Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre will turn 30-years-old on Tuesday 25 May.
Built to be a tribute to the world-famous Great Grimsby fishing industry and the thousands of men that sadly lost their lives from our trawlers, the attraction won all the major national awards of its day and remains an award winner today.
The centre annually passes the Visit England assessment to be ranked as a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction and has attained special recognition from TripAdvisor for the past eight years for the highly rated feedback, resulting each year in the award of their 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.”
He added: “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, Cllr 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.”
Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre reopened on Tuesday 18 May and taking bookings now. Call (01472) 323345 to pre-book your visit.
Museum visits, which include Ross Tiger, begin at 10am, 12pm and 2pm, with the tours of the ship taking place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm respectively. Museum-only booking slots are available at various times throughout the day for those not wishing to take a Ross Tiger tour.
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.