Always wet but not a bad night. Sanitation could be improved.
Even though I have lived all over the place the past few years, Grimsby is my home town. It is where I was born and raised. That doesn't mean I have to like that though.
Grimsby is a fishing town on the east coast and was formerly known as Great Grimsby. The town has a population of around 90,000 and boarders the seaside town of Cleethorpes. Being a fishing town, this brings in a lot of jobs due to the amount of businesses that have something to do with the food industry, factories being a major source of jobs. A few years ago, Youngs named Grimsby its source for fish and even used pictures of the docks in their TV adverts. Not many people I have told this is where I am from know where it is or if they do, it's only because of it being a fishing town.
As for things to do in Grimsby, there isn't much choice to be honest. One of the biggest places to go in town is the shopping centre, Freshney Place. It was built between 1967 and 1971 and a little fact is that my Dad helped to plaster the inside of the building. The building itself is much like a greenhouse, having a glass roof. This makes it unbearable to stay in there too long during the summer as it gets incredibly hot. I have previously worked in shops in Freshney Place and having the glass roof makes the shops hot as well, even though them their selves don't have that kind of roof. The shopping centre is home to around 70 shops and those are gradually getting better. I remember when I was a teenager that there wasn't really much choice in regards to clothes shopping but now at least there is a big Next, River Island and New Look. During the recession, a lot of the shops had to close down and there were a lot of empty spaces but at least that is starting to get better again now.
As this is a fishing town, it would be a bit strange to not have a museum of some sort to celebrate this. Just over the road from Freshney Place is the Fishing Heritage Museum. When I was in school, this always used to be where we would go on school trips and even I didn't think it was any fun at all during the time. The inside of the museum smells strange, there isn't much to do or see in there but you can buy some funky fish related gifts in the shop. As a part of the museum, you get to go on the Ross Castle boat which was more interesting than the museum itself. Getting to see how a fishing boat actually worked was pretty cool for me at the time.
Another thing to do in Grimsby is to drink. There are plenty of pubs and a couple of clubs surrounding Freshney Place and this used to be where I'd go every single weekend. Unfortunately, the places that used to be really good closed down years ago now and have yet to be replaced with anything decent. Pretty much all of the pubs around the centre sell food which is great as Freshney Place isn't big enough to have a food court. The pubs get pretty busy during the daytime, no matter what day of the week it is and sometimes there is a wait for food. One of the best places to go is The Ice Barque, which is a Wetherspoons just across the river at the far end of the shopping centre. There is plenty of room to sit, children are allowed in during the day and the food never takes long. Of course, you can always sit and get drunk there during the day if that's what you wish to do instead.
Apart from these couple of things, there isn't really that much to do in Grimsby. There is no cinema now that the one in Freeman Street closed down some years back. There is no bowling alley either as both of these things are in the neighbouring town of Cleethorpes. If you don't drive, getting around to be able to do more fun things is a massive pain and at least a half an hour journey each way. Grimsby College has recently become a university so at least this is a plus side for the town now. Having university status means getting more students from out of town, especially abroad. The revenue coming in from foreign students is definitely helping the town to be a better place.
As you can see, I am not a fan at all of my home town and that is exactly why I don't live there any more. There just isn't enough for me to do and I get bored very quickly every time I do go home.
I lived in Grimsby for a few years and I never, ever wish to go back there again, but unfortunetly I do have close family down there and so as a result I do have to go down there atleast twice a month. It's a horrible place which I honestly can not stand. Grimsby is a small town in North East Lincolnshire and it's very near the ever so popular (not!) Cleethorpes. Grimsby is made up of various small villages, back streets, housing estates and street after street of terraced houses, of which a substantial amount are boarded up and so look absolutely lovely (!) The tower blocks aren't great either and unfortunetly they're probably the main feature of Grimsby as it's so tiny and the tower blocks are so big and ugly - they're the first thing that you see coming over from Grimsby towards Cleethorpes.
The town centre of Grimsby is horrible, it is full of loud and obnoxious chavs, drunks (most famously Ozzy, a bloke who walks around with dolls and chases pigeons) and other weirdo's - I am sure a majority of you will of heard about Claire Wilson, thepregnant girl who was stabbed to death in town by a maniac. The shops are all small and understocked and most of the staff in the shops are rude. The main feature would probably be Mcdonalds! That's how bad it is. The shopping centre Freshney Place is equally as rubbish, as anyone who read my review on it will know.
The docks, which the town is most likely the most well known for are desserted. The buildings are very run down and 90% are desserted and crumbling. There is the Young's tower which is very tall and ugly, and a few small factories. There is also a large white building with small windows which looks like a prison but apparently it is accomadation for the immigrants who work in the factories.
To be honest, Grimsby is awful. It stinks, and I mean literally - the smells that pour out of the billion food factories dotted around the town are disgusting! There is no night life in Grimsby worth mentioning, there's a few crappy bars which are quite honestly pathetic and on the few occasions I have been out and about on a Saturday night in Grimsby Town, i've been threatened by the local yobs, over charged and generally felt let down.
Grimsby's worse feature is probably a street called Freeman street which is run down and to be honest I would not walk down there alone. Nearby there is Riby Square, which is well known as a meeting place for the local prozzies and there's a brothel (Nicole's massage parlour). Near here is Ramsdens and Ramsdens toy store which I think are quite well known (?) They're honestly rubbish so if you have heard of them and are considering coming to Grimsby to have a shopping spree I wouldn't bothered - both stores are understocked and overpriced.
