Reserves & Observatories

North Sea Observatory

Chapel St Leonards

This spectacular building opened 2018 and is open all year round. A purpose built and accessible marine observatory, it includes exhibitions on the local area, an art space, café, public toilets and car park. It sits on a slight promontory at Chapel Point near Chapel St Leonards. 

  • Cafe / Tea RoomCafe / Tea Room
  • ParkingParking
  • AccessibleAccessible
  • ToiletsToilets
  • Baby FacilitiesBaby Facilities
  • Dogs WelcomeDogs Welcome
  • Groups WelcomeGroups Welcome
  • Meeting FacilitiesMeeting Facilities

Café, gallery and the UK’s only purpose built Marine Observatory.

A purpose built and accessible marine observatory, art space, exhibition venue for work related to the local area and café with public toilets and car park. A visit to the observatory is the perfect start or end to a bracing walk along the beach. The Seascape café is open every day and is noted for its early morning and evening events and dramatic views across the beach. 


Chapel Pit is a great spot for bird watching. Many species of duck in winter as well as grebes, divers and wild swans. In summer breeding species include reed and sedge warblers,  lesser whitethroat, great crested and little grebes. In August and September thousands of swallows and house martins roost in the reedbeds.

what you will see

Great views along the beach from North Sea Observatory but also out to sea. Binoculars are provided in the café.

North Sea Observatory cafe

Seascape Café

Open every day, the popular café is becoming noted for its early morning and evening events. Whether you sit inside in front of the huge windows or outside on the terrace, the views across the beach and sea are spectacular.

North Sea Observatory art

Art Gallery

Open during exhibitions or workshops and exhibits works related to Lincolnshire coast’s natural history and the local area. 

opening times

10:00 - 16:00
9:00 - 16:00

more information

Chapel Six Marshes

Chapel St Leonards


PE24 5XQ


Tel: 01754 873840


Chapel Point Coast

Traditional beach huts and the modern North Sea Observatory sit happily side by side on this vast expanse of beach. Popular with families and with suffers too.