In northeast Lincolnshire, near the Humber estuary, lays the humble town of Cleethorpes. Few know, however, just how far back into the annals of history this town goes. Remains have been found in Cleethorpes that date back to the Neolithic age and the town was known as a thriving burg as far back as 600 B.C., when Danish settlers arrived and created a thriving fishing village out of the water-logged land.
Cleethorpes, aside from being one of the first successful fishing villages, soon became one of the earliest resort towns when the citizens realized the appeal of offering fancy hotels and villas that overlooked the beautiful Humber water. By the early 1800s Cleethorpes was even further ahead of its time, selling itself as a health spa wherein medicinal waters and therapeutic sea bathing helped to enlighten and enliven the body. This made Cleethorpes the home of some of the earliest health resorts and by the middle of the 19th century the city was written about extensively as a dreamy seaside paradise filled with luxurious hotels and immaculate spas. When the booming railway industry came to prominence Cleethorpes saw its fortunes drastically increase as a station now linked the city to larger burgs like Yorkshire and wealthy socialites could travel to Cleethorpes with even more ease to get away from the pressures of the big city.
At any rate, there is more to enjoy in Cleethorpes than just the beaches and resorts. One of the most popular attractions is actually completely manmade. Pleasure Island, a family theme park with international renown, draws thousands each year to its incredible roller coasters and outlandish concerts and festivals. Those that are more interested in culture and history, however, flock daily to the immense Ross Castle. This towering edifice is nearly one hundred and fifty years old yet it still proudly stands atop the highest point in all of Cleethorpes. Those that aren't interested in the history certainly are awed by the majestic view when one climbs to the pinnacle of castle. Unfortunately, rumors abound of a possible closure of the castle because of a recent death wherein a woman plummeted from the top of the castle to the pavement below. All the same, a view from the bottom is still an astounding photo opportunity for any vacationing tourist.
Cleethorpes has certainly come a long way since its birth as a quaint fishing burg. Since its early days, the city has been a welcome home to outsiders from all areas and, with new and exciting attractions being built every day, it seems that Cleethorpes will continue to enthrall visitors for several more centuries at least. Whether your interests lie in the geological, the historical, or the visceral, Cleethorpes has something for anyone and everyone and is a great place to live and visit.