
near Skegness on the Lincolnshire Coast

Chapel Point and the North Sea Observatory

The North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards

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

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.

Chapel Point Beach Looking North Chapel Point Beach Looking South