When it comes to the scenery of Grimsby it is grim. It always seems dull, grey and smelly. There's a few parks, including Weelsby Woods which has been done up to be all singing all dancing but all of the parks incuding weelsby woods are almost always full of abusive chavs and/or drunks so they ruin it completely, not to mention the amount of litter etc.
Grimsby lacks the basics, it's dull, boring and generally a horrible place to be. I know people who live in Grimsby will rate this review NH but I am just bein honest at the end of the day. Yes they have built a few new buildings here and there (a Uni, a new housing estate to replace a run down one, 2 new dr's buildings) but this simply isn't enough. In my opinion the whole town needs knocking down and rebuilding.
Grimsby, what an actual wonderful place to be. You take things that are right in from of you for granted and slate it everyday, but until your somewhere else, you never really realize how much you want to be back home. In case you haven't guessed yet I live in Grimsby and I just made it sound like I've moved away or I'm at university, but I'm not, I'm still living here.
Grimsby actually has a lot more to offer than people think, It's quite a large town now i'm thinking about it, we're made up of lots of surrounding villages such as Laceby, Aylesby, Bradley village, Scatho, Humberston, cleethorpes and lots more little villages which i'm sure not a lot of people knew that, although a lot of people class Cleethorpes as it's own town, it's really small so the majority class it as Grimsby and it stretches as far as holton le-clay, stallinborough and more!
There's currently a lot of developments and transformations going on I have seen 10 new very large doctors sites being built which can also perform small surgeries in sot hat means you don't have to go and wait 4 hours in the A&E for a fractured finger! woohoo! What could be better than that? it also means more people can be seen to and treated a lot quicker and efficiantly. The biggest talk about transformation at the moment, some of you that are from here or been heer may of heard of the dreaded yarborough estate? known for just walking down the first street and getting started on by yobs? well not anymore, it has all been demolished and every one have been moved out, once again another large doctors has been built next to the school and instead of the yarborough estate it has been renamed 'The Freshney Green' all new houses and apartments have been built and they just look beautiful with all fully decorated in a contempory design, my work friend has just bought an apartment on there and she loves it so much, the are isn't quite finished but it reminds me of one of those typical American streets you see in films, like the street from 'Edward Scissorhands' really prestine and clean and I would be really proud to live there.
We have a lot of our schools closing down and merging together to create academies, some of you may of hear of Hereford Technology being ripped down? well it was and re built and completely being re modernized, it's gorgeous, I went to school there and If we had the facilities that they have now, I'm pretty sure we all would of aimed a little bit higher. All our parks have been re designed and developed with little ice cream shops on and they're quite a cute place to be now.
Our shopping 'Freshney place' isn't the biggest, but it's really easy to get to and has the majority of what people want such as Top shop, starbucks, new look and loads more, it also has a lovely church outside with a nice courtyard and grassy areas, a lot of people congregate on the grass on summer days and the atmosphere with everyone is brilliant, we have a lot of events held there such as markets for foreign foods which is quite interesting and great to learn and taste. We sometimes have medieval festivals which is great for kids to learn the fun way.
The night life could really do with a massive improvment but we're getting there and i'm sure it's on Grimsby's to do list, the most popular is the matrix which is a rock club and has lots of local bands playing and it's an awesome night out and one of Grimsby's own local band 'Demoralizer' has just got a signed contract onto asking alexandra's label and are touring soon starting in Brighton and they're really swell guys with a big fan base already. There's also old lloyds which is our rock pub, gullivers our rock night club, and if you prefer the chart music, there's the clubs on the riverhead, and lots of other little pubs dotted around the nightlife. Thw weekends are pretty busy but if your planning on coming down, Tuesday is the night to do it, it's so busy you can hardly move anywhere but still manage to get served and is really cheap because it's student prices all night and is open until 5am.
A lot of people slate Grimsby, even if they haven't even been here so i suggest people come visit before hand because we have loads to offer, I went to Birmingham a month ago, and I have never prayed for home so much in my life, our streets are clean you don't feel foreign in your own home, you know people are friendly and your gonna have a good time, but in large cities like that, it's completely opposite.
im 13, and for me and lots of other people my age, Grimsby is horrible. Everything is boarded up, everyone speaks like a chav and it stinks of fish. However, we do have a shopping center and a beach close to us.
I have lived in Grimsby all my life, I was born in 1960 near the Peoples Park, and over the last 15 to 20 years it has become very Grim with boarded up properties and what was the main shopping street then was Freeman Street, there was the Market full of life unlike now, it has become A slum, and the council keeps making promises to re-new it and even knock part of it down and construct homes and new shops, but nothing even gets done here, we are also in the top league of the most Obese towns in the area and not only that People are so ignorant of Disabilities when it come to those that are known as hidden Disabilities, and I should know by first hand experience as I have one of the hidden disabilities.
There are some good parts though, like Freshney place shopping centre, and the Auditorium, sports centre plus the open spaces such as all the Parks, and just up the road is cleethorpes with beach, boating lake and clean open spaces.
But if I had the choice I would move away from here and move to Blackpool as I get more respect from the People and day trippers when I amtaken ill due to my severe Epilepsy, so if you are thinking of moving here Do Not Bother it's just a very Grim Town.
Grimsby. GRIMsby. The name says it all really... Or does it?
Underneath the bleak, cloudy/rainy, fish scented surface there really is a great little town.
