10 Best Things To Do In Skegness, England

best things to do in skegness uk

If you want to experience a traditional English seaside town, without the hustle and bustle of tourists, then Skegness is the perfect place to go. Although it’s not as popular as it was in its hay-day, opening the first ever Butlins holiday resort in 1936, Skegness has still retained much of the charm that drew people to the town in the first place. Whether you want to ride native horses at Willow or Orchard Farm, relax on a quiet beach like Anderby Creek, or try out the various fish and chip shops England is so well known for, you will be in for the full traditional English countryside life that Skegness gives.

1. Skegness Pier

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Your first stop in Skegness should be the famous landmark, the Skegness Pier! Opened to the public in 1881, this iconic structure provides amazing coastal views and hosts traditional arcades, bowling and even Lazer-quest! One of the best places to go for your children to have hours of fun, while you can relax on the benches bordering the pier, overlooking the beaches. If you plan on having lunch here, be careful of the seagulls!

Skegness Pier

Address: Grand Parade, Skegness, PE25 2UE

Phone: +44 1754767376

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-9pm, Sat-Sun: 9am-10pm/11pm

Website: Skegness Pier

2. Natureland Seal Sanctuary

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If you want to make some amazing memories, one of the best places to go in Skegness is the Natureland Seal Sanctuary. Here you can get up close and personal with these adorable sea creatures! Many of the seals they rescue are usually little seal pups that wash up on the beach, either separated from their family or rejected by their mother, when you visit you can make a donation to their Sanctuary and even sponsor and adopt one of the seals! The Seal Sanctuary has not only rehabilitated seals, but has also taken in dolphins, whales, seabirds and even a walrus! A standard adult ticket will set you back 12 USD and a child ticket at 8 USD.

Natureland Seal Sanctuary

Address: N Parade, Skegness, PE25 1DB

Phone: +44 1754764354

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 10am-4:30pm

Website: Natureland Seal Sanctuary

3. Skegness Beach

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Skegness Beach has been often described as the ‘old-fashioned seaside’ with the fish and chip shops not far away, the pier and arcades; it imitates the entertainment that has lasted from the 1960s all the way to the present day! The sandy beach has very clean water and is great for wonderful long walks if you can’t brave the cold waters! Although dogs are not allowed on the beach during the summer months, you can still enjoy a range of activities, from swimming to surfing and even kayaking!

Skegness Beach

Address: Grand Parade, Skegness, PE25 2UE

Phone: +44 1754763697

Website: Skegness Beach

4. Skegness Aquarium

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Another must-do activity when visiting an old seaside town! The Skegness Aquarium not only has a nice collection of fish and sea life, but you can also take part in an adrenaline fueled event at the Shark Dive experience. In this activity you can to dive down to the depths and see fearsome black tip reef sharks and curious zebra sharks, all under the watchful eye of an experienced instructor. If you book online you can get a 10% discount off your tickets - adult tickets are approximately 10-13 USD and child tickets at 8-11 USD.

Skegness Aquarium

Address: Tower Esplande, Skegness, PE25 3HH

Phone: +44 1754228200

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 10am-5pm

Website: Skegness Aquarium

5. Orchard Farm

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The Orchard Farm Riding Centre not only provides short lessons for beginners, but it welcomes all levels of experience and you can plan an amazing riding trip on the beach, led by friendly instructors. Imagine trotting down the beach, running through the edge of the water. An experience like this makes memories and can inspire your children, or even yourself, to take up a new sport with a magnificent animal. Orchard Farm makes this easy, often giving discounts and special offers on their holidays and lessons, even providing accommodation if you buy the full package! Normal lessons will cost adults 22 USD and children around 20 USD. If you want to go for the 2 hour beach ride, this will cost you 55-60 USD each.

