North Sea Observatory

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.

Access Point: North Sea Observatory, Chapel Point, St Leonards Drive, Chapel St Leonards PE24 5XA


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.

MID_7185 Chapel NSO (66)
MID_7185 Chapel NSO (47)

What you will see

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

Eating Here

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.

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MID_7185 Chapel NSO (7)

Exhibitions & Events

The art space has a regularly changing series of exhibitions and the café puts on special events.

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.

MID_6691 Chapel point (162)LR
MID_7757 Theddlethorpe Dunes (52)

Nearby Walks

Walk up the coast to the beaches and reserves at Chapel Pit, Chapel Six Marsh and Wolla Bank.

Chapel Marsh Pit Nature Reserve

A flooded former clay pit with marginal reedbeds, good birdwatching year round.

North Sea Observatory

Bird Watching

Beach Picnics