It may not be big and it may not have everything we wish it did but it's not a bad place to live. Firstly, I have just GOT to mention the fish in this town. It's absolutely delicious. I haven't had better fish and chips anywhere. My favourite chippie is down littlefield lane but I have heard rave reviews about a restaurant called Steel's in cleethorpes as well.
Freshney place. Named after the river freshney which is a bit dire to be fair but the shopping centre is nice. Not alot of choice but at least the shops we do have keep us up to date with fashion to suit every price range. Eg, primark to the little departments in Binns. Also got all the major stores like hmv, smiths, marks + sparks etc. (Sadly, we have just lost woolies but the memory will live on at least until they take down the fascias)
There are numerous restaurants and bars dotted around the town centre. Again, big names such as wetherspoons and lloyds. A small yet perfectly formed pizza hut sits opposite freshney place, right next to the bus depot. And there is a brand new restaurant called Mr Jones which is a buffet place which I adore. I went there for my birthday and it was fantastic. Good value for money. Another good restaurant would be Oriental Express in Cleethorpes, same sort of buffet style as Mr Jones, just with oriental food. For fast food lovers there are 6 Mcdonalds, 3 KFC's and a burger king. Also a little joint called Howells within Freshney Place.
We also have pretty much everything other towns have to offer (technically some of it is in cleethorpes but whatever). We have 3 tesco's including the express one down GY road, asda, sainsburys and morrisons. Also discount chains aldi and we have 2 lidl's. There is a bowling alley, cinema, arcades, 2 mini golf's, pleasure island theme park, 3 leisure centres, auditorium, i'm pretty sure lazer quest is still around but don't quote me on that.
There is also a caravan park next to the theme park which is pretty nice too.
All in all, we're not a bad place to visit. The resort is full of people from yorkshire every year for the carnival or just to have a mooch round town. When all this is right under your nose you take it for granted but it's a nice place to be.
Right I?ll be honest Grimsby isn?t one of the most attractive places to visit, to be honest I wouldn?t advise you to come here because it?s a bit well?.. Grim. But if for some reason life takes you to Grimsby I?ll point out the most attractive features there. ~~~Freshney Place~~~ Even though it?s not one of the largest towns, Grimsby has quite a good medium sized precinct called freshney place. This is one of the only reasons I come to Grimsby, as it has better shops then where I live (30 min away). This has all your main high street stores all under one roof, like your index, and your woolies, pilot, TK Maxx, virgin, HMV, Boots, Bay, Starbucks. And the rest. The facilities are good as well. If you are not that mobile, they hire out wheelchairs. And for the little kiddies push around cars for when they start moaning that their legs hurt. There are a number of toilets which are all nice and clean might I add. In all I think this is the best part of Grimsby ~~~~Leisure Centre and Auditorium~~~ These are next door to one another this is probably why I decided to put them into the same category. Although these are quite a way out of the main ?centre? of town so it is a little hard to find if you are not familiar with the area. But don?t worry too much it is signposted. First I?ll talk about the leisure centre as I have been here more oftern. This is mainly because it has an ice skating rink. Ok I admit its only a small one but its still fun. Its open daily and on saterday night they have ice discos, which is a bit like your general disco but on ice. Great fun when I was a young teen wouldn?t fancy it much now though.. If you wanted to take your little children ice skating the best time to go is in the morning as all the young teenagers can?t drag themselves out of bed at this time to come ice skating ? what I?m trying to say is that its pretty quiet at this time. As a leisure centre they have other
things to do as well. This involves a small (and I mean small) swimming pool) But I think this is just for little children to have a play about with their parents without getting scared by the other big adults. They also use this pool to teach people how to swim. They also have squash, badminton and tennis courts if you fancy a bit of racket activity. Not a very big place the leisure centre I admit. But an alright place to waste a couple of hours. Now the auditorium. As you may have guessed, is where a number of shows go on and activities, we have also had a few concerts here to be honest. Not just by local bands, but three famous bands that have played here are Atomic Kitten, Weatus, and Liberty X. They must have been in a bad point in their career when they decided to play here, as well it isn?t the largest of places. The events that take place here are they often have craft stalls set up inside here, or car boots. I suppose to make some money when the auditorium isn?t showing anything.. Oh and I?ve just heard that blazing squad are going to be playing here next weekend, better inform my teenybopper friends of mine. ~~~Fishing Heritage centre~~~ This is the only museum/finding out place that I know of in Grimsby. As Grimsby has been a fishing town for centuries this takes you on a journey on what it would have been like to go on a trawler ship.. (wow very exciting I hear you all say). I Haven?t been here for years as I only visited it once or twice when I first moved to a town near Grimsby ~~~Cinema~~ Surprise surprise Grimsby does have a cinema in fact its just been converted into an Odeon. But the seats are still arranged so you can?t see over the persons head in front of you, the carpets are still sticky and there?s still a peculiar smell hanging in the air but apart from that it is an alright cinema. It is not in the centre but still down a shopping street called freeman street where you get all yo
ur saving stores charity shops and small businesses. It costs you £4.60 for adults and £3.60 for children, oh and the bargain day is Wednesday if you really wanted to know where all seats are £3.60. ~~~~Grimsby town football stadium~~~ Hey I almost forgot. If you are a big fan of football Grimsby have there own team but I very much doubt you?d want to support them, its actually in Cleethorpes even thought its Grimsby town playing but don?t ask me why, it can seat up to 10,000. Not bad for our old small town of Grimsby. To be honest I can?t think of any more things to say about Grimsby, Its not a very interesting place and I Wouldn?t advise you to come here on holiday. Just thought I?d warn you
