A highly popular Lincolnshire seaside resort with bracing air and all manner of entertainments. It was developed as a holiday destination by the 9th Earl of Scarborough in 1877, when he transformed a once tiny fishing village into one of the east coast's most popular resorts.

Skegness Clock Tower
Skegness Clock Tower © Travel About Britain

The railway came to Skegness in the mid 19th-c bringing holidaymakers from the industrial Midlands, resulting in a major boom in tourism. Skegness is so Bracing' was the classic railway advertising slogan encouraging excursions to visit this popular seaside resort.

Today thousands of visitors are still drawn here every year for its miles of wide blue flag beaches, traditional attractions and entertainments and the bustling promenade, with its vast areas of colourful gardens.

Backing onto the promenade are leafy avenues filled with grand Victorian houses, converted into an eclectic assortment of hotels and boarding houses, that cater for increasing numbers of holidaymakers each year.

There is everything here for the sea loving holiday maker to enjoy from amusement arcades, fun fairs and donkey rides to sea food, ice cream and fresh donuts. Why not take a stroll along the pier boardwalk, one of only a few still remaining in the UK.

Skegness Beach and Seafront
Skegness Beach and Seafront © Travel About Britain

Beautiful seafront gardens border a long promenade backed by large stretches of firm sand, sheltered by sand-dunes. Gibraltar Point at the south end of the beach, hosts a nature reserve and bird observatory.

Places of interest to visit in Skegness

The Village Church Farm

Located in a traditional farmhouse and outbuildings, which have been restored to show the life and work of a late 19th-c Lincolnshire farmer. Exhibits cover collections of farm implements, machinery and veterinary equipment. Craft workshops with craft demonstrations and other activities at weekends.

Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am (11am in winter) - Entry by donation
Location: Church Rd S, Skegness PE25 2HF
Tel: 01754 766658
Website: churchfarmvillage.org.uk

Natureland Seal Sanctuary

A marine zoo with seals, sea lions and penguins plus a tropical house with terrapins, snakes, scorpions and crocodiles. There is also an aquarium with tropical and a large fresh water fish. Interest and fun for the whole family.

Opening times: daily from 10am (exc. Xmas) - Admission Charge
Location: North Parade, Skegness PE25 1DB
Tel: 01754 764345
Website: skegnessnatureland.co.uk

Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve

Enjoy access to 1,500 acres of dunes, salt marsh and foreshore, via waymarked routes and guided tours. The field centre is used by naturalists for the study of bird migration. There is a visitor centre and hide from which the seashore can be observed. Patient viewers may get the opportunity to spot sea kestrels and short-eared owls among the many other species of birds. Seals are often sighted on the offshore sandbanks.

Opening times: all year from 10m - Free Entry
Location: Gibraltar Road (3 miles south of Skegness, off Drummond Road).

Skegness Aquarium

This top family attraction provides a journey under the waves, through a fantasy pirate seaworld of sharks, octopus and venomous fishy predators.

Opening times: daily from 10am (exc. Xmas) - Admission Charge
Location: Tower Esplande, Skegness PE25 3HH
Tel: 01754 228200
Website: skegness-aquarium.uk

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