North Sea Observatory

The UK’s only purpose-built marine observatory overlooking the North Sea near Skegness with exhibitions, a café, and coast views open all year round.

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Opened in 2018, the North Sea Observatory is a captivating marine observatory and visitors centre perched on top of sand dunes overlooking the North Sea coastline. Located at Chapel Point in the seaside village of Chapel St. Leonards, The North Sea Observatory is the UK's only purpose-built marine observatory. The observatory features an exhibition and art space alongside a café with floor-to-ceiling panoramic views overlooking the sea. The observatory provides visitors with breathtaking coastal views throughout the year, designed to offer a unique and informative experience for those interested in natural environments, wildlife, and the coastal ecosystems in Lincolnshire.

The visitors centre houses informative exhibits focussed on the diverse wildlife and geological features along the Lincolnshire coastline, with interactive displays aiming to raise awareness of the importance of conserving these fragile ecosystems. The North Sea Observatory is also popular with birdwatchers, serving as a great spot for viewing wildlife. The elevated position of the observatory provides an excellent vantage point for spotting rare species of birds. Binoculars can be picked up at the café for viewings. The on-site Seascape Café is a great spot to enjoy a refreshment and soak in the stunning views, either in front of the panoramic glass windows or outside on the terrace. The cafe serves hot drinks, snacks, light lunches, breakfasts, and daily cakes and traybaked delights.

Why not use the North Sea Observatory as a starting point to walk along the Lincolnshire Coastal Path and explore this award-winning stretch of sandy beaches? Whether you walk north or south from the observatory, you’re sure to be welcomed by peaceful beaches and miles of glorious natural coastline.

The observatory also serves as a hub for environmental research and coastal ecosystem monitoring.

A great place to visit throughout the year, whether you want a sunny stroll along a summer beach or a fresh coffee on a cold winter morning, The North Sea Observatory is a fantastic place to visit on the Lincolnshire coast.

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