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Tourist Attractions in Grimsby and Cleethorpes

Ferris Wheel

Tourist Attractions in Grimsby and Cleethorpes are filled with breath-taking activities and have something for every age to enjoy. Don't overlook these smaller and less famous countryside towns.

How to Get to Grimsby and Cleethorpes

The towns of Grimsby and Cleethorpes are located on England's eastern coast outside of Lincoln. Both are accessible by rail, sea, road, and air, and within kilometers (a short bus ride) of each other.

Taking the train from London is only an hour's ride. The Humberside Airport, which has daily international flights, is only minutes from the area. The famous Humber Bridge enables you to reach the ferry port in Hull in less than an hour.

For those who do enter by plane, check out the tips provided in the International Air Travel article as well as the Europe Travel Deal site.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Grimsby and Cleethorpes

The atmosphere in these towns is filled with adventure. Each town holds carnival-like attractions, similar to theme parks in the United States. Some of these adventures include:

  • Pleasure Island Family Theme Park
  • National Fishing Heritage Centre
  • Discovery Centre
  • Time Trap
  • Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway
  • Play Towers
  • The Jungle


After riding on the ferris wheel at Pleasure Island, hearing a parrot talk at The Jungle, and viewing the seafront from a steam train on Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, you will want to enjoy a good meal. Both towns have a variety of cafes and pubs. Do you want a Thai meal or fish and chips? Italian cuisine or Australian? What about dessert? The possibilities are vast. How about coming aboard the Lincoln Castle, a ship at the Alexandra Dock, and trying some locally brewed ale?


Once your meal is finished, don't forget to shop for those souvenirs the folks back home are anticipating. Seaview Street in Cleethopes has many specialty shops. Handbags, and other trendy and fashionable items can be found at these stores.

Visit the three indoor markets located at Freshney Place, Wonderland on the Sea Front at Cleethorpe's, and Freeman Street. You will find many bargains at each of these markets.

Interesting Facts

Did you know that the Greenwich meridian passes through Cleethorpes? A signpost stands, showing some interesting distances in miles. The North Pole is 2517 miles (4051 kilometers) away, the South Pole is 9919 miles (15,963 kilometers) away, and it is 143 (230 kilometers) from London. Last, but not least, New York is 3481 miles (5602 kilometers) away.

Neighboring Attractions

After experiencing these tourist attractions in Grimsby and Cleethorpes, why not visit some of the quaint neighboring villages? There is still plenty more to see and do.

Waltham, situated on the outskirts of Grimsby, has the Waltman Windmill and a museum of rural life. Windmill Gifts and Interiors, a gift store selling modern art and candles, might be a place where you could pick up a memento of your trip. As you venture along the sandy beach toward Humberston, you will see sand dunes, wildlife, and plants. The Humber Forts, built to protect the ports from invading forces in World War I, provide a historical flavor to your sightseeing.

On a sunny day, as you walk along the Humber River, you will see colorful yachts racing and cruising. The Yacht Club, founded in 1947, is in Grimsby.

What is the best way to get around visiting everything on your must-see list? If you grow tired of walking, there is a solution. Stagecoach Grimsby-Cleethorpes, the sector of the Stagecoach Group that operates buses in and around North East Lincolnshire, runs town services in its main hubs of Grimsby and Cleethorpes. The buses also service Immingham and other nearby villages.

Of course, if you tire of public transportation and prefer a different means of getting somewhere, why not ride on a donkey along the beach? Yes, even donkey rides are available.

At Day's End

After a day of fun and games, relax by spending the night at one of these cozy accommodations that include a delicious breakfast in the morning. Aavon Court Guesthouse and Lindenthorpe Guesthouse are both located in Cleethorpes.

There is also a large selection of hotels or self catering (accommodations without food service) places to choose from. The Georgian Conservation of Louth is just 20 minutes from Grimsby and 25 miles from Lincoln. It was built in 1784 and has views of the historical Louth Manor House. Restaurants, boutiques, and gift shops, as well as two golf courses, are also nearby for your enjoyment.

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Tourist Attractions in Grimsby and Cleethorpes