Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve
Gibraltar Point is a dynamic stretch of unspoilt coastline running southwards from the edge of Skegness to the mouth of the Wash.
Known for its impressive views and sheer scale and diversity of wildlife, Gibraltar Point is worth visiting in different seasons to fully appreciate its landscape.
Know before you go
- Visitor Centre
- Nature Centre (find it in the Old Coastguard Station)
- Disabled toilet
- Baby changing facilities
Please note, ticket machines are cash only.
Dogs must be kept on a short lead at all times, including on the beach and foreshore between September and March. No dogs permitted on the beach or foreshore between 1 April to 1 September. Dogs are allowed on the outside veranda of the Visitor Centre, but only guide dogs and assistance dogs are permitted inside the Visitor Centre. Please note there are grazing livestock present.
Most paths around the reserve are accessible for wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility scooters. Download the Countryside for All map under 'Walks and trails' below for details on path surfaces, gradients and facilities.
A cycle track runs alongside Gibraltar Road to the Visitor Centre where there are cycle racks; there is no cycling within the reserve.
Reserve open at all times. Please note, the car park is closed at dusk.
The Visitor Centre and Cafe:
- Winter opening times (1 November to 31 March): open 7 days a week, 10am to 3pm.
- Summer opening times (1 April to 31 October): open 7 days a week, 10am to 4pm. The kitchen closes 30 minutes before closing time.
Please note these times are variable - the Visitor Centre and cafe may close early during bad weather.
Visitor Centre and cafe
The spectacular Visitor Centre has been designed to make the most of the nature reserve's stunning views, with expansive windows facing the dunes and sea, plus a rooftop viewing deck.
The cafe offers delicious hot food and snacks plus a kid's menu. Look out for regular specials and events such as High Tide Breakfasts and Sunset Dinners. Follow us on Facebook so you don't miss out on announcements.
Both cafe and Visitor Centre are fully accessible for wheelchairs. The rooftop deck is not currently accessible for wheelchair users.
The shop stocks a range of wildlife themed homewares and gifts, as well as Opticron binoculars who have produced a range of five Wildlife Trust binoculars, helping to enhance your enjoyment of wildlife.
After your visit, why not pop in to the Old Coastguard Station next door for information, nature quizzes and to chat to our friendly volunteers.
Most paths around the reserve are accessible for wheelchairs, pushchairs and mobility scooters. The Visitor Centre is also fully accessible for wheelchairs apart from the upper rooftop deck which is only accessible by stairs.
Our Visitor Centre staff are also part of the Sunflower Scheme which enables support for people with hidden disabilities.
Watch our video introduction to accessibility at Gibraltar Point below, created as part of the Dynamic Dunescapes project, or for more details on path surfaces, gradients and facilities download the Countryside for All map.
Any organised groups wishing to visit the reserve must fill in a Group Visit Form well in advance (at least 2 months) of their visit. Bookings are restricted to one group per day so that we can manage the reserve and it's facilities, including toilets and car parking, appropriately to make your visit more enjoyable.
To submit a request for a Group Visit Form or for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01754 898079.
Alternatively if you are looking to bring a school group, visit our Education Centre page for information.
There are two car parks at Gibraltar Point - North Car Park and the larger Visitor Centre Car Park. There is a charge of £2 for 2 hours or £5 for the day which covers both car parks.
Ticket machines are cash only.
A combined car parking season ticket for Gibraltar Point and Snipe Dales is available for £15 for 12 months. The season ticket is available at the Snipe Dales Office, Gibraltar Point Visitor Centre or by post from:
Manor House Street
Please make cheques payable to "Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust". Mark your envelope CPST and enclose a stamped addressed envelope.
Location and contact details
Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve
Please note, this postcode is for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves.
OS Map Reference: TF 556 581
Visitor Centre and cafe:
Reserve and wildlife enquiries:
Habitats and species
Gibraltar Point impresses by its sheer scale and diversity of wildlife but to appreciate it fully you need to see it in different seasons.
In spring, the first of the migrants stop off to refuel or establish territories. In summer, little terns may be seen fishing in the shallows and skylarks are in full song above the purple haze of the saltmarshes. In autumn, huge whirling flocks of waders can be seen on the high tides. And in winter, brent geese, shorelark and snow bunting can be seen as well as flocks of redwing and fieldfare.
There are 19 official Bird Observatories throughout Britain, of which Gibraltar Point was one of the earliest starting up in 1949. These observatories allow long-term monitoring of bird populations and migration to be recorded from a defined area.
The work of the observatory is carried out voluntarily by local and visiting ornithologists. The observatory also fulfils a valuable training role in bird ringing, with residential training courses held almost every year.
Thanks to the work from these volunteers, we have been able to collect valuable information about the movements, condition and population of visiting birds, all essential for framing and implementing measures for conservation.
Walks and trails
There a number of accessible paths through Gibraltar Point. The Lincolnshire County Council Countryside for All leaflet details path surfaces, gradients, cross-slopes as well as the location of seats, steps and gates.
Download the maps below to plan your next visit.
Keep in touch
Follow the Gibraltar Point team on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news, search for an upcoming event, or take a look at the most recent sightings on the Bird Observatory blog.