The town of Grimsby and the nearby seaside resort of Cleethorpes are located on the east coast, just below the Humber Estuary. The town originated as a Viking settlement during the 9th-c and steadily grew into an important fishing port.

Grimsby Dock Tower and Fish Dock
Grimsby Corporation Bridge © Travel About Britain

The arrival of the railway in 1848 transformed the medieval port into one of the largest fishing and trading centres in England. Although the industry peaked around 1950, and is now in decline, Grimsby's fishermen still supply the local markets. In Fish Dock Road, near the port, old Victorian warehouses are now used for refrigerated storage. Grimsby's famous landmark, a 300ft Italianate Dock Tower (near the harbour entrance), was modeled on the tower of Siena's Palazzo Pubblico (Italy).

The 13th-c medieval Church of St James, located in the old town area, is one of the finest in Lincolnshire. Not all the stonework is original, including the tower, which was rebuilt in 1365.


The small resort of Cleethorpes, although linked to Grimsby by continuous urban development, is a town in its own right, with a rich character and maritime heritage all of its own. Cleethorpes was once just a tiny fishing village, famous for its oysters. During the early 19th-c it became established as a health resort, popular for its therapeutic bathing and iron rich medicinal waters. Today it attracts millions of visitors who come to enjoy its lovely beaches, seaside entertainment and beautiful views.

Cleethorpes Beach and Pier
Cleethorpes Beach © Travel About Britain

The resort has a long promenade with a short pier, and plenty of beach-front parking, along its three miles of excellent bathing beaches. The area is not overdeveloped and there are no high rise hotels here, so the seafront has a nice open feel. The northern end (near to the station) is lined with amusement arcades and cafes and a few small fairground rides for children to enjoy. The more pleasant surroundings of the Promenade gardens, stretch out along the southern end of the seafront, punctuated by Ross Castle - a tiny mock ruined castle, constructed in 1863 by the local railway.

Places of Interest to Visit in Grimsby & Cleethorpes

Fishing Heritage Centre

Fishing Heritage Centre

Provides an fascinating insight into Grimsby's fishing industry. Suitable for all ages. Dress-up as a fisherman and sample the real sights, sounds and smells of a life at sea. Experience the harsh reality of life on board a fishing trawler, using interactive displays to navigate the icy waters in search of the catch.

The museum also houses the 'Doughty Collection' of china and a small group of local interest paintings, plus extensive collections of historic maritime photographs and model ships, including several 18th C. bone model ships made by Napoleonic prisoners of war.

Opening times: all year, Tue - Sun 10am to 4pm (closed Xmas) Admission Charge
Location: Alexandra Dock, Grimsby, DN31 1UZ
Tel: 01472 323345 - Website

Time Trap Museum

Located inside the old police cells of Grimsby Town Hall, this remarkable attraction explores the town's rich maritime heritage and its development over the centuries.

Opening times: all year, Mon - Fri, 10am to 4pm (closed BH & Xmas) Small Admission Charge
Location: Town Hall Square, Grimsby, DN31 1HX
Tel: (01472) 324109 - Website

Map of Grimsby


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