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During the 1950s, Grimsby was the largest and busiest fishing port in the UK. Today, its legacy lives on with the major seafood producer Young’s still headquartered here, now producing the celebrity-endorsed ‘Jamie Oliver frozen seafood’ range. You can also visit the National Fishing Heritage Centre to learn more of the history deeply rooted in the town. Grimsby is in northeast Lincolnshire facing the mouth of the Humber River, with good access to the rest of the country via the A180 or A46 trunk routes.
Who to Book With
Enterprise and Hertz are just two of the top rental companies in Grimsby. There is a cluster of firms located off the A180 to the west of the city and a few more dotted around town. To find the best location and to get the best deal on your rental, it is recommended that you book online in advance.
Best Time to go
There is no particular high season for visiting Grimsby, although during public holidays such as Christmas and Easter, you should book accommodation in advance to secure availability. Driving conditions in the Lincolnshire countryside can become unpleasant during the winter due to snowfall.
Need to Know Essentials
To pick up your rental car, you must provide the following documents:
- A UK or EU driving license or an International Driving Permit
- A second form of photo ID, such as your passport
- The credit card used in your booking
- Confirmation or reference number of your booking
Driving around Grimsby is straightforward. Use the A180, also called Cleethorpe/Grimsby Road, to get your bearings, as it follows the shoreline. Another useful through road is Wellington Street, while you can use Freeman Street/Hainton Avenue and Park Street/Carr Lane to connect to the A46 and the south of town.
Parking is usually not an issue in Grimsby. You will find plenty of street parking all around town. If being closer to the centre is a priority, park in one of the four car parks. Two are located close to the main train station on Victoria Street and Abbey Walk. Expect to pay between £3 and £5 for a daily rate. Alternately, you can head to the Tescos at Freeport Wharf to park for free and then walk 10 minutes into town.
Grimsby is well connected to other places in Lincolnshire and the rest of the country by road and buses. There are two train lines running out of Grimsby, one towards Manchester and another towards Lincoln. There is an adequate bus network in operation in Grimsby to get you around town, or you can call a taxi.
The main train station is Grimsby Town. The line continues to Cleethorpes, the end of the line for services from Manchester and Lincoln. The journey from Grimsby to Manchester takes two-and-a-half hours, while the trip to Lincoln takes around an hour. You can check National Rail Enquiries for timetable and ticketing info.
There are several mini-cab firms operating in Grimsby. Most are willing to go as far as Humber Airport. Always book taxis in advance, such as by contacting Links Taxis on 01472 35 35 35.
The town has a bus network served by Stagecoach Grimsby-Cleethorpes. Most buses converge at Bethleham Street, near the train station. You can check the route map online. A few routes go far out of town, including the number 3, which runs all the way to Lincoln.
Grimsby is a coastal town in northeast Lincolnshire, but access to the rest of the county is made very easy by a good network of roads, courtesy of the shipping and freight industry that remains strong in the region. On daytrips from Grimsby you can learn more about the rich history of Lincolnshire or go and have some fun in the traditional British seaside town of Skegness.
The Humber Bridge - A single-span suspension bridge, is the sixth largest of its kind in the world - although when it was built in 1981 it was the top of the list. It connects the city of Hull with the rest of the country to the south, and is one of the greatest engineering feats in history, now carrying six million vehicles annually. The bridge is just 30 minutes’ drive from Grimsby.
Caistor - This is an old Roman fort town, just 20 minutes away from Grimsby. A few fragments of the 4th century Roman wall are still standing, and further evidence of a rich history can be seen in the Anglo-Saxon tower at the church of St Peter and Paul.
Skegness - Also referred to as ‘Skeggy’, is affectionately known, is one of the last remaining old-fashioned seaside towns of Britain. It comes complete with a traditional pier and a pleasure beach amusement park that has stood the test of time. Skegness, still a popular holiday destination for families, sits about an hour south of Grimsby.