LincolnshireSKEGNESSStMatthew(richardcroftCC-BY-SA2.0)1 RichardCroft

St Matthew

Lovingly known as 'the church on the roundabout', thanks to the 9th Earl of Scarborough who donated the land for the church to be built at the focal point of the town.

Skegness, Lincolnshire

Opening times

Monday to Friday 9am to 12noon.


Lumley Avenue
PE25 2AT

The location was fine when the fastest vehicle was horse drawn, today getting to church can be more intrepid than Lord Scarborough intended!

St Matthew’s was built in the 1880s in the Victorian age. It is a Grade II listed building of the early English style and built with Ancaster stone.

It followed the Gothic style but due to unsuitable foundations, a bell tower could not be included. And so a west turret was added which today houses the peal of six bells.

The organ, built by Rushworth and Draper is recognised as one of the best in the country and has recently had extensive repairs.

On a sunny day the church is bathed in colour from its stained glass windows, which include one by Comper that depicts St Francis of Assisi. A small strawberry is hidden in the glass and visitors are challenged to spot it! The east windows are memorials to the 9th and 10th Earls of Scarborough and date from 1948, replacing others that were war damaged.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Train station within 250m

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • Level access throughout

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Café in church

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Church of England

Contact information

Other nearby churches

St Clement

Skegness, Lincolnshire

It is believed the first parish church of Skegness was built in 1280, but this was destroyed in the flood of 1526.

St Mary

Winthorpe, Lincolnshire

A well loved 14th and 15th century stone church.

St Peter & St Paul

Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire

During WWII Butlins holiday camp was named HMS Royal Arthur and today the church has a Royal Arthur chapel with a memorial stained glass window.