Grimsby is a town, which is always put down with out a reason. Grimsby has everything to offer, even more! I was born in Grimsby maternity Hospital and was bought up in Grimsby and still live here just a few years on. When all the dramtic changes went on in Grimsby i was still very young but i have still seen a big change. Grimsby was once a small village, which was founded by Mr Grim as which, the name Grimsby came. His statue is now stood in the grounds of Grimsby College with a few parts missing. Grimsby is known for drunken louts, robberies and crime but where doesn't it go on. Grimsby is the lucky's place for doing the lottery with a recorded number of 3 winners in the same town and a football team which has had 2 trips to Wembly and won both so can't be bad Ah? People living in Grimsby are seen as having a road to know where as there is little jobs and a train line which rightly ends in Cleethorpes. Grimsby and Cleethorpes are known as 1 town and why not, it takes minutes to get to Cleethorpes lovely beach to Grimsby town. Cleethorpes beach is known as somewhere to KEEP WAY, but WHY??? I took a vist down there last summer to find out..... Well, there was Know sewage left on the shoreline, No rubbish and no dog poo so what?s wrong? I couldn't see anything. There were children playing in the water and woman and men sunbathing on the beach, ENJOYING THEMSELVES. Grimsby had a large amount of scabby old building and flats which was a terrible site but they have been pulled down and been rebuild with houses or been redone in a modern way, lifts, painted walls in stead of old and cold concrete. Grimsbys also has a great shopping centre, great for anyone! It has all the top stores like , House of Fraser, Boots, Topshop etc and small ones like Shoe faire where you go for the bargains. Grimsby is also looking forward to the newest HMV around. The fresheny Place is a huge building with its own multi
story car park and huge selection of shops and even its own market so you can never say to can't find anything. Grimsby is also known for its Fish docks. They do great jobs because the fish and chips are wonderful. Try them if you can one day. People go on about the smell but my dad works there and when we go to get him, I can hardy smell a thing. So Grimsbys a great town, worth a look one day!!! Give it the chance to show you what its got!
I have lived in Grimsby all of my life and I have to say it is quite a nice place to live in. There is a shopping centre called Freshney Place. There are many shops here to choose from, such as Next, Dorothy Perkins, Sports Soccer, JJB, Virgin, Woolworths, Boots, W H Smith, Index, Argos and many others. I very really have to go elsewhere to find what I want. Cleethorpes joins onto Grimsby and is very popular with thousands of tourists every year especially day-trippers from Yorkshire. There is a beach although I wouldn’t recommend swimming in it. There is also Pleasure Island that is a fairly big theme park. It has many big rides and my two kids love it. It is quite expensive though with tickets around £10. Grimsby also has a first division football team who play their games at Blundell Park in Cleethorpes. My husband is a regular visitor there and although the team is lacking skill the ground is actually all right. Grimsby has a big college that caters for many students on a variety of courses. One problem with Grimsby is the lack of jobs. It is very difficult to find a well-paid job that is interesting and satisfying. There are many jobs available in fish factories but let’s face it, who wants to work in one of those. Overall Grimsby is a nice friendly place to live. There are bad areas but there is wherever you go so you cannot win.
An opinion about Grimsby, now that one’s a toughie! You see, I have to love Grimsby, it’s my home town, the place where I was born, grew up and became an adult (stop sniggering, triplecthegame) but it’s also just an industrial town in the middle of nowhere with high unemployment and a “lovely” aroma whenever the wind is blowing the wrong way (if it’s not the docks that are a wee bit whiffy it’ll be the fish factories, you can’t win!) I left Grimsby in 1994 (I think, the old memory isn’t as good as it used to be) I don't go back to visit very often and a heck of a lot has changed in Grimsby in that time, for this reason mine won’t be a comprehensive guide to the treasures to be found in Grimsby, more an opinion to give you a feel for the place as a whole. I once heard Grimsby described as “the end of the line” and I believe that this is a name that suits the town very well. It really is the end of the line as far as trains go, well, for 100% accuracy the train line actually ends in Cleethorpes, but to be absolutely honest most people treat Grimsby and Cleethorpes as one town anyway, they are completely and inextricably joined together, most people don’t even know where one starts and the other begins, although the border, I believe, runs right the way down the middle of the road in a terraced street called Park Street. Grimsby Town Football Club is actually in Cleethorpes too. Grimsby is situated on the banks of the River Humber in the county of North East Lincolnshire, it used to be in the county of Humberside but reverted back to Lincolnshire a couple of years ago after many years of campaigning from local residents who hadn’t wanted the county to change in the first place. The nearest decent sized cities to Grimsby are Hull, Doncaster and Lincoln, but these are each around an hours drive away, so most people in the surrounding villages tend
to come into Grimsby to do their shopping. The shopping in Grimsby is incredibly good considering it isn’t actually that large a town, but as I said before it does have a very large catchment area. Most of the usual high street shops can be found in Freshney Place, Grimsby’s main shopping centre, including WH Smiths, BHS, Boots, Superdrug, Ottakers and lots more. I don’t want to harp on about the actual shops in Grimsby, if you would like to read a factual opinion about this and other aspects of Grimsby then I’d recommend Triplecthegame's opinion, which is very thorough indeed. Suffice to say that the shopping has improved immeasurably from when I was a child. Back then Grimsby town centre was called “the precinct” and was a very unattractive place. There was far too much concrete around, including enormous, ugly planters that never contained any plants (but lots of rubbish) and the place had a generally unkempt and uncared for look about it. Freshney place put an end to all of that. It took a good couple of years to renovate the precinct about ten or so years ago, but the inconvenience was well worth it. The concrete was gone forever, replaced with shiny, clean tiles and a wonderful glass roof, the precinct had always been open to the elements before, but the new Freshney Place shopping experience helped to tempt national companies to trade in Grimsby, Freshney place is an achievement that Grimsby people can really be proud of, and pride in our town is something that we Grimsby people have in abundance! Grimsby people don’t normally tend to move away from Grimsby. There is, of course, the odd exception to this rule, I’m one of them! Even so, very few of the people that I was at school with have left Grimsby, a lot of Grimsby people buy a house on the same estate, or even in the same street that they grew up in and quite happily spend the rest of their lives living there, and
