Gripping, Great Grimsby on the Stagecoach 51

One of our hidden gem Great Scenic Journeys is the Stagecoach 51 service from Louth to Grimsby, which meanders blissfully through the rolling countryside of North East Lincolnshire and the wonderful Wolds, past delightful villages, such as Fotherby, Utterby, Ludborough and Scathe before arriving in the bright lights of Grimsby – a resurgent, modern town with maritime heritage to be envied!

Grimsby, once a bustling fishing port, has evolved into a vibrant community that offers visitors a myriad of delights to explore. From its picturesque waterfront to its historic landmarks, there’s something to captivate every scenic thrill seeker who ventures to this coastal gem. Grimsby enjoys a rich heritage, dating back to 866AD when thousands of Norse invaders passed through the town on their way to inland cities.

Afternoon Tea at The Minster

At the heart of this fabulous town is Grimsby Minster which beckons visitors with its centuries-old charm and rich heritage. Dating back to the 12th century, this architectural masterpiece boasts a stunning array of features, including majestic spires. Step inside, and you’ll be transported back in time as you admire the intricate stonework, ornate carvings, and beautiful stained glass windows that adorn the interior. Visitors to Grimsby Minster can immerse themselves in its fascinating history through guided tours and exhibits that showcase the church’s role in shaping the town’s identity over the centuries. From its origins as a place of worship to its enduring legacy as a symbol of community and faith, the minster offers a glimpse into the past while inspiring contemplation and reflection. As you explore the minster, keep an eye out for quirky details and hidden gems that add to its allure. From mysterious symbols etched into ancient stone to tales of ghostly apparitions, Grimsby Minster is full of surprises waiting to be discovered by intrepid adventurers and history enthusiasts alike. The Minster Cafe is also great, selling lovely multi-coloured cakes and delicious pastries, including its legendary Afternoon Tea, which really is an absolute delight!

Maritime Magic

Grimsby’s maritime heritage is deeply ingrained in its identity, and no visit to the town would be complete without exploring its historic docks, where there are some fabulous trails. Wander along the quayside and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of a bygone era, where fishing trawlers once set sail to the distant waters of the North Sea. The award-winning National Fishing Heritage Centre offers a fascinating glimpse into the town’s seafaring past, with interactive exhibits and immersive experiences that bring history to life. So too, the famous fish market is unbeatable!

More Culinary Delights

Sampling Grimsby’s world-renowned seafood really is a reason alone to visit this lovely town! With a proud tradition of fishing that spans centuries, the town is celebrated for its fresh and flavourful catch of the day. Indulge your taste buds with a feast of locally sourced fish and chips, served piping hot from one of the town’s many acclaimed seafood restaurants. For those with a more adventurous palate, why not try smoked haddock or traditional Lincolnshire seafood pie? Docks Beers is well worth a visit too – it’s based in an old church near the Docks and is Grimsby’s only craft beer brewery. Whatever your culinary preferences, Grimsby offers a gastronomic experience that’s sure to satisfy.

Retreat to classic coastal charm in Cleethorpes

Surrounded by stunning coastal scenery, Grimsby boasts an abundance of natural wonders waiting to be explored. Take a leisurely stroll or bus to Cleethorpes and breathe in the salty sea air as you soak up panoramic views of the North Sea. Birdwatchers will delight in the opportunity to spot a variety of seabirds and waders along the coastline, while nature lovers can explore nearby nature reserves such as Cleethorpes Country Park or the Saltfleetby Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve.

Cleethorpes is a classic seaside town with a range of fun-packed, traditional amusements and is also where Blundell Park is situated, home of Grimsby Town Football Club, who ply their trade in League 2 of the football pyramid. They had a difficult season last year, narrowly avoiding relegation, so be sure to come along in August when the new campaign starts and cheer them on!  There’s also the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway here – a marvellous two mile return journey, pulled by a steam or diesel locomotive.

Stagecoach’s number 8 and 9 bus routes from Grimsby to Cleethorpes Pier with a journey time of around 20 minutes.

Quirky Facts, Famous Faces and Twisted Time Trap!

Grimsby is not without its share of quirky facts and famous faces. The town’s iconic landmark, the Grimsby Dock Tower, was once the tallest hydraulic accumulator tower in the world! Standing at an impressive 94 metres tall, it remains a symbol of the town’s industrial heritage and ingenuity. There’s also fascination to be had with a visit to the Time Trap Museum which showcases the former prison cells of Grimsby Town Hall. It’s not for the faint hearted as visitors pass through dark, twisting corridors, nooks and crannies to unlock the town’s past.

Pulsating performances and cultural gems

Grimsby has also been home to a number of notable figures throughout history. From literary luminaries like Alfred Lord Tennyson and Wilkie Collins, to Hollywood stars such as Sir John Hurt and Patricia Hodge, the town has inspired and nurtured a diverse array of talent over the years. Whether you’re a history buff, a film aficionado, or simply curious to learn more about Grimsby’s famous residents, there’s no shortage of fascinating stories waiting to be uncovered.

Life performances take place at the Grimsby Auditorium, which has hosted famous acts and shows, including Starlight Express, Blood Brothers and Calendar Gils, as well as revered comedians, Jimmy Carr, Peter Kay and Sarah Millican. International rock acts, Morrissey, Kasabian and The Stereophonics have also played here!

A Town of Achievements

Grimsby’s achievements extend far beyond its maritime heritage and cultural contributions. The town has long been a hub of industry and innovation, with a legacy of achievement that continues to this day. From its role as a major trading port in the Middle Ages to its more recent contributions to the renewable energy sector, Grimsby has always been at the forefront of progress and development.

In recent years, Grimsby has undergone a transformation, with significant investment in regeneration projects aimed at revitalizing the town and its economy. The development of the Alexandra Dock Renewables Park, Europe’s largest offshore wind operations and maintenance facility, has brought new opportunities and jobs to the area, cementing Grimsby’s reputation as a leader in sustainable energy.

A trip to Grimsby and a little deviation to Cleethorpes is certainly to be recommended for a mix of culture, history, coastal charm and seaside japery! To plan your adventure, check out

51 Grimsby – Louth – Great Scenic Journeys