Spectacular heritage sites and fascinating museums await the visitor in the Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire area, one of Lincolnshire's great undiscovered areas. Incorporating South Humber, North Lincolnshire is beautifully rural with highlight attractions including medieval Thornton Abbey in Barton, Regency Normanby Hall Country Park just north of Scunthorpe and the childhood home of John Wesley Epworth Old Rectory. Scunthorpe's Victorian boom and rich heritage in steel making is explored in-depth at the North Lincolnshire Museum with Rail Tours available around the historic Corus Steel Plant.
Scunthorpe's modern town centre offers great shopping centres and a choice of restaurants and cafes or opt for North Lincolnshire rural market town B&Bs and holiday cottages in Epworth, Barton Upon Humber and a choice of pretty rural villages. Scunthorpe hotels and North Lincolnshire accommodation is ideally situated close to Humberside Airport. The North Lincolnshire area is easily accessed via gateway motorway artery the M180. First TransPennine Express trains from Scunthorpe station run direct to Barnetby (Airport), Cleethorpes, Doncaster (Airport), Sheffield and Manchester.
Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire offers a fantastic mix of rural and heritage attractions. Scunthorpe has a rich heritage in steel making and heritage trails, steam rail tours around the Corus Iron and Steelmaking Plant and exhibitions in the North Lincolnshire Museum in Scunthorpe all offer an insight into this fascinating history. Scunthorpe today is a modern vibrant town containing great central shopping centres, a choice of high street shops, a 7 screen cinema and the funky 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.
On the rural northern outskirts of Scunthorpe sits the magnificent Normanby Hall Country Park with on-site award winning Victorian Walled Garden. Spread across 300 acres the Normanby Hall estate contains a package of outstanding attractions including the centrepiece Regency Hall, the family friendly farm museum, a beautiful deer park and a choice of nature trails. A caravan site and extensive wedding and conference facilities are also available at Normanby Hall.
Historic market towns in North Lincolnshire including Brigg, Epworth and Barton contain a wealth of historic buildings from historic churches and abbey ruins to beautiful heritage windmills. Visit The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft just west of Scunthorpe which is home to the world's largest collection of heritage trolleybuses and is within easy reach of the M180, J2. Historic Epworth south west of Scunthorpe has close links with John Wesley and the birth of Methodism. Epworth Old Rectory and gardens is the childhood home of John Wesley, open to the public for tours and featuring The Rectory Shop and The Physic Garden. The Wesley Trail weaves around Epworth town taking in St Andrew's Church where John Wesley's father Samuel was rector and other historic features from inns to the market cross linked to the Wesley family.
The South Humber area north of Scunthorpe is home to fascinating museums like the Baysgarth House Museum set within 30 acres of parkland and ancient St Peter's Church with Anglo-Saxon tower both in Barton Upon Humber. Essential visiting is the jewel of North Lincolnshire, Thornton Abbey situated 18 miles NE of Scunthorpe. Built soon after the Peasants' Revolt in 1381, Thornton Abbey was a mighty Augustinian abbey which today survives remarkably intact with a spectacular gatehouse, one of the finest abbey gatehouses in England. An abbey shop and exhibition exploring Thornton's history and links with figures like Henry VIII who visited here are within the abbey complex.
Normanby Hall Country Park image contributed by 'Asterion'. The Baysgarth House Museum image contributed by David Wright. St John's Church in Scunthorpe image contributed by 'Nlinc'.
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