Cleethorpes is a seaside resort on the Lincolnshire east coast of England, on the south bank of the mouth of the River Humber. It merges into the neighbouring town of Grimsby, and this conurbation and rural hinterland comprise the unitary Local Authority of North East Lincolnshire, also called Great Grimsby.
Like Grimsby, it began as a fishing settlement, but evolved instead into a seaside resort when the 19th-century fashion for sea-bathing developed. This was greatly boosted by the arrival of the railway. It thrived until the 1960s, when the Med became accessible to British holidaymakers, and traditional resorts declined. Today most visitors come on day-trips: the motorway puts it within two hours’ drive from the main cities of Yorkshire. Those staying longer are often caravanning.
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