there’s nothing wrong with that! Grimsby, like many Northern towns is almost like one huge family. Every body knows everybody else and it’s impossible to go out anywhere in Grimsby without seeing somebody you know. Grimsby people are also, in general, incredibly friendly. I remember hearing years ago that the people in Nottingham were some of the friendliest in the country, well, I’ve lived in Nottingham and I think that Grimsby people beat them hands down. Now that I’m living down South I appreciate this an awful lot more. No offence, Southerners, but I’ve noticed that a lot of people working in shops, etc, in London and the Home Counties wouldn’t know good manners if they jumped up and bit them on the bottom. I was shocked on a recent visit to Grimsby that the lady in the bakers was actually smiling, and had a chat with me, I’d forgotten what it was like to be served by a shop assistant who didn’t act like I was ruining her day by asking her to take my money! The town itself has improved beyond measure in recent years. Grimsby town council do an excellent job of maintaining and improving the town, better than anywhere else I’ve lived. Not only do Grimsby people now have a great shopping centre, but an enormous project has recently been completed to convert a disused railway line into a much needed direct route through the town. Grimsby council also deserve much credit for work carried out on the multi-storey council flats in the town. They had always been a complete eyesore, in a terrible state of repair, nobody wanted to live there, but rather than tear them down the Council had them gutted and completely renovated. They are all sought after residences now! In one of the blocks the flats are only available to elderly residents, the top floor has been converted into a restaurant and community area, and the lobby is manned 24 hours a day, non residents are not allowed in
without authorization from the resident they’re coming to visit. The elderly residents feel safe and secure but still retain their independence. This housing project is envied and copied across the country! It could all have been so very, very different though! Back in the ‘90s Grimsby pronounced itself “Europe’s Food Town”, but with the declining fish stocks meaning that Grimsby is now a shadow of the thriving fishing port it once was, this title could have had a very hollow ring. Not only have several large fish processing companies pulled out of Grimsby, but so have KP Foods, who until recently had an enormous snack food factory in the town. Having said that, there are still several very large fish product manufacturing factories in the town, and many smaller ones which are growing all the time. There are also vegetable processing factories and a thriving population of enormous factories along the banks of the Humber Estuary including Tioxide, which is the owner of the infamous chimney known locally as “Titans chimney” which is incredibly tall and something of a local landmark, along with the Grimsby Dock Tower. Both of these can be seen for miles around when approaching Grimsby by train, by road or by boat and even from the air! It's rumoured locally that pilots flying into Manchester Airport and the nearby Humberside Airport use these landmarks as a point of reference when approaching the coast! Grimsby is also making a name for itself on the tourist map. Not that I can imagine that many people pondering where to go on holiday would suddenly say “do you know, I’ve always wanted to go to Grimsby” but Cleethorpes is quite a popular holiday choice, especially with Yorkshire people, for some reason. Most people whilst visiting Cleethorpes spend a day or two in Grimsby during their stay, and perhaps surprisingly, there is quite a lot to do. Grimsby is very proud of it’
s fishing heritage museum, which is quite similar to the Jjorvik centre in York in that it displays models of everyday Grimsby life in years gone by with “authentic” smells to accompany them. Docked close to the heritage centre is the Lincoln Castle, now a bar and restaurant but in years gone by, before the completion of the Humber Bridge, it was a passenger ferry, shipping people from the South side of the Humber to Hull on the North side. The shopping, naturally, is quite a draw, but there is also a leisure centre, an enormous swimming pool and a cinema which has three screens, if my memory serves me correctly! Night life in Grimsby is also something to be experienced! I must admit that most people, especially those that my friends and I used to refer to as "townies" go out to one of the numerous bars and nightclubs in Cleethorpes. Cleethorpes has much more credibility than Grimsby for nightlife. Personally, I never took to Cleethorpes, my local was the "Barge" which is docked just outside Freshney Place in Grimsby Town Centre and in my day used to be the only place to be seen for metal-heads, glammies, goths and the like! I also used to frequent what I believe to be the only decent nightclub in Grimsby, which is just across the road from the Barge and is called "Gullivers". It's been there for as long as I can remember and in all of that time it hasn't changed one little bit. Inside it's very small and very dark, the dancefloor is about the size of the average postage stamp and the carpets haven't been changed in so long that whenever it gets hot and sweaty inside (which is often) your feet stick to the floor because of all of the drinks that've accumulated there over the years! Oh dear, I'm so sorry, I must apologise for subjecting you all to such a long opinion, well done if you made it this far, I never intended for this opinion to be such an epic! It's just t
hat all in all, I’ve got an awful lot of affection for Grimsby, and I’m proud to tell people that I’m Grimsby born and bred, True, it’s not the prettiest of towns, but Grimsby people more than make up for that as they are some of the nicest and most honest people I’ve ever met. If that’s not enough for you, Grimsby has also spawned some excellent Dooyooers, Triplecthegame, Grimsbygal and jenniferd to name a few that I’m aware of, and who knows how many others are lurking in the Dooyoo closet! What more could you ask for from a town?!!! Grimsby is truly great, go Grimsby, go Grimsby….
