Gibraltar Point

Gary Mantle

Gibraltar Point

Barrie Wilkinson

Gibraltar Point

Richard Doan

Gibraltar Point Visitor and Education Centre

John Creedy

Gibraltar Point

Matthew Roberts

Sandy, muddy seashores, sand-dunes, salt marshes and fresh water habitats on the Lincolnshire coast.


Gibraltar Road
PE24 4SU

OS Map Reference

TF 556 581
A static map of Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve

Know before you go

437 hectares

Parking information

There is a car parking charge of £2 for 2 hours or £5 for all day, seasonal passes are available

Grazing animals

Cattle and sheep

Walking trails

Several waymarked routes available


Most paths are level and well surfaced but may be muddy at times, some hides are accessible for wheelchairs


On a lead
Dogs are not permitted on the beach and foreshore from 1 April - 1 September


Visitor centre
Bird hides
Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities

When to visit

Opening times

Reserve open at all times
The Visitor Centre is open daily from 10am - 4pm (last food orders 3.30pm); please note, during very bad weather the Visitor Centre and cafe may close early

Best time to visit

January to December

About the reserve

PLEASE NOTE: The car parks and toilets are open. The Visitor Centre is open daily from 10am - 4pm (last food orders 3.30pm); please follow the measures in place to ensure the safety of everyone. This includes wearing a face mask until you're seated and filling in the Track & Trace information before you order. Events have been cancelled to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers. The nature reserve will remain open. Find our full statement please visit our Coronavirus update page.

Gibraltar Point is a dynamic stretch of unspoilt coastline running southwards from the edge of Skegness to the mouth of the Wash. Covering 1,100 acres of pristine coastline and recognised as an area of international importance, the reserve extends about three miles along the Lincolnshire coast from Skegness to the entrance of the Wash. Sandy and muddy seashore, sand dunes, saltmarsh and freshwater marsh with ponds and lagoons are home to a rich assemblage of coastal wildflowers and many birds. The Visitor Centre includes a cafe and gift shop, also residential field centre and bird hides.

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, wildfowl include brent geese, shelduck, wigeon and teal, with birds of prey including hen harrier, merlin and owls. Visinle migration can be impressive during spring and autumn.

Please visit our main Gibraltar Point page for further information.

Location: Gibraltar Point is about 3 miles south of Skegness - follow the brown tourist signs. The nearest bus and train stations are in Skegness. It is possible to arrange a bus to Gibraltar Point using the CallConnect service.

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Environmental designation

National Nature Reserve (NNR)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)