At the height of its power, Grimsby was the largest fishing port in the world. Today the town is shaped around its vibrant town centre, where traditional seaside charm meets youthful, modern eccentricity. Of course, Grimsby's long and industrious history still looms large, but nowadays, its world-famous fish markets compete for space alongside vintage boutiques, contemporary art and cuisine from every corner of the globe.
As soon as the seaside air hits your lungs, you'll want one thing and one thing only: fish and chips. And naturally, Grimsby doesn't disappoint. Step forward the Littlefield Lane Chippy, voted best fish and chips in town, and the second-best restaurant in the whole of Grimsby.
If you're looking for food from further afield, Grimsby is home to one of the finest selections of world cuisine in the northeast, from Japanese at YuMe & Co to Da Vinci's Italian. Wherever in the world your favourite dish comes from, you're likely to find someone in Grimsby cooking it.
Work off that big lunch in Freshney Place. It's Grimsby's main shopping district, and home to a wide range of high street names. Or if you prefer more of a vintage flavour, pop over the road to Abbey Gate and its boutiques, tailors, and independent retailers - it's like shopping in a bygone age.
When you're done expanding your wardrobe and your waistline, the town offers up a cultural feast too. Keep an eye on the Culture House twitter feed, which lists details of live art and cultural events in the town, or simply head straight for the Abbey Walk Gallery and its cornucopia of contemporary art.