Grimsby's a great little town don't you think?, whats that you say? No! why I oughta come round and give you a good thrashing right now, whaddya mean you're not going to tell me your home address? does that mean I've actually got to try and change your opinion from right here in front of my computer screen?, what do you take me for?, a dooyooer? Oh hang on I am! so lets get reviewing shall we. First a little background, I've lived here in this town we call Grimsby for a total of 21 years now and well I like the place it has to be said but then we stick with what we know don't we? (well I am thinking of moving to New Zealand but thats a different story altogether!), Now heres where most people might start to go on about the major events they've seen happen in the town but hey there isn't that much to tell, 3 lottery winners, 2 trips to wembley from our local football team (before it gets demolished) and errrrrrrrrrrr oh yeah! some woman who works in my local Lateshopper won the national bingo game at Gala recently, exciting stuff eh? OK I admit it when it comes to life-changing events Grimsby isn't the place to be but it is homely though, theres all the regular attractions of a regular suburban town, shopping centre, plenty of schools, standard night-life and an average public transport service. So lets start with the shopping shall we? Freshney Place, a haven for school-children after 4 'o' clock and at weekends/school holidays its packed with most of your average high street stores and some of your not so average high street stores for your clothing needs theres the usual big names of Top Shop, Next and River Island all vying for your clothing needs plus a couple of local retailers in the duller side of the centre (market end) so you've got a little bit of a choice if you like you're clothing to be a little un-expensive then head to the local retailers, they don't stock the big names but then
its not the label you're paying for is it?, However if you like to wear instantly(-ish) recognizable names on your clothes then stick to the big names, but expect an average price increase of approximately £5 per garment. Clothes not your choice well then theres the choice of music stores - wait for it theres a grand total of two specialist music stores in the Freshney Place area, sure WHSmith and Woolworths stock music but its really Virgin and Andys Records you want to hit, once again theres a bit of a difference, Virgins better if you know exactly what you want to buy or are looking for that slightly hard to find album that might be hiding in the aisles but theres little to no customer service here, most of the staff are usually too busy behind the counter or re-stocking the shelves to notice someone in need of assistance however once your at the counter with purchases already at hand we have to give a double thumbs up here because almost all of the staff serve you with a smile and seem genuinely happy to be there and of course we've got to look at those prices, well, errrm, good..... but not great, if you're looking for only one album you'll be better off looking elsewhere because 9 times out of 10 you can expect a price between £13.49 and £14.99 for one album, however if you hit them for the multibuys then hurrah, jackpot! 2 for £22, but they have some competition so at that stage we move onto Andys, my personal favourite, customer service here is second to none looking for a song but only know the lyrics, then ask the staff! they're always willing to help and even better they can delve into Andys huge back catalogue at ease and come up with that very-rare-hard-to-find Mongolian album just for you, all of this at a reasonable price, usually around £12.99 for an album and you can't fault them, except their store is outside of Freshney Place so you have to get cold to visit, jeez that paragraph went on sorry! What music
and clothes aren't your cup of tea? well then it'll be books you're after then, so follow me sir/madam (delete as applicable) - this time theres only really 2 contenders again, Ottakers and WHSmith and sorry WHSmith but Ottakers out-does you on every scale here, price - well you can almost always find the book you're searching for cheaper at Ottakers, customer service - comfy chairs to sit and read your choices in Ottakers, say no more! but being serious this is a close run thing, both stores have great customer service its just Ottakers seems a little bit more homelier, and finally selection well once again Ottakers wins hands down if you can't find the book you're looking for ask, if the store assistant can't point it out to you then more often than not they'll be able to order it where-as with WHSmith seemingly branching into other products they just don't seem to have the same selection that Ottakers do, sorry! Last bit on shopping, honest! general stores, these are basically going to be your shops that can't be categorized into one area or don't have any major competition in the area, well theres Woolworths (or Woolies whichever takes your fancy) which as with everywhere else is your average everything-under-one-roof store, Music, Videos, Games, Clothes, Sweets and plenty of homewares straight across the way from Woolworths is the only dedicated games store in the town - Electronics Boutique, catering for your Dreamcast, Playstation 1/2, PC, N64 and Gameboy needs efficiently, theres Dixons, Currys and Comet (with Dixons being the only one in the centre but the others aren't *that* far away) these all come under the same banner because theres not that much that seperates them and your two main catalogue shops - Index and Argos, much the same as Dixons etc there isn't anything that seperates these two stores hence them going in this category. Before I go special mention must be made for a small independ
ent store tucked away in the outskirts of the main shopping area called StarRider, its a Sc-fi fans heaven with availability of any daft memorabilia you need to find at a price thats just right! Shopping over!, honest! now we move onto nightlife (groan), not exactly the best offerings to be honest this is a town that has its fair share of 'rough pubs' (not mentioning any names, at all lets just leave those out eh?), but there are a couple of genuinely great places, first off on 'the crawl' there is the Wheatsheaf a traditional local pub which caters to a lot of youths from the local colleges (we'll get back to those later) and offers a decent pint/bottle/whatever at varying prices and with the add-on 'Its a Scream!' then its usually a good place to start, sober still? then lets continue - into town we go and onto 'Woods' (full name TP Woods) a night-club-style of pub that offers a wide range of choices in beers and unfortunatly alcopops (god I hate them) and seems to have a mixed clientelle of people ranging from late-teen to early forties, however as with the whole of the town centre to get served you need to be able to shout because the volume the music gets played at thats the only way the bar-staff are going to hear you, (I won't repeat this sentence over and over again - lets just say that this is the same for all establishments in this paragraph) after that we move onto the local 'Edwards' (my favourite) once again we have a very varied clientelle and drinks at a price that doesn't hurt your pocket too much, along with it being one of only 2 places that plays any music different to the usual dance music in this section the bouncers seem to be of just the right tempremant for a pub in town. Now then a warning the next pub we're going to hit is Huxters, not so much of a pub than a pub/nightclub - during the day its a quiet bar at night its a heaving nightclub, want to go in there for free
