Award-winning local attraction Fishing Heritage Centre to celebrate 30th birthday

Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre

Award-winning local attraction Fishing Heritage Centre to celebrate 30th birthday

The famous local attraction The Fishing Heritage Centre will celebrate its 30th birthday next Tuesday 25 May.

Opened in 1991 as a tribute to the Grimsby fishing industry and the thousands of men who lost their lives at sea, the attraction has won an array of national awards over the years.

Every year, the centre is ranked as a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction and has received special recognition from TripAdvisor for the last eight years for the highly rated feedback from visitors, winning it the Certificate of Excellence and Travellers Choice Award.

The attraction is also a current holder of the Sandford Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Heritage Education and Learning within the Historic Environment”.

Councillor Callum Procter, portfolio holder for economic growth, housing and tourism, said: “Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre really does take you back to the heyday of 1950s Great Grimsby.

“With the sights, sounds and smells of what it was like to be a trawlermen back in the day, you’re sure to feel nostalgic on your visit to the museum and on a tour of the historic trawler Ross Tiger.

“Now in its 30th year, the unique attraction has become a staple of the town, remembering the dangers of life at sea for many of Grimsby’s fishermen.”

David Ornsby, education officer and acting operations manager at the centre, said: “In her speech at the 1991 opening ceremony, Councillor Muriel Barker said ‘We’re paying homage tonight to Grimsby’s great people and its great past, but more than that, we’re affirming our confidence in Great Grimsby’s future. The message is clear, we’re proud of Grimsby!’

“Thirty years on, we are still sharing our pride in our town and telling the story of those that did the most dangerous peacetime occupation in Britain. A group of people that gave us a national dish and made Great Grimsby famous around the world.

“With exciting times ahead for Grimsby, including hopes to expand and develop the wider stories around the creation of our fascinating fishing industry and trawlers, we hope for an even greater future for this very special attraction.”

The centre reopened to the public on Tuesday 18 May and are taking bookings now for visits.

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

Tours of the trawler take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm respectively – but museum-only booking slots are also available.

Bookings to the main museum attraction are currently 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.

Call (01472) 323345 to pre-book your visit.

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