Our Places - North Lincolnshire
An area rich in history with attractive towns and villages throughout, North Lincolnshire is an ideal location for people who prefer to live away from the city but still enjoy the buzz of life in a thriving market town.
Thriving towns and villages amidst unspoilt wide open spaces.
North Lincolnshire offers wide open spaces, easy access to both countryside and coastline and a range of excellent options for places to live. Steeped in history, the area has a fascinating array of historical sites and buildings to visit.
People often comment on the friendly feel to the area, where the many pleasant towns and villages provide a high quality of life with good access to all amenities – and at a cost that may surprise you if you’re used to city life.
Food is big business here and there are several very highly rated restaurants and eateries offering excellent local produce. Property prices well below the national average and a good choice of schools in both the state and independent sectors make this an excellent place to settle for families.
For just a flavour of what North Lincolnshire has to offer, our local tips are:
2021 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe is a lively contemporary visual arts centre located in a listed building which offers a programme of contemporary art and craft exhibitions, as well as related events and free creative activities.
The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber is a regionally acclaimed centre which houses galleries, Sculpture Garden, the Ropewalk Museum, Ropery Coffee Shop, and Ropery Hall – a venue for live music, theatre and cinema. Formerly a rope factory, The Ropewalk has achieved regional acclaim with its varied exhibition programme.
The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe is North Lincolnshire’s newest and biggest entertainment venue with events including theatre, comedy, music, family shows, variety and dance whilst the Plowright Theatre is an intimate venue hosting a varied programme of national touring and local productions including drama, music, comedy, children’s shows and pantomime.
Normanby Hall and Country Park, a beautiful 300 acre estate set in the heart of North Lincolnshire and Elsham Hall, which has lakeside gardens, a walled garden and an adventure playground offer wonderful family days out.
Thornton Abbey in Ulceby is one of only a handful of British abbeys that managed to survive the Suppression of the Monasteries and its impressive fortified gatehouse is the largest in England.
The area has many fascinating historical properties including Wilderspin National School, a Victorian school which recreates education in 1845, Epworth Old Rectory, the 18th century childhood home of the Wesley brothers who founded the Methodist movement, and Brigg Heritage Centre, located on the first floor of The Angel, a 17th century former coaching inn.
Open for just 28 days a year, don’t miss Scawby Hall, a Grade 1 listed Jacobean Manor House. A trip round this glorious building offers visitors the chance to see fine portraits and engravings by George Stubbs as well as an extensive collection of oriental items.
North Lincolnshire offers wide open spaces for walking and if you’re looking for something more adrenalin filled, the area has a number of opportunities for skydiving, gliding and shooting. There are numerous golfing opportunities including Forest Pines,winner of numerous awards and accolades and described by Today’s Golfer as ‘ten thousand yards of stunning, highly challenging golf’.
Waters’ Edge Country Park provides a great free family day out, with 110 acres of County Park and nature reserve, interactive displays and children’s play areas. Alkborough Flats is a conservation project where lovers of wildlife can enjoy the new habitats created for birds, wildfowl and small mammals.
The area has several attractive villages including Barrow upon Humber, Normanby, Thealby, Laceby and Ulceby. 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 and Lincolnshire Wolds Railway.
The pretty market town of Brigg was awarded runner up in the village category of the High Street of the Year Awards in 2015. As well as independent boutiques and vintage stores, it hosts a hugely popular monthly Farmers’ Market.
There are a number of retail parks in the Scunthorpe area which provide outlets for major stores and chains. If you venture further afield you can access shopping in Hull and Leeds to the north and Lincoln, Louth and Sheffield to the south, all within an hour.
Hemswell Antique Centre provides a great day out with several buildings full of high quality goods including furniture, ceramics, glass, furnishings and jewellery.
Food and Drink
North Lincolnshire is justifiably proud of its reputation for good quality local produce, with excellent markets and farm shops selling locally reared and grown output. Brigg’s monthly Farmers’ Market brings visitors from across the region.
Those who enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea will want to try the area’s much loved tearooms on the North Lincolnshire Teapot Trail.
Winteringham Fields prides itself on using local ingredients in a menu that reflects nature and the seasons. San Pietro is an award winning restaurant with elegant rooms available to stay in and The Hope & Anchor has a range of luxury food in a unique setting with views across the Humber. For a more casual but equally delicious snack, The Steel Rooms is a family run business incorporating a café, art gallery and craft workshops for all ages.
Notable primary schools in North Lincolnshire include Bushfield Infants which in 2015 was also one of only 27 schools nationally to be awarded the prestigious DfE Character Award for preparing young children for success in their future years.
Secondary school choices include Outwood Academy Foxhills and Sir John Nelthorpe School in the market town of Brigg which prides itself on being consistently the highest performing school in North Lincolnshire.
The neighbouring Lincolnshire retains selective education and continues to have grammar schools such Queen Elizabeth’s High School in Gainsborough which is rated with 19 other schools in the local authority. Several highly rated independent schools are also easily accessible, just across the Humber bridge including Hull Collegiate and Hymers College which features in the prestigious Good Schools Guide and has been ranked as ‘one of the best schools in the north of England’ by the Sunday Times.
Commuting and getting around
North Lincolnshire is surprisingly easy to get to. The M180 runs into the heart of the area, giving direct access to the national motorway network. The region is less than an hour’s drive from the cities of Hull, Leeds, Sheffield, Lincoln and York.
Direct rail services from Scunthorpe to Manchester airport run hourly. London is two and half hours away by train.
Humberside Airport and Doncaster Sheffield Airport are both within easy reach offering daily flights to a range of destinations. The ferry terminal at Hull (45 minutes) also gives you easy access to the continent.