Scunthorpe is a bustling town with a proud industrial heritage. Shop and dine in the town centre, visit a museum dedicated to local history and discover talent at one of the top contemporary art centres in the West Midlands. Venture into the countryside to visit a Regency manor house and explore the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Things to do in Scunthorpe
Learn about the town’s steel processing ancestry at the North Lincolnshire Museum. Other exhibits showcase Palaeolithic artefacts found at nearby archaeological sites. Bonnets, gowns and servant’s uniforms are on display in the costume gallery. In the geology gallery, you’ll be dazzled by thousands of fossils, rocks and minerals.
Enjoy a night of culture at Baths Hall, a historic bathing house reimagined as a unique entertainment venue. Plowright Theatre is operated by the same group and hosts comedy shows, concerts and theatre performances.
Escape to the countryside and visit the beautiful Normanby Hall Country Park. The manor house is set in 120 hectares of parkland and recalls the grandeur of the Regency era. Challenge yourself on the tree top ropes courses, stroll around the walled garden and enjoy lunch at the Stableyard Café.
Discover up-and-coming talent at the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre. Enjoy a dynamic programme of contemporary art shows, as well as family-friendly events and craft activities. The centre occupies a heritage-listed church built from locally-quarried ironstone. The gift shop is stocked with jewellery, glassware and prints by Lincolnshire artists.
Getting around Scunthorpe
Scunthorpe is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot, while local buses are a fast and affordable way to get around the city. The town is in North Lincolnshire, a one-hour drive from Sheffield and Leeds and trains run between Sheffield in one hour and Leeds in 1.5 hours. Doncaster Sheffield Airport is a 45-minute drive away.