Seen Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film? Think you know Grimsby? Think again! Lincolnshire local Alison Grice reveals some of the lesser-known places that put the ‘Great’ in Great Grimsby and make Lincolnshire so lovely…
Visit an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the Lincolnshire Wolds
The beautiful expanse of the Lincolnshire Wolds lies just on Grimsby’s doorstep. With panoramic views over what seems like an endless stretch of countryside, it’s definitely one to add to your bucket list.
Head to the deep sea on dry land at Grimsby’s Fishing Heritage Centre
Once home to the biggest fishing port in the world, Grimsby has a lot to say about its spectacular past and is now recognized as one of the most important fish markets in Europe. The Duchess of Cambridge herself has paid a visit to the heritage centre, so it’s well worth a look.
Get nostalgic at Cleethorpes seafront and enjoy a traditional 99
The popular seaside destination was once just marshland, but after the rise of the railway, Cleethorpes has never looked back and offers a traditional seaside experience, including the all-time favourite 99 ice cream.
Spot some spooky specters on Lincoln’s Ghost Walk
Grimsby’s ancient neighbour Lincoln is steeped in an extraordinary history that spans back to the Roman era. Get under the skin of the city, follow in the footsteps of Hollywood star Tom Hanks (an honored guest on the walk) and see if you can spot some local ghouls.
Get down and dirty in one England’s greatest historic houses
One of Grimsby’s best kept ‘seacrets’ is the hundreds of adorable new-born grey seal pups which flounder along the coastline of Donna Nook Nature Reserve. From October to December, thousands of seals give birth to their pups near the sand dunes – and with over 1,300 pups born annually; it’s a wildlife spectacle that attracts visitors from across the UK.
Witness the creation of society as we know it at Lincoln Castle
Lincoln Castle is the only place in the world where you can find original surviving copies of both the 1215 Magna Carta and the 1217 Charter of the Forest. An added bonus is that the Castle has just had a major renovation, and now has unparalleled views across Lincoln and the surrounding countryside.
See one of the world’s leading and most prestigious military events in North East Lincolnshire, which this year has been awarded to lead the National Celebrations. Held annually each year in June, you can’t leave without seeing a thrilling performance from Lincolnshire’s globallyfamous Red Arrows.
Taste England’s best fish and chips
We Brits love our fish and chips, and with claims that Grimsby’s are the best in Europe, why not put it to the test? With all those years of fishing expertise, Grimsby certainly knows a thing or two about the all-time British favourite.
Have an adventure at Hubbard’s Hills
This beautiful park is just a stone’s throw from Grimsby, in the postcard-perfect village of Louth. Born out of one man’s unconditional love for his late wife, the park can now be enjoyed by all. With spectacular views, hills to a climb and idyllic spots for picnics, it’s easy to see why it’s a holiday favourite.