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School visits

Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre has maintained a popular school visits programme for over 20 years. In 2016 we were delighted to receive the Sandford Award for Heritage Education, highlighting the quality experience and educational value that a visit here offers. We’re proud of our special attraction and are confident it will take your visiting children on a learning journey they will remember and talk about for a long time.

Our multi-sensory exhibits, object handling, exhibitions and hands on interactives mean that children will engage in this rich topic, whatever their learning style. Further to this, we’re confident that the many cross-curricular opportunities that the topic offers will keep you inspired for more great ideas when back within the classroom.

Get in touch for information on further loans boxes and ideas for extending your learning following or building up to a visit to Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre.

How to book

Please call David Ornsby on 01472 323646 to make a booking or email us on A member of the Education team will talk to you about your visit and put together an itinerary for your visit to the museum.

You will receive a resource pack with your booking confirmation. Payment via cash or invoice or cheque must be made in full on the day of your visit. Please make all cheques payable to North East Lincolnshire Council (you will be charged for the number of pupils who arrive on the day). Please bring full contact details to whom the invoice is to be addressed to if you wish to pay by invoice.


£3.00 per child until April 1st 2016. From 1st April 2016 the cost of visit will be £4 per child with supporting adults and teaching staff free of charge.
We would like to thank the many schools that continue to visit and support the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre.


The Fishing Heritage Centre is committed to diversity and equality and we aim to make our sites as accessible as possible. We can, with sufficient notice modify most learning sessions to meet individual requirements. Please note that we cannot offer access to the Ross Tiger for those with mobility difficulties or to under 5’s. Alternative arrangements can be arranged with prior notice.

Disabled facilities are in place and the café will be happy to cater for any special dietary requirements if given prior notice.

Bad weather policy

Visiting teaching staff risk assessments should take into consideration the effects of poor weather aboard the Ross Tiger trawler especially during the winter months.

Preparing for the visit

If you have not been to our venue before you must undertake a preliminary visit to prepare your own risk assessment of the site.
If such a visit is required please call David Ornsby 01472 323646 to arrange a suitable time. Pre-visits are free to staff from the school.

We conduct our own risk assessments and provide guidance for teachers which can be downloaded at the bottom of the page, but we do encourage teachers to make a preview visit before bringing a group.

Pupils must be supervised at all times during the visit, including breaks. We recommend a ratio of 1:6 on the site. You are responsible for the good behaviour of pupils at all times – including respect of the historic environment and objects.
We reserve the right to ask groups to leave if concerned about their behaviour.

How many pupils can we accommodate at once?

The maximum number of pupils for the Ross Tiger trawler tours are 20 per tour including any staff, we suggest 2 staff per group. Please contact David Ornsby on 01472 323646 for numbers for the whole group visit. Please view downloadable itineraries at the side of this page.

Lunch arrangements

A lunch room is available for you to use, but must be requested at time of booking. If you wish, the staff in the excellent Museum cafe can provide packed lunches for your visit. Please contact us for further details.

The gift shop

The centre has a popular gift shop with a variety of ‘pocket money’ souvenirs available. Prices are kept very fair, with items costing from 95p.

Current popular items include:

  • Logo Pencils – 95p
  • Logo Erasers – 95p
  • Logo Pens – £1.50
  • Logo Notebooks – £1.95

For any further enquiries please contact David Ornsby by phone on 01472 323646 or by email at

Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, Alexandra Dock, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1UZ


Telephone: 01472 323345

Opening times:

Winter – 1st November to 31st March
Tuesday to Friday 10 am – 4 pm (Closed Mondays)
Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm (including bank holidays)

Summer – 1st April to 31st October
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am – 5 pm (Closed Mondays)
Bank holiday Mondays open 10 am – 5 pm