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Cleethorpes (or Meggies, as it’s affectionately known to locals) is a charming seaside town that developed as a tourist resort in the 1800s. Trains to Cleethorpes deliver around 1 million visitors a year to the pretty seaside town, stopping a skimming stone’s throw away from the beach. Whether it’s a special occasion or a quick getaway, Cleethorpes has plenty to offer and is 1 hour 40 minutes from Sheffield and around 2 hours 30 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly.
For unlimited bus travel around Cleethorpes, buy a Plusbus ticket with your train ticket for £3.30 (£2.20 with a Railcard).
You’ll also find a taxi rank and car parking at the station.
If you want to explore Grimsby and Cleethorpes on two wheels, then visit the Cycle Hubs located at the railway stations.
The coastal town of Cleethorpes has year-round appeal with an abundance of ideas for activities, sports, nature, heritage and culture. Voted Pier of the Year 2016, Cleethorpes Pier, is a must-visit and is now home to Papas Fish & Chips The Victorian folly, the Ross Castle, is close by alongside Pier Gardens. For the perfect family day out, head to The Jungle Zoo where you’ll come face-to-scale with snakes, monkeys and Molly, a giant tortoise, who roams free and loves making new friends.
Fish and chips always taste best at the seaside and, at Steels Cornerhouse Restaurant, the queues around the block should be enough to let you know you’ve come to the right plaice (sorry!). Other great choices include Figs, serving delicious cuisine in a relaxed setting and Petit Delight serve French classics in a Gallic-inspired space.
Children will love the traditional seaside activities, building sandcastles, donkey rides and shell collecting alongside amusements and games. They will also enjoy a trip on the Lollipop Land Train which runs every half hour along the seafront. Another ‘not to miss’ is Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway which has been delighting young and old for more than 70 years and is one of Britain’s oldest seaside miniature railways.
When it comes to Cleethorpes shopping options, stylist jewellery designer, Daniella Draper in Sea View Quarter is nestled amongst independent stores and a great choice of restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Abbeygate Shopping Centre in Grimsby is also definitely worth the trip and is a stone’s throw from Grimsby train station. Rather than a mega mall, it’s a collection of independent clothing boutiques, beauty salons and gift shops alongside a café culture of Abbys and Tredici.
For more ideas on what to do in Cleethorpes, check out Discover North East Lincolnshire.