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  • 1. History of Grimsby

    One of Grimsby's fine historical buildings is the Town Hall, which was completed in 1888 to be used as a police station and magistrates' court, complete with cells. The beautiful glazed windows of the council chamber tell the stories of families and individuals of Grimsby as well as the town's military and industrial history. The docks have played an important part in Grimsby's...Read more history. The area boomed as a port in the 19th century, importing iron, timber, wheat, hemp and flax and exporting coal from South Yorkshire. The Royal Dock was built in 1852, the Dock Tower in 1852 and Alexandra Dock and Union Dock in 1879. Read less

  • 2. Now in Grimsby

    Grimsby is on the north-east coast of Lincolnshire, where the Humber Estuary meets the North Sea. The town is still a thriving fishing port, although this industry is in decline. New industries becoming strong in the town are food processing, pharmaceuticals and petrochemicals and tourism. The dock and waterfront areas of Grimsby have been neglected in recent history and projec...Read morets are underway to regenerate the area, starting with a major development in Alexandra Dock West. Read less

  • 3. Events in Grimsby is an annual literature and comedy festival covering the North East Lincolnshire area. The celebration runs throughout the month of October and features workshops, poetry readings, talks, children's events, stand up comedy and touring theatre. Family Sunday Music Festival takes place in Meridian Park, in nearby Cleethorpes. The one-day event provides live music on two s...Read moretages as well as entertainment and activities for children. The Grimsby St Hugh's Festival celebrates professional classical music and performers, and takes place over three days in September. The annual Hospital Carnival in Grimsby takes place in August and raises thousands of pounds for charity every year. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Grimsby

    Time Trap is an attraction based in the unlikely location of the prison cells at Grimsby Town Hall. Visitors are taken on a journey through the history of Grimsby in the corridors and stairways containing many of the town's treasures. The Fishing Heritage Centre uses interactive displays, sights, smells and sounds to tell Grimsby's maritime history. The museum is based at the h...Read moreistoric Alexandra Dock. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Grimsby

    Peoples Park is in the centre of Grimsby and includes 10 acres of land containing a lake, grassed area, avenue of trees, bowling greens and croquet lawn. The Holy Trinity and St Mary Church is the oldest building in Grimsby and dates back to before 1000AD. Visitors can see the 11th century Saxon tower and stained glass windows. Grimsby Leisure Centre includes an ice rink, leisu...Read morere pool, fitness suite and more. Read less

  • 6. Business in Grimsby

    The Grimsby Top Town Market is an indoor market containing around 80 stalls. The market is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. A farmers' market takes place in Victoria Street on the third Friday of every month. The Freshney Place Shopping Centre is in the centre of the town and contains over 100 shops including many high street names. The centre also has restau...Read morerants and cafes and plenty of parking. Read less

  • 7. Transport in Grimsby

    The main A roads into Grimsby are the A16, from the south, the A46 from the south-west and the A180, which joins the M180 to the west. Humberside is the nearest airport to Grimsby and takes around 20 minutes to reach by car. Manchester Airport takes about one and a half hours to reach by car. Grimsby Train Station has good services to the rest of the UK. A direct train to Lond...Read moreon takes three and a half hours and a direct train to Manchester takes about two and a half hours. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment in Grimsby

    Grimsby Auditorium is the largest theatre in the area and has a busy and varied programme of concerts and shows as well as hosting social events and television broadcasting. Grimsby Town Hall is a smaller venue that hosts concerts, seminars and exhibitions on a regular basis. The Caxton Theatre and Arts Centre is run by amateur theatre group The Caxton Theatre.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Grimsby

    Grimsby Dock Tower, built in 1852, dominates the town's skyline. The 309ft tower is said to have been based on the Palazzo Publico in Sienna, Italy. The structure is a Grade I listed building.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Grimsby

    Residents of Grimsby are happy to tell the story that the Dock Tower is built on foundations of cotton wool. The tower actually has much more solid foundations, but the story comes from the fact that the import of raw cotton through the docks is probably what paid for the tower to be built.


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