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Holidays in Grimsby

Shopping, galleries and a rich maritime history

Grimsby Dock Tower and Fish Dock by Rob Faulkner - CC BY 2.0

Once known as one of the world's largest fishing ports, Grimsby is now a town in north Lincolnshire that is filled with an array of shops, fantastic bars and plenty of history portrayed through galleries and museums.

Whilst historically related to maritime activity with fishermen and trawlers frequenting the town for many years, the main attraction for tourists now revolves around shopping.

Freshney Place is Lincolnshire's largest shopping centre, boasting an array of high street stores and cafés alongside events held throughout the year and live music every month for charity at the Busk Stop.

For a more high end shopping experience, Abbeygate is located just a stone's throw away, offering a range of independent boutiques selling top of the range clothing and interspersed with fantastic eateries.

St James’ Church by Jules & Jenny - CC BY 2.0

The history of Grimsby is well-worth learning about if you're staying in the area, and there's no better place to discover more about it than the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre. The sights and smells of what a trawlerman would experience can be learnt first hand on a visit to the centre, and if that whets your appetite for more, the Time Trap Museum at the town hall takes you on a journey through time, as well as a trip through actual former police cells.

"The history of Grimsby is well-worth learning about if you're staying in the area."

If the weather isn't on your side and you're looking for a way to entertain the kids, Time 4 Play is the perfect destination. The adventure playground is set across 5000 square feet and over three floors, all filled with equipment and slides to keep youngsters entertained for hours while you sit back and relax with a coffee.

Should the sun shine down for you, the fantastic seaside destination of Mablethorpe is just a short drive along the coast. Boasting a traditional Victorian-style promenade, the sandy beach is ideal for the summer months, and the arcades are sure to be a hit with kids big and small.

With its maritime history, it would be wrong to head to Grimsby and not sample some traditional fish and chips. Wybers Chippy is a renowned destination, or head for Littlefield Lane. For a sit-down dinner, The Ship Inn serves everything from seafood to steak in a country pub setting and a warm atmosphere.

Leaving the confines of beautiful Lincolnshire, the city of culture for 2017, Hull, is just a short drive north of Grimsby, and is a must-visit destination when heading on holiday.

While you’re there

Freshney Place

Lincolnshire's largest shopping centre plays host to a range of high street stores and cafés.

Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre

Discover the maritime history of this fantastic town with a hands-on experience.

Time 4 Play

Ideal for rainy days with the kids, this playground is sure to wear out excitable youngsters.

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