Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre to open for the first time in six months

Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre

Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre to open for the first time in six months

One of Grimsby’s most popular tourist attractions, the Fishing Heritage Centre, will open its doors to the public once again on Tuesday 18 May after being closed since November.

Staff at the museum are preparing for the government’s step three of the lockdown restrictions easing, which allow indoor attractions to open.

Museum visits, which include a tour of the historic Ross Tiger trawler, will begin at 10am, 12pm and 2pm.

Tours of the ship will be taking place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm respectively.

This will be the first time that the Ross Tiger has been open to the public since the pandemic began in March last year.

For those not wishing to tour the trawler, museum-only booking slots are available at various times throughout the day.

Bookings to the main museum attraction will be restricted to a maximum of six people per group, or a group of two households. The centre is currently limiting tours on Ross Tiger to a maximum of six per booking.

Face coverings must be worn within the building and aboard the Ross Tiger, and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines.

The centre has had a full revamp ahead of reopening with all-new sounds and smells, and is running on full digital sound for the first time in the museum’s history, to give visitors more of an authentic experience of what Grimsby was like during its fishing heyday.

There will also be extended commentary which plays never-before-heard stories.

Other Covid-secure measures at the Fishing Heritage Centre will include a one-way route with social distancing markings, a regular cleaning regime, hand sanitiser upon entry and halfway through the route, and Track and Trace details will be obtained upon arrival.

All payments should also be made via contactless.

Councillor Callum Procter, portfolio holder for economic growth, housing and tourism, said: “It’s fantastic that the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre can reopen after being closed for six months. I know staff at the centre will be excited to bring the guided tours of the historic Ross Tiger back for the first time since the pandemic began.

“Grimsby’s fishing heritage is a huge part of our local history, so I’m really pleased we’ve been able to reopen the fishing attraction for people to once again experience the sights, sounds and smells of what it was like to be a Grimsby trawlerman in the 1950s.

Cllr Procter added: “We’re really pleased to be able to reopen this unique attraction and we are proud to be part of the Here For Culture campaign that supports museums, cinemas, heritage and other venues that have been affected by the pandemic.”

All visitors must book via the centre’s reception team by calling (01472) 323345 from 10am on Monday 17 May.

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