Our Places - North East Lincolnshire
An area which offers easy access to both coast and countryside, North East Lincolnshire has benefitted from considerable investment in its towns and new industries in recent years. Affordable property prices, easy commuting and friendly communities make this an attractive place to settle.
Thriving towns and easy access to coast and countryside
North East Lincolnshire boasts a very appealing mix of coastline, countryside and attractions. Pretty villages such as Laceby, Waltham, Healing and Great Coates offer a good quality of life with affordable property prices and easy access to local amenities.
The area has retained much of its traditional industry with its ports and food production but has recently seen new investment in offshore wind and renewable energy. The towns of Grimsby and Cleethorpes have also seen major improvements to their facilities and town centres.
Long stretches of coastline, beautiful beaches and a historic pier plus other attractions in Cleethorpes make this an excellent place for family life. Property prices are lower than the national average and people new to the area are likely to be surprised by how far their money goes. Short commuting times in the region and good road access to surrounding areas make North East Lincolnshire a good proposition when combined with several excellent schools.
For just a flavour of what North East Lincolnshire has to offer, our local tips are:
North East Lincolnshire has plenty of places to explore. You can discover the area’s rich heritage at the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, an award-winning attraction where you can take a tour of the historic ‘Ross Tiger’ trawler. Another unsung gem is the Time Trap Museum at Grimsby Town Hall. Set in the old police cells, the museum gives an insight into the town’s development.
Waltham Windmill is a working mill which has a number of original features including the Railway Carriage Tea Room, a vintage and craft boutique and a Museum of Rural Life.
There are many other cultural attractions and historical sites nearby, such as Thornton Abbey and Gatehouse in Ulceby, Gainsborough Old Hall and Lincoln Castle. The historic market towns and cities of Beverley, York and Lincoln are also only a short journey away.
Located in the countryside amongst the hills and open spaces, North East Lincolnshire’s villages offer beautiful homes in peaceful locations, whilst still within easy reach of the larger towns of Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham.
Laceby, Waltham, Healing and Great Coates are all popular with people who come to live in the area and offer the best of both worlds with the peace and tranquillity of the countryside alongside ease of access for work and amenities.
You don’t have to travel far before you’re in the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where the landscape forms some of Britain's finest countryside. This area offers excellent routes for walking, cycling and horse riding with many options for days out including Red Hill Nature Reserve, Lincolnshire Wolds Railway and Claythorpe Watermill.
The long coastline offers plenty of options for enjoying the water with kite surfing, wind surfing, canoeing, jet skis, water-skiing and yachting. There are three Yacht Clubs plus a number of water sport clubs providing lessons on the sea, reservoirs and lakes. Cleethorpes has several attractions such as the Victorian Pier, originally opened in 1837 which has been refurbished.
The Discovery Centre is a free attraction which has art exhibitions and stunning views from the ABP observatory, plus a boating lake, sandpit and paddling pool to keep visitors of all ages entertained.
The Jungle Zoo is an interactive zoo where children can have safe physical access to animals, gain a better understanding of wildlife and learn more about the natural world around them.
Freshney Place in Grimsby has more than 100 shops, cafes and restaurants. If you like the idea of exclusive brands and labels visit Abbeygate, home to a range of independent boutiques.
Cleethorpes has a variety of small businesses, larger retail chains and boutiques and specialist shops on Sea View Street, which also includes quality eateries and coffee shops.
A little further afield, Hull has a number of cultural highlights, and the shopping havens of Leeds and Sheffield are within 90 minutes’ drive.
Food and Drink
There are also a number of excellent cafes, pubs and restaurants, including Abby’s Restaurant & Wine Bar and Sage Rustic Dining.
If you’re a bit of a foodie you’ll love Grimsby’s monthly Farmer’s Market, where you’ll find a selection of local produce, including cheese, bread, cakes, lamb, pork and ostrich meat!
Notable primary schools in North East Lincolnshire include Eastfield Primary Academy which is one of 22 schools that form part of the Enquire Learning Trust. Its three drivers are pride, collaboration and understanding. In secondary education, Humberston Academy is a top performing secondary school in North East Lincolnshire and has been recognised nationally with Educational Outcomes awards for its exceptional GCSE performance. Healing Science Academy and Tollbar Academy also boast outstanding Ofsted ratings.
Strong independent school choices include St Martin’s Preparatory School which combines strong traditions of conduct with academic excellence and St James’ School which offers day and boarding options for children aged 2-18 and offers a strong musical and sporting extra-curricular programme.
Commuting and getting around
The area has good road links to the main towns and motorways connecting the UK. Those used to living in a big city will notice the ease of commuting, with remarkably uncongested routes into the main destinations, even at rush hour.
There is a direct rail route from Grimsby to Manchester Airport calling at Sheffield and Doncaster. London by train is 3 hours.
The region has its own Airport with Humberside Airport being only 20 minutes from Grimsby and providing daily flights to Schiphol Amsterdam and onward to other destinations. Several other airlines and tour operators including Flybe and British Airways also offer routes to UK and European airports. The ferry terminal at Hull (45 minutes) also gives you easy access to the continent.