Grimsby Travel Guide
Standing sentinel like over the docks and visible for miles around is the Dock Tower, a 309 feet high red brick monument to the town’s commercial importance in the mid 19th century. Reputedly built with a million red bricks the tower is a curious mix of Victorian, Renaissance and Moorish architecture. Built in 1849 the tower survived the 2nd World War as it was used as a marker for Luftwaffe pilots on their way to the Lancashire cities.
For a further glimpse of Grimsby’s history a visit to the National Fishing Heritage Centre is well worthwhile. The centre documents the town’s history from the Vikings to the rise, fall and rebirth of the fishing industry. Outside the centre the Ross Tiger, a preserved trawler open to the public provides a fascinating insight into successes and tragedies of the fishing industry.
Modern day Grimsby is a bright and pleasant place with a seemingly endless programme of regeneration taking place. The dominant feature of town centre is Freshney Place, a huge shopping and commerce centre housing over 100 stores including all the major national. For speciality shopping The Abbeygate Shopping Centre is the place to go, sympathetically developed from a former brewery the centre is full of innovative and inspiring shops. The centre also houses an antiques market, art gallery and several cafes and restaurants. For some down to earth shopping head of to Freeman Street home of Grimsby’s oldest market, full of atmosphere hustle and bustle and some of the best bargains in town.
The Grimsby Auditorium is the regions major theatre, hosting a year round action packed programme of music, drama and comedy events. The Odeon cinema on Freeman Street plays all the latest films.
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