on Saturday? get in there before 10:30pm otherwise you have to pay (don't know how much - never been late), so if you're a 'con-artist' like me just go in there approximately 10:25 stay for a quick drink then back to Edwards making sure you get your stamp on the back of your hand that allows you to re-enter for free on your way out, as a nightclub, its alright but there seems to be a core contingency of youngsters that go there (we're not talking 19-upwards, more like 15-upwards) and of course some of them are only there for a fight, so after ducking a couple of fists its onto the specialist night-club of towm 'Gullys' (full name Gullivers) which costs £4 to get in and is a shoebox to be honest, the drinks as with any other nightclub in the UK the drinks aren't much cheaper than the entrance fee, but then theres the music, now we have a different choice - everything from 'dance' to 'rock and a little in between, its not the best place to end the night but, well if you're on a pub-crawl 21-year-old-stylee then its the only place to end your night. What you're not into that kind of night out? don't blame you so lets move away from the town centre shall we? well theres more quiter pubs for you to visit such as 'the Longship' (very hard to find) well thats one of those places where if you're not a regular there you stand out like a sore thumb but the prices are cheap so hey-ho, others well theres the Trawl, a bit more of an upper-class pub and a lot more quieter than the town centre pubs and really I have to be honest those are the only 2 I visit in town, now I know theres a lot of 'Social Clubs' in town but trust me I don't even dare give those a look! You want to eat out? well you'll be lucky - we're looking mostly at the public houses again which will gladly put out 'pub food' for you at a reasonable price and after that we're looking at all the usual
local takeaways and eat-out places, so there isn't that much to say really, we're a fishy town so of course theres a few fish restaurants dotted about but you're more likely to find your local 'chipp' (fish and chip shop) than a restaurant. So you want to get educated do you? well theres plenty of schools in and around the town theres my old school Hereford (the best because I hail from there - natch), Western school (Herefords rivals, sorry but it still happens) and Wintringham school - well these are the three main schools of the town and surprise surprise I prefer Hereford, well I would wouldn't I but it usually comes down to which area of town you live in as to which school to go to and they're all pretty much the same, but then if you look a little further there are a few more schools 'Tollbar' school, Healing Comp amongst others these are very hard for me to even comment on as I've never been so I'll abstain, just so that you know they're there. What you're too old for senior school? well its time for college then my good friend and you have one of two choices - Grimsby College or Franklin College, Franklin being the newer and Grimsby College being the bigger of the two, now having been a student at both colleges from one time to another I have to say that I preferred my time at Franklin, I don't know if its because its newer but all the staff seemed to have a more student-friendly feel to them where-as Grimsby College there was only one member of staff who I could say the same about, luckily it was my tutor (Sally-Ann) but unfortunately shes left the college now, however I only ever noticed her office as I was on a distance learning course at the college but I still had time to meet other tutors (replacements for holiday/sick/whatever) and none of them really seemed as approachable as Sally-Ann, maybe its because they weren't my usual tutors but they just didn't seem to care,
where-as no matter what relationship you had with tutors from Franklin they seemed only too pleased to help you, however when it came to facilities then both of them rate highly with Grimsby College only just coming out on top due to a special restaurant just for students, sorry if my looks at the local education isn't that extensive but then I have to admit that a lot of my time at college I didn't ever think that I'd be writing a review on dooyoo about them hence the shortness! Now then you've got your education you need a job, well, good luck! the jobs market in Grimsby isn't great, its good but its not perfect in fact you're more than likely going to end up working in one of the many factories to be found around grimsby or work for one of the tonne of employment agencies that seem to be saturating the town at the moment for minimum pay (currently at my chosen place of work £4.20 an hour on a 36 hour week), so its not great but stick at it with 'some' of the companies and you might find promotion if you're lucky. Finally you look tired after all that work, I've got just the thing for you - non-alcohol-enduced fun!, well theres some fun to be had, one cinema that doesn't show 'that many' different films in fact you're lucky if theres 4 films being shown at any one time and some of the more 'popular' films get over-looked completely most recent victim - Coyote Ugly, so if you're wanting to see a film then it'd be better to visit one of the mega-plexes in Kingston-Upon-Hull (only half an hour to an hours drive) theres a lot better selection there, But if its live performances you're wanting we have the auditorium - its held concerts to some of the best and some of the worst bands/acts ever - best being Beautiful South and James, worse being the likes of Roy 'Chubby' Brown and his like, prices aren't that bad but they're not too great either and because the
place is so danged small it often sells out fast after that for fun theres the comedy of errors that is watching the local football team Grimsby Town Football Club lose again (not technically in Grimsby, Blundell Park is in Cleethorpes now theres a bit of trivia for you) and of course as with a lot in Grimsby we have a small-town club with a small-town budget so if you're going to support us don't expect any big name signings eh? and last but not least (but very nearly) theres the 'Heritage Centre' also known as the 'National Fishing Museum', aye we used to be the biggest fishing port in the world don't you know and the fair councillors of Grimsby decided to create a museum to commemorate this and well OK its extensive if you ever wanted to know about fishing (not a lot of us do) and some of it is very interesting, but not much, sorry. Well there you go a grimbarians point of view on Grimsby, did I change your thoughts on the town?, No? well I changed mine, I'm off to New Zealand! Yo Taxi!!
