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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.
Voted 2016 Pier of the Year, Cleethorpes Pier is a must-see, with pub grub, afternoon tea and fine dining all on offer – and all delicious. Victorian Folly, Ross Castle, is close by and is one of the best spots to grab a view of the North East Lincolnshire coast and well worth a visit, if you’re looking for things to do in Cleethorpes. For the perfect family day out, head to The Jungle Zoo, where you’ll come face-to-scale with snakes, monkeys and an iguana 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!). Figs is another excellent choice. Serving delicious cuisine in a relaxed setting, this vibrant restaurant is responsible (along with the excellent 1873 Bistro on the pier) for bringing Cleethorpes into the modern era.
Cleethorpes Boating Lake is a favourite with the locals. You can hire a boat and drift along on the breeze or take a walk around the spectacular perimeter. On the edge of the water, you’ll find the free Discovery Centre. It’s the perfect place to explore the latest art exhibition or relax with a cup of tea and enjoy the incredible views. Or why not add an extra leg to your journey with a reminder of the golden age of steam at Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway?
When it comes to Cleethorpes shopping options, Hermes Antiques on Seaview Street is a veritable treasure trove. But there’s more to this road than just period pieces. With clothes boutiques, gift shops and jewelers, you’re guaranteed to grab a bargain or 3. Abbeygate Shopping Centre is also definitely worth the trip. Rather than a mega mall, it’s a collection of independent outlets selling clothing, fragrance, jewellery and more.
For more ideas on what to do in Cleethorpes, check out Visit Cleethorpes.