A port town, Grimsby is the administrative centre of North East Lincolnshire, and adjoins the town of Cleethorpes directly to the south-east. The town is the second largest settlement by population in Lincolnshire after Lilcoln, with Scunthorpe being the third largest.
There is archaeological evidence that a small town of Roman workers settled in Grimsby during the 2nd century CE of Roman occupation. Situated on the River Haven, which flowed into the Humber, the town gave a location for ships to shelter from approaching storms. Grimsby was perfectly placed to exploit the rich fishing grounds in the North Sea.
The town was also once the home port for the world’s largest fishing fleet around the mid-20th century, and is well known today for its famous fishing industry. Grimsby is also Britain’s busiest working port, handling more tonnage than London, as well as being an important centre for car imports, food processing, and the renewable energy industry.
Before the late 1960s, many of Grimsby's public houses were owned by the local brewer Hewitt Brothers, but were taken over in 1969 by the brewer Bass-Charrington. Today, the town is home to many venues of musical entertainment, such as the Grimsby Auditorium and the Caxton Theatre, situated near the docks.
Grimsby also houses notable landmarks such as Grimsby Minster, Port of Grimsby, Cleethorpes Beach, and Grimsby Fishing Heritage Museum.