Chapel St Leonards

Lincolnshire North Sea Observatory now open

The UK’s first purpose-built marine observatory in Lincolnshire is now open after a month of delays.

The brand new North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards opened its doors to the public on Monday, July 30 after unforeseen delays, including the discovery of Second World War bombs and unknown historical sea defences, as well as additional fire measures preventing it from being ready.

The new building, which was originally set to open to the public on June 22, includes information and exhibitions on the local area’s rich natural history, an art space, a cafe and public toilets.

North Sea Observatory. Photo: Lincolnshire County Council

The observatory will be open all year round, with the following opening hours:

July 30 to September 4 – 9am to 6pm
September 5 to October 30 – 9am to 5pm

Winter openings hours are yet to be confirmed.