Seaside attractions 

Trains to Cleethorpes deliver around one million visitors a year to the pretty seaside town, stopping a skimming stone’s throw away from the beach. The Central Promenade hugs an expansive beach and is dotted with cafes, amusements and little shops. The pier and Pavilion, complete with show bar, remain Cleethorpes’ top attraction.

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Ross Castle

Don’t be fooled by the rocks that it’s got, because Ross Castle is not quite what is seems. What appears to be the ruins of a medieval castle from afar is in fact a folly erected by enterprising bigwigs from the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincoln Railway Company as a visitor attraction in 1863. Not-long renovated, it’s still 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.

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 Cleethorpes beach

The undisputed jewel in Cleethorpes’ crown is its magnificent beach. Stretching for miles, this vast expanse of seaside space is a haven for families who can still enjoy a traditional donkey ride in high season. Plenty of water sports are on offer here too, including windsurfing, jet-skiing, kayaking and canoeing, though most visitors are quite content to enjoy a stroll on the golden sands. A stone’s throw away from the station, the frequent trains to Cleethorpes make this a perfect destination for a family day out.

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 The Jungle Zoo       

Almost as famous locally as this compact zoo, is its most celebrated resident, Rhino. Rhino the lizard that is. Roaming free, this cold-blooded creature couldn’t be friendlier and loves nothing more than visitors stroking and petting him. The Jungle Zoo is not on the scale of other more famous top attractions, but this family-run destination has plenty of personality, if you’re looking to incorporate animals into your visit.

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Pleasure Island

Pleasure Island Family Theme Park offers a mini family adventure with plenty of things to do to keep you busy regardless of the weather. Over 30 rides form the top attraction, but there are also frequent shows to entertain all comers including a bird show, Masai warriors’ acrobatic performances, sea lion show and Professor Tinkaboo’s Magic Factory for younger visitors. Look out too for special seasonal events including music festivals and theme nights.

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