Ok so here is my first major update. I have just looked over my old opinions and am quite disgusted with the quality. Grimsby isn’t as bad as it smells, it’s actually worse. I am only joking. So Grimsby might smell of fish but it is not that bad. I hated the plaice (please excuse the pun) until I moved away from the area but know I quite like it. I tend to go home once a month and cannot get enough of it. Don’t get me wrong there are some bad areas but if you live in a place with non you are very, very lucky. I class Cleethorpes as Grimsby as well as they are joining towns and it’s hard to say where one ends and the other starts. SO really this opinion is not just on Grimsby but on Cleethorpes as well so think of it this way you are getting two opinions for the price of one. SHOPPING As I am a skint student one thing I try to do when I am back home is go shopping. Preferably with my mum when she is feeling generous. If you are shopping for clothes Cleethorpes is a no no. Actually, unless you are shopping for fish and chips or a stick of rock Cleethorpes is a waste of time. The main shopping area is Freshney Place that is in Grimsby’s town centre. It is a fairly big shopping centre with plenty of shops to chose from. Some of the most popular shops amongst the locals and also tourists are Next, Dorothy Perkins, Woolworths, New Look, Marks and Spencers, BHS, Binns (Known more commonly as House of Frazer), River Island, H Samuel, Burtons, Sports Soccer, JJB, and also many more. It is very clean and also operates with a non-smoking policy around the centre that is good news for people like me. SPORT Football Blundell Park is actually in Cleethorpes so in theory Grimsby Town never plays at home. I have been to this ground on many occasions to watch the great Mariners and I can honestly say on a Saturday afternoon it is one of the coldest grounds in the country
with the North Sea blowing straight into your face. Grimsby Town is quite a well-known club and in 1998 they got to Wembley twice in one season and won on both occasions. I am proud to say I was there cheering my hometown on as were most of Grimsby. As for other sports, there are many to chose from and there is a good athletics track called King George that is used for several competitions throughout the summer. EDUCATION There are many Secondary schools dotted around all over the place. The two best ones in the area for both results and truancy rates are Humberston and Healing. There are also a few sixth forms and two colleges. Grimsby College is also a campus for the University of Nottingham. JOBS There are plenty of jobs in the fish industry if you are prepared to work long hours in factories. It is hard to find a well-paid job that provides you with job satisfaction in Grimsby. CRIME Okay so there are a few crimes in Grimsby but not many in comparison to most other places in the country. There have been a few murders in the past few years but the culprits have been caught. HISTORY Grimsby is one of the biggest ports in the world, known as the food town of Europe. They have the National Heritage Fishing Museum, which is quite popular with the tourists. Grimsby is also known for being lucky with many lottery millionaires and is sometimes referred to as Winsby. TOURISM Believe it or not Grimsby is popular with tourists from around the country. Cleethorpes is the main place for tourists popular with people from Yorkshire in particular. It has many B&B and holiday camps as well the most popular being Thorpe Park that is a caravan park. There are plenty of places for people to go such as Pleasure Island theme park, the beach, leisure centre, bowling alley and amusement arcades amongst others. EATING OUT I
f you are feeling a bit puckish there are many places in Grimsby to go. If you are into fish and chips Grimsby is the place to be. Here you will find the most famous and tastiest fish and chips in the country. Trust one lot you will be going back for more. There are also some nice restaurants in the town although the best places are probably the country pubs. Food is cheap everywhere and if you are a McDonalds freak there are three in the town to choose from. 9two drive-thrus) DRINKING Grimsby town centre has many pubs and is busy every weekend but the main place to be for a lively night out is Cleethorpes. The seafront is full of pubs that are cheap and cheerful. They are also some good clubs for a town although I wouldn’t compare them to Cream or top clubs in the country. Pier 39 is the most popular in the town although it costs about £7.00 to get in which is a bit overpriced if you ask me. HOUSING Houses are dirt cheap in Grimsby. There are really nice areas where you can get 3 bedroom bungalows for around £60,000 but you can get a terraced house nearer the centre for anything from £18,000 upwards. Grimsby is a popular place for retired people as the houses are cheap but there is a lack of jobs. CONCLUSION I don’t think Grimsby deserves all the stick it gets from the papers especially the Sun. I have been to many places worse than Grimsby and you can’t argue about the friendliness of the people. People will go out of their way to help anyone. I enjoyed living there for 18 years and like to go back as often as possible. One thing I have noticed that people are a lot more friendlier here than many other areas. One major disadvantage of living in grimsby is the weather. The wind constantly blows from the North Sea and trust me it is cold. If you ever go to Grimsby, take this word of warning, "Wrap up warm"
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