A distinctly British seaside town, Skegness has been a favourite amongst holidaymakers for centuries. In fact, it would be fair to say that Skegness is totally steeped in holiday history. Becoming the destination of choice when Poet Laureate Lord Tennyson wished to enjoy some downtime, the Duke of Edinburgh famously opened its celebrated pier in 1881, and the world’s first Butlins holiday park was opened in Skegness back in 1936.
Exuding Britishness, Skegness has, rather unsurprisingly, struck a chord with international travellers as well as the staycation crowd – the celebrated American author Bill Bryson once described the town as “the most traditional of any English seaside resort I have encountered”.
Far from being a thing of the past, though, this part of the Lincolnshire coast remains an attractive destination for summer getaways and coach holidays.
Indeed, tourism in Skegness has grown steadily over the last few years and is now worth an estimated £1.47bn.
Not bad for a small fishing town that only started to attract visitors after the railway arrived in the late nineteenth century.
What is there to do in Skegness?
Presided over by a jolly fisherman statue - a fitting mascot for such a cheerful town - Skegness abounds with possibilities.
There’s an abundance of chip shops competing for the ‘Best Chip Shop in Skegness’ title and miles of clean beaches to try them for yourself. Donkey rides and 2p machines are available for classic seaside entertainment. Or, get a thrill out of an entire afternoon at the theme park, seal sanctuary and even the aquarium.
Between the North and South Parades there’s also a boating lake, mini golf course, botanical gardens, and various restaurants to enjoy.
At night, the Pleasure Beach lights up to form a suitably theatrical backdrop for a trip to the theatre, the Embassy in particular is a great place to visit for year-round entertainment. From comedy to music performances and pantomime, there’s something for everyone to look forward to.
What is there do in Skegness for Adults?
Whilst it may be renowned as a family-friendly destination, Skegness has plenty to offer its grown-up visitors.
During a coach holiday to Skegness, for instance, we take our customers to the historic port and market town of Boston to visit Botolph’s Church. Better known as ‘the Boston Stump’, the Anglican church is one of the largest in England and was famously used as a landmark by sailors.
From Boston, our trips head to Ayscoughfee Hall Museum. A Grade II listed medieval house, the hall often hosts theatrical performances and art exhibitions to make visiting it that bit more special.
Some of our coach tours of Skegness also visit nearby Lincoln to pack in even more excursions during a holiday to England’s seaside capital. From the magnificent Cathedrals that tower over the medieval city to the winding cobblestone streets full of artisan cafes and pretty antique stores, visitors have the chance to experience the best of the county town before heading to the Lincolnshire Wolds where things slow down a pace.
Here, travellers will be welcomed in by rolling landscapes and can appreciate for themselves the surroundings that inspired Tennyson to create some of his most memorable poetry. It’s not all lush landscapes and grand oak trees, though. A stop at Louth allows visitors to discover a superbly preserved German market town at the foot of the Wolds. As well as being a fantastic place for a stroll, Louth is another site of historic significance. More specifically, it’s here that the Lincolnshire Rising began back in 1536 inside of St James Church. This tall-spired church can still be visited today and provides another glimpse into the rich history of the area.
Rounding off the excursion to the quieter parts of Lincolnshire, our coaches travel through the shores of the River Lud before crossing the mighty Humber Bridge on the return to Skegness. The longest single span suspension bridge in the world following its construction in 1981, there’s no better way of experiencing this engineering marvel than from up high in a coach.
The Village Church Farm closer to Skegness provides an intriguing insight into the rich agricultural history of the area. Lincolnshire’s only open-air museum, there’s plenty of machinery and architecture to get absorbed by. There’s also a traditional tearoom, gardens and an orchard to enjoy during a visit here.
Skegness is also a fantastic destination to enjoy one of our Turkey & Tinsel coach holidays. Hosted at the County Hotel, our customers are welcome to enjoy their Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in true 1930s art deco style. Only a short walk from the town’s standout attractions, it’s possible to combine the festivities with a collection of exciting sightseeing excursions.
What’s Special About Visiting Skegness by Coach?
Coach holidays to Skegness are ultimately about enjoying everything that the British seaside has become famous for.
Thanks to its maritime climate, Skegness enjoys sunny summers which have helped to earn it the reputation for being the “drier side of Britain”.
Its location in Lincolnshire also makes Skegness an ideal destination for coach holidays that include visits to historic cathedrals and castles.
Ultimately, coach trips to Skegness remind Britons that they needn’t jet off in summer when there’s so much to enjoy at home.