Grimsby is a traditional fishing port in Lincolnshire, one of the eastern counties of England. It is situated at the mouth of the River Humber. It is physically linked to the adjoining town of Cleethorpes, with which it makes up the unitary authority of North East Lincolnshire, sometimes known as Great Grimsby. At its peak in the 1950s, it was the largest and busiest fishing port in the world. It is home to Britain's largest port complex in terms of tonnage, and a large number of industries along the humber provide a lot of the town's employment. Young's is a major seafood company headquartered in town.
The main route in is via the A46 (Lincoln, Newark) or from the M180, which turns into the A180 in neighbouring North Lincolnshire, and links Grimsby with main routes to Hull and the Midlands.
Humberside airport is a short drive away and has scheduled flights to Aberdeen and Amsterdam, as well as charter flights to other European cities.
There are frequent train services between Cleethorpes, Manchester and Lincoln which call at Grimsby Town station and terminate at Cleethorpes.
A bus service links Grimsby to Hull (X1), Lincoln (3) and Louth (51), operated by Stagecoach. National Express also operates services to London & the south-west twice a day.
There is a varied if sometimes infrequent bus service linking the town centre with most of North
East Lincolnshire. It is now run completely by Stagecoach.
There are many taxi services available as well. A notable taxi-rank is outside The Yarborough Hotel.
- The National Fishing Heritage Centre - museum about the heritage of Grimsby's fishing industry. Fun for all ages. Also has trips to visit and go on-board the old fishing boat, The Ross Tiger. Telephone: (01472) 323345
- The Dock Tower- impressive local landmark and a bit of a symbol of the town (as seen on the Young's adverts). It can be seen for miles around, but actual open days to go up the tower are held rarely (about once a year). Allegedly built from a million bricks.
- The Town Hall on Victoria Street. An impressive Victorian building, tours are available and the Time Trap Museum is also housed here. Ring (01472) 324109 for details.
- Freshney Place Shopping Centre - large indoor shopping centre complex with a multi-story indoor car park. A large selection of shops and cafe's, also houses the Market Hall.
- Corporation Bridge is a lifting bridge in the town's former fish docks. Road vehicles can pass freely over the bridge and it is part of one of Grimsby's busiest traffic spots, leading to a major junction at Freeport Wharfe and Victoria Street.
- Grimsby Minster is a minster and parish church dedicated to St. James, the church belongs to the Church of England and is within the Diocese of Lincoln.
- Chequered flag karting
- Watch Grimsby Town or try ice-skating or hockey at the Ice Arena.
- Musical and theatrical entertainment is found at the Grimsby Auditorium, built in 1995, on Cromwell Road in Yarborough near Grimsby Leisure Centre, it can host up to 2,000 audience.
- The smaller Caxton Theatre is on Cleethorpe Road (A180) in East Marsh near the docks. The Caxton Theatre provides entertainment by adults and youths in theatre. A notable theatre company in the area is the Class Act Theatre Company run by local playwright David Wrightam. The company produces strong factual drama and premiere award-winning productions.
The majority of the shops in Grimsby are located in or around the Freshney Place shopping centre.
As a fishing port, Grimsby is famous for its fish and chips and also traditional smoked haddock is a must.
Notable restaurants include:
- The Othello
- Da Vinci's
- Chung's Choice
- Cafe M
- Wetherspoon's (Yarborough Hotel)
Grimsby also has restaurants for big fast-food chains, including:
- Pizza Hut
- Cleethorpes is good for a night out too. It is reccommend that visitors stick to the nightclubs in cleethorpes if you're planning a night out as violence is very common in the town centre and the atmosphere is described as unpleasant.
- St James Hotel
- Humber Royal
Although Grimsby is relatively safe, there are a few areas that would best be avoided during both the day and night. It is recommended that you stay out of the town center at night as violence is very common.