Orchard Farm

Address: Orchard Farm, W End, Skegness, PE24 5PA

Phone: +44 1754872319

Website: Orchard Farm

6. Skegness Model Village

Skegness Model Village
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One of Skegness’s old attraction, this perfect model village, with its humorous signs, has been a staple in the seaside town for a very long time! Although small, many of its visitors are taken by its charm and deem it a place that you have to visit at least once when you come to Skegness! The miniature buildings are also incredibly popular with children, many of the reviews of this place have constantly praised it for the effect it’s had on their kids and how much fun they had. If you’re on a budget, this attraction is by far the cheapest on the list, at approximately 3 USD for adults and 1.50 USD for children!

Skegness Model Village

Address: S Parade, Skegness, PE24 3HN

Phone: +44 7927961048

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 10am-6pm

Website: Skegness Model Village

7. Dobson's Mill

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The Dobson’s Mill is fully restored and working, you can even watch it grind wholewheat flour and barley! With enthusiastic volunteers, you can come here to learn about some local history while indulging in the homemade tea and cakes they have to offer! A grade I listed building, the mill has been on site since 1810, some historians speculate, but the current tower was most likely built in 1844, you can even see pictures that structure a timeline from all the family that have owned the mill! With free entry and a lot of free parking, this makes a pleasant afternoon!

Dobson's Mill

Address: 73 High St, Burgh le Marsh, Skegness PE24 5JZ

Phone : +44 1754811267

Opening Hours: Wed, Sat-Sun: 1pm-4:30pm

Website: Dobson’s Mill

8. Willow Farm Holidays

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Situated in a small hamlet, Willow Farm provides a wonderful pony experience! If you’re an experienced rider or just starting out, they will have something for you! Not only will you get to know the ponies, but those who commonly come here end up making new friends with other riders and animals! There are also hens and goats and other little critters at Willow Farm! Each week at Willow Farm changes according to the age and the ability of the riders attending, being quite isolated, they have small quiet lanes where you can become comfortable riding and trotting along, even taking part in doing jumps and winning prizes that you can take home! Obviously on the more expensive side, prices vary from 180-400 USD depending on the time of the year and the duration of your riding holiday!

Willow Farm Holidays

Address: Thorpe Fendykes, Wainfleet All Saints, Skegness PE24 4QH

Phone: +44 1754830316

Website: Willow Farm Holidays

9. Anderby Creek

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You can find this beach in an un-spoilt seaside hamlet on the North Sea. Like Willow Farm, it sits in Wainfleet, just one stop before Skegness, which you can easily reach on the train! If you want to get away from the noisy arcades and the packed seaside front of the main Skegness Beach, then Anderby Creek is the perfect place to come for some quiet relaxation. With a quiet beach cafe to grab an ice cream, and a few more pubs only a few minute’s walk away, you can easily spend the whole day in this quiet English countryside paradise!

Anderby Creek

Address: Thorpe Fendykes, Wainfleet All Saints, Skegness PE24 4QH

Website: Anderby Creek

10. Skegness Clock Tower

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Only 2 minutes away from this beach, Skegness Clock Tower is the iconic centerpiece to this traditional seaside town, many tourists stop off here to get their signature photos! Although it’s not famous like the Eiffel Tower or Big Ben, the Skegness Clock Tower holds much sentiment with the town residents as it has stood in its centre since 1899 and is one of the most distinctive landmarks on the Lincolnshire Coast.

Skegness Clock Tower

Address: Lumley Rd, Skegness PE25 2UN

Phone: +44 1754830316

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours every day

Website: Skegness Clock Tower

Traditional seaside life!

Going to Skegness, you really learn how to live like a local! Taking part in the national loved sport of horse-riding, indulging in the fish and chips, spending all your change at the old-fashioned arcades and going on fun rides at the summer carnivals, you can make some amazing memories here! If you haven’t been outside the city in a while and just want to get away from it all, Skegness is perfect as its last census counted approximately 25,000 residents, so you can really enrich yourself in small-town living by spending a week, or even a weekend, in this forgotten seaside paradise!

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