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‘Utterly fascinating’ Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre wins 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award

2:22 pm, Tuesday, 30th August 2022 - 2 years ago


Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre has landed a place among the travellers’ favourites and has been recognised by Tripadvisor as a 2022 Travellers’ Choice award winner.

The award celebrates businesses that have received great traveller reviews on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months. As challenging as the past year has been, Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre stood out by consistently delivering positive experiences to its visitors.

“Congratulations to the 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Winners,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “The Travellers’ Choice Awards recognise the best in tourism and hospitality, according to those who matter most: your guests. Ranking among the Travellers’ Choice winners is always tough — but never more so than this year as we emerge from the pandemic. Whether it’s using new technology, implementing safety measures, or hiring outstanding staff, I’m impressed by the steps you’ve taken to meet travellers’ new demands. You’ve adapted brilliantly in the face of adversity.”

Here’s just a snapshot of what people have been saying on Tripadvisor…

“Utterly fascinating. Probably the most successful “industry” museum I have ever visited.”

“Brilliant and informative museum. World class tour guide Bob, fascinating stories, good laugh and a really great day.”

“Love this place, very interesting and just the right size place.”

“One of the best heritage centres I have been to. Gives a real flavour for the hardship those men (and not forgetting the wives and kids) went through to supply us with fish.” 

“Great immersive experience.”

David Ornsby, operations manager at Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, said: “It has been a challenging time for the museum, but wonderful to see so many visitors enjoying the attraction this year. The small team work exceptionally hard to deliver the services here and it really does mean a lot to see that this is appreciated by those that visit. We are proud to be able to provide a quality visitor experience for Grimsby and North East Lincolnshire.”

Councillor Tom Furneaux, portfolio holder for culture, heritage and visitor economy, said: “I am proud North East Lincolnshire has such a unique and important part of our heritage right here at the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre. This recognition is thoroughly deserved and I am thrilled they have been awarded the 2022 Travellers’ Choice award. I’d like to thank all the staff for the amazing work they do to make a visit to Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre such a great experience.”

Staff at Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre were recently praised for ‘going the extra mile’ by VisitEngland after scoring top marks during an inspection earlier this year and being awarded the accreditation of VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction. The centre scored 100 per cent for its staff, giving the attraction a nomination for the VisitEngland Welcome Award.

In May, the centre was named in the top 10 UK attractions ‘where guides bring history to life’ in The Guardian []. The centre’s trawler guides bring the height of Great Grimsby’s fishing days to life as they tell you all about what life at sea was like.

Throughout the pandemic, staff strived to make the museum and historic trawler Ross Tiger as accessible as possible, following Government grants through the COVID Recovery Fund. This included creating a virtual tour of Ross Tiger, getting a whole host of new smells and sounds inside the museum, and opening up exhibitions in a virtual online gallery

The attraction currently has three new free of charge exhibitions. Sea to Sale explores Grimsby’s relationships with Billingsgate Fish Market and The Fishmonger’s Company. Fish ‘n’ Quips explores the towns relationship with Iceland and the North East Lincolnshire Photographic Society are also currently exhibiting in the Café Gallery. To find out more about Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, visit

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