Enjoying some of the lowest rainfall in the British Isles, and character to spare, it’s no surprise that Cleethorpes in northeast England is a popular year-round seaside resort. Actually, “seaside” is something of a misnomer. Cleethorpes sits at the mouth of the Humber estuary, so during low tide you’ll need to walk a fair distance across the sand to reach the sea. But with so many traditional charms available to Cleethorpes, the distinction hardly comes into play.
Cleethorpes came into vogue during the 19th century when the health benefits of bathing in seawater came to national attention. Like so many British seaside resorts the town suffered with the rise of inexpensive package holidays, but in recent years it has benefited from a substantial regeneration effort that ensures hotels in Cleethorpes are experiencing a boom in business once again.
It’s easy to get into Cleethorpes and also to explore the surrounding area. The town is well-connected by road and rail. Humberside Airport is just 20 miles away with regular international flights. The resort has over four miles of golden, sandy beach to relax upon, and although you’d struggle to run out of things to do here, there are even more attractions available in neighbouring Grimsby. Another classic resort, Skegness, is only an hour’s drive to the south as well.
Where to stay in Cleethorpes
Naturally, there is a vast range of accommodation types available in this quintessential British seaside resort. If you’re searching for suitable Cleethorpes hotels you can find them set back moments from the seafront, with magnificent views, in the centre of town with restaurants and shops on your doorstep, or out in the beautiful northeast Lincolnshire countryside. Cheap hotels in Cleethorpes are in abundance, but you can also splash out and go high-end if you’re looking for something a little bit special.
You shouldn’t have much trouble finding hotels in Cleethorpes with car parking, or dog-friendly hotels either. Many hotels will provide meals for guests, while others will be a short walk from a cafe.
What not to miss in Cleethorpes
Much of the action in Cleethorpes takes place around the golden beach, of course. On a clear day you can see the silhouettes of shipping traffic in the distance, as well as the Humber Forts, two now abandoned military fortifications that saw action in both World War I and World War II. You might take an easygoing stroll along the promenade, or step aboard the road train if you want to give your feet a rest. Scenic journeys are also possible on the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway which takes you past three stations.
On the beach, children love the traditional donkey rides and watching horse-riders race through the surf. Adrenaline-seekers meanwhile can try kite-surfing and paddle-boarding out in the waves, although a wetsuit is a must.
The award-winning 19th century pleasure pier is an icon of Cleethorpes. During the 1970s it was a hotbed of the Northern Soul movement, while today it is a little more genteel, with a tearoom and fine dining restaurant from which you can take in the views.
Stop for a photograph at the signpost marking the point where the Greenwich Meridian passes through Cleethorpes. Directions and distances to various international locations are given, such as to the North and South Poles.
Cleethorpes has a diverse culinary scene in its beachside cafes, bistros, restaurants and country pubs, and there is plenty of buzzing nightlife to be found in the Victorian streets around the Seaview Street Quarter. There is no shortage of Cleethorpes hotels within walking distance of the bars and clubs.
The town also has a lively cultural calendar, and well-attended annual events include festivals dedicated to jazz, blues, folk music and cider. Hotels in Cleethorpes can be busy around these dates, so if you plan to visit it’s worth booking ahead.
Further afield, the six-bladed Waltham Windmill is just a few miles out of town. This heritage attraction grinds flour using techniques that are centuries old, and there are craft shops, eateries and a mini railway to entertain the children onsite.
Cleethorpes is a short drive from the spectacular Lincolnshire Wolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with miles of picturesque walking and cycling trails to explore.
Many holidaymakers in Cleethorpes choose to visit Skegness at some point given its close proximity. Another ever-popular resort, attractions in Skegness (or “Skeggy” as the locals fondly call it) include a handsome pier, an aquarium, a model village and even a seal sanctuary. If you’re looking for hotels in Skegness then they offer good value throughout the year.
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