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History of Scunthorpe

History of Scunthorpe
  • council: North Lincolnshire
  • population: 72,500
  • phone code: 01724
  • postcode area: DN15 - 17
  • county: North Lincolnshire
  • twin Towns: Clamart - France, Lüneburg - Germany, Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski - Poland

Over the last 5 years Scunthorpe has had significant investment in its town centre. It boasts a 7 screen Vue cinema, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, two shopping centres; The Parishes and The Foundry along with an array of well known brands, speciality shopping and café culture areas.

The Foundry Shopping Centre is conveniently located in the heart of Scunthorpe. It offers both modern and traditional retailers, providing over 50 shops offering a wide variety and choice in a customer friendly environment. You’ll find favourites like Boots and WHSmith, fashion retailers like Dorothy Perkins and Burtons together with Westgate Department Store.

The Parishes, provides a modern shopping experience created around pedestrian walkways, with easy access to the Parishes Multi Storey car park and the 7-screen Vue cinema.

Take a walk down the High Street which has a variety of well known High Street brands such as Marks and Spencer, Bhs, Topman & Topshop, the Body Shop and Mark One, you’ll also find the independently owned fashion concept store Fallen Hero, whose brands include G Star, Duck and Cover, Religion, Bench, Replay and many more.

Planning a holiday? Look no further. There are travel agents to help you find that prefect late deal, a great choice of places to shop for your holiday wardrobe, chemists to stock up on toiletries and High Street banks to order your currency from!

Make time to discover ‘The Streets’ – Scunthorpe’s speciality shopping and café area. Why not take a break from the shopping at one of the excellent cafés or bistros. Treat yourself to a cappuccino, with a delicious cake or bowl of warming soup with a freshly filled baguette.

Ravendale Street, is quickly becoming the culinary centre of Scunthorpe and is well known for its café culture, boasting a variety of excellent cafés and restaurants. The range of cafés and restaurants can offer everything from a speciality coffee and cake to a full three-course meal.
Take time to discover our boutiques and speciality shops, from bridal boutiques to jewellers, offering a range of inspirational gifts.

Mary Street is fast developing as a quality speciality shopping area with a wide variety of unique shops and boutiques. Discover wonderful lingerie, exotic blooms and unusual items for the home along with stylish gifts and designer children’s clothing. Come and treat yourself to a stylish new outfit or flower display for the home. There’s a warm welcome and our friendly independent retailers will really go out of their way to help you find that perfect something.

Laneham Street is home to two of Scunthorpe’s leading fashion retailers, Smiths and David Jason, selling stylish male and female clothing. For the latest digital equipment, Tom Dennis is one of Lincolnshire’s leading independent imaging dealers, selling top brand products at competitive prices all with excellent customer care and an unrivalled aftercare service. Stop in store to view their ranges of cameras, video equipment, binoculars and accessories. If music’s your thing Paul’s Music has everything for your musical needs, keyboards, guitars, amplifiers, flutes, clarinets, violins, sheet music and much more.

Dunstall Street, well known for its variety of specialist retail, has an excellent choice of unique independent businesses and is minutes from town centre parking. Whether you are looking for computing or clothing, you’ll find it all here.

If you are looking for some of the freshest produce in town, variety and good value, Scunthorpe Market is the best place to shop. It has a friendly welcoming atmosphere with a choice to rival the largest supermarket!
You’ll be amazed at the range of goods on offer; most of them lower than supermarket prices. Friendly butchers sell a wide variety of meat, cut just the way you like it at prices you’ll love. A mouth-watering array of fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh fish and seafood to home bakes cakes, bread and pastries, means you can do most of your weekly shop all under one roof and you are spoilt for choice.

Don’t forget that Scunthorpe Market is also a great place to shop for clothing, handbags and shoes. Decorate your home with fresh flowers, fragrant candles and if you’re looking for something different there’s everything from power tools to mobile phone accessories, along with fine china, toys and an unrivalled selection of hand crafted teddy bears.

Parking is plentiful and convenient with over 2,500 spaces in short and long stay car parks. The multi-storey next to The Parishes has a glazed walkway leading straight to the shops and the cinema. Three town centre car parks have achieved the Park Mark Safer Parking Award meaning parking in Scunthorpe is safer than ever!

These safe environments have been created to reduce anti social behaviour and prevent crime. For a full list see

Travelling by bus? The bus station is conveniently located adjacent to The Parishes and The Foundry, with services to major towns and villages in the area.
Scunthorpe railway station is just a 5-minute walk from the main shopping area and gives rail access to Scunthorpe from the Doncaster to Cleethorpes line.

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