Cleethorpes is a seaside resort on the Lincolnshire east coast of England, on the south bank of the mouth of the River Humber. It merges into the neighbouring town of Grimsby, and this conurbation and rural hinterland comprise the unitary Local Authority of North East Lincolnshire, also called Great Grimsby.

Like Grimsby, it began as a fishing settlement, but evolved instead into a seaside resort when the 19th-century fashion for sea-bathing developed. This was greatly boosted by the arrival of the railway. It thrived until the 1960s, when the Med became accessible to British holidaymakers, and traditional resorts declined. Today most visitors come on day-trips: the motorway puts it within two hours’ drive from the main cities of Yorkshire. Those staying longer are often caravanning.

Cleethorpes is where the Prime (or Greenwich) Meridian of 0 degrees longitude crosses the UK coastline.

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Map of Cleethorpes

Same options & directions as for Grimsby, but reckon on another 10 minutes driving or on the train from inland.

At 53.562-0.0291 Cleethorpes railway station, note the clock tower, with its ornate ironwork. There’s a cafe here, and other facilities on the adjacent promenade.

Stagecoach buses run frequently between Cleethorpes and Grimsby. Otherwise walk, or cycle to outlying attractions such as Tetney bird reserve or Louth.

Cleethorpes Pier
  • 53.5611-0.0266671 Cleethorpes Pier. The Victorian pier is a stubby affair, only 100 m long, so the sea only reaches it at high tide. Originally it was 370 m; it was shortened during World War 2, which does make structural upkeep simpler. It’s usually open daily from 11 am to 10 pm, whenever the fish & chips restaurant is open – see “Eat” listing.  

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