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Great Grimsby a town built on its fishing heritage

Grimsby Town Hall © visit Lincolnshire
Grimsby Town Hall © Visit Lincolnshire

Grimsby Town Hall © Visit Lincolnshire

The Town of Grimsby, built upon a rich maritime heritage, has a reputation as the UK’s seafood centre. Grimsby Smoked Fish even has Protected Geographical Indication Status! Traditional Grimsby Smoked Fish is fillets of cold-smoked cod or haddock, smoked according to the traditional method. The tradition, reputation, smoking process and the skills pass from generation to generation and date back to the C19th. The smoked fish has a slightly salty flavour which been famous since the railways allowed its rapid movement to London.

The town is also famous for and fiercely proud of its Fish & Chips. Both national and international visitors are attracted to the many popular takeaways and restaurants

Grimsby history

Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre is a fantastic visitor attraction that proclaims the town’s heritage. There are interactive displays, sights sounds and smells, the historic Ross Tiger trawler and more. Visitors can sign on as a crew member and sense the sights, smells and sounds as a 1950s trawlerman. The centre is within a 5 minute walk from the Town Centre with the Town Hall/Time Trap Museum. Here you can go on a time travel journey to uncover the town’s colourful past within the former police cells. The Minster and large shopping centre are close by.

Grimsby Town Hall © visit Lincolnshire

Grimsby Minster © visit Lincolnshire

There are so many ways to spend your time here. There’s fantastic shopping, great cafes and bars along with fascinating museums and galleries. Freshney Place, Lincolnshire’s largest shopping centre, is open 7 days a week. It has an excellent range of small retailers, major stores and specialty gift shopping. Throughout 2017 Freshney Place aims to offer live music every month and this is FREE to be part of. All in aid of the Centre’s chosen charity of the year!

Nearby is Abbeygate, an independent shopping area with plenty of boutiques as well as some great places to eat.

Grimsby in Bloom is frequently a national finalist in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition. The town is truly moving forward with a strong ambition for the future. Especially as the offshore wind industry, town centre and resort developments and economic growth are turning around the town. Grimsby really is Great like its official name, Great Grimsby.

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