Life in North Lincolnshire

A general introduction to North Lincolnshire, including information about the area, transport, waste and recycling, leisure facilities and places of worship

Aerial view of houses in Barton upon Humber

About North Lincolnshire

North Lincolnshire is located in eastern England and is home to 172,000 people.

The largest town in North Lincolnshire is Scunthorpe, which has around 80,000 residents. Scunthorpe is best known for its steel industry, as the town has the largest steel works in England. Thousands of people living in the town work at the steel works, and in other manufacturing industries. It is also a diverse town, with people from many different cultural and religious backgrounds making Scunthorpe their home.

Scunthorpe is a busy, urban centre, but the rest of North Lincolnshire is much quieter and more rural, made up of attractive market towns, villages, farms, and open countryside.

Barton-upon-Humber, a historic town located on the south bank of the River Humber, is the second largest town in North Lincolnshire. Since 1981, it has been home to the Humber Bridge, which connects North Lincolnshire with Hull, East Yorkshire and beyond.

Also in North Lincolnshire is Brigg, a market town on the River Ancholme, as well as Crowle, Haxey and Epworth, three small towns on the Isle of Axholme, a rural area between Scunthorpe and Doncaster.

A popular place to visit in North Lincolnshire is Normanby Hall, a classic English country mansion near the village of Burton-upon-Stather. The site has 300 acres of grounds to explore, as well as an outdoor adventure trail, children’s playgrounds and agricultural museum.


It is easy to reach other parts of England from North Lincolnshire, by road, rail and bus.

Road – The M180 motorway runs through the middle of North Lincolnshire. Going west, you are in easy reach of large cities in Yorkshire such as Doncaster (40 minutes from Scunthorpe) and Sheffield (60 minutes from Scunthorpe). Going east, you reach Grimsby (35 minutes from Scunthorpe), a port town known for its fishing industry, and Cleethorpes (40 minutes from Scunthorpe), a traditional seaside town on the Lincolnshire coast.

The A15 is also a major route. Southbound, the road links North Lincolnshire with the historic cathedral city of Lincoln (45 minutes from Scunthorpe). Taking the A15 north over the Humber Bridge brings you to Hull (50 minutes from Scunthorpe).

North Lincolnshire is also close to the M62 motorway, providing quick access to Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire. York (70 minutes from Scunthorpe), Leeds (60 minutes from Scunthorpe), Bradford (70 minutes from Scunthorpe) and Manchester (110 minutes from Scunthorpe), can all be reached from the M62.

Plan your journey with the AA route planner.

Rail – There are 12 railway stations across North Lincolnshire, although trains depart most frequently from Scunthorpe station. Trains leaving Scunthorpe stop at Doncaster, Sheffield and Manchester.

You can change trains at Doncaster to reach London and the south of England. Trains leaving Barnetby station also stop at the towns and cities of the East Midlands, such as Lincoln, Nottingham and Leicester.

For train times and ticket prices, visit the National Rail website.

Bus – North Lincolnshire’s bus network connects all of the towns and villages in North Lincolnshire together, and there are also services to nearby cities such as Hull, Lincoln and Doncaster. For up-to-date bus times, visit the Traveline website.

There is also a demand-responsive bus service in North Lincolnshire called JustGo. You can book and pay directly from your smartphone through the JustGo mobile app, and can track the bus in real-time to a meeting point of your choice. Further information is available from the JustGo website.  Alternatively, email info@justgonorthlincs.co.uk or call 01482 592959.

Leisure and recreation

There is lots to do in your spare time in North Lincolnshire. The area has over 600 miles of footpaths, cycleways and water ways, as well as 17 nature reserves and a range of cultural venues that promote our local history and heritage. See the Visit North Lincolnshire website for full details of all that is available for visitors and locals alike.

Wherever you live in North Lincolnshire, you will be close to a well-maintained park or playground. Visit our parks, playgrounds and open spaces webpage for a full list.

There are 14 libraries in North Lincolnshire. Go to the libraries webpage to see their locations, and what services they provide. As well as a large catalogue of books, most libraries also have WiFi, computers and a scanner/photocopier.

As keeping active is so important, there are leisure centres across North Lincolnshire, including five swimming pools and seven gyms. Go to the Leisure pages to find a list of all of the leisure facilities in our area.

Waste and recycling

Each property in North Lincolnshire is supplied with several bins and boxes for the collection of waste and recycling. Information can be found on our Bins, Waste and Recycling page including bin and box collection dates for your area and to find out what to put in each bin and box go to the Waste Recycling, Bins and Boxes page.

For larger items, there are eight Household Recycling Centres where you can take household waste and recycling. To find out where these centres are located and what sort of waste can be disposed of, go to the Household Recycling Centres and Permits page. Please separate your waste before coming along to the site so as much can be recycled as possible.

Shops and services

While every town and village in North Lincolnshire will have a basic range of shopping facilities, the widest selection of shops and services is available in Scunthorpe, Barton-upon-Humber and Brigg.

Scunthorpe has the most shops and services of all, including a wide range of international shops. These provide a range of food, drink, clothing and other items for a range of cultural and religious groups across the world. Most of these shops are located in the centre of town and along the Frodingham Road.

A wide range of banks and building societies are available in Scunthorpe, with a smaller selection available in Brigg and Barton-upon-Humber. Scunthorpe also has a number of outlets where mobile phone contracts can be purchased.

Places of worship

The area in and around North Lincolnshire contains a diverse range of places of worship from which you can practice your faith. Below is only a basic list, and you can visit the Local Prayers website for more details.


  • Khedrubje Kadampa Buddhist Centre, 196 Coltman Street, Hull, 01482 324940
  • Rangjung Yeshe Gomde UK Tibetan Buddhist Centre, Lindholme Bank Road, Hatfield, Doncaster, 01302 842 503



  • Hindu Cultural Centre, 7 Park Street, Hull
  • Hindu Cultural Society, 86-88 Cleethorpes Road, Grimsby


For more detail on places of worship, as well as details of halal businesses and other services, see the Scunthorpe Muslim Directory.


  • Hull Reform Synagogue, Great Gutter Lane, Willerby, 01482 658312
  • Hull Hebrew Congregation, 30 Pryme Street, Anlaby, 01482 653150
  • Grimsby Hebrew Congregation, 1 Heneage Road, Grimsby, 01472 351404


  • Guru Nanak Sikh Temple, 41 Normanby Road, Scunthorpe, 01724 841361
  • International Sikh Complex, 207 Frodingham Road, Scunthorpe.


  • Most shops and services in North Lincolnshire are located in Scunthorpe.
  • It is easy to travel to other cities and towns from North Lincolnshire by road, rail or bus.
  • North Lincolnshire Council operates a wide range of local facilities including libraries, leisure centres, parks and playgrounds.