Shopping

Fancy some retail therapy? Then take your pick. Shopping in Lincolnshire ranges from some of the UK’s best antique dealers and markets to craft outlets, beautiful boutiques and high street names - all in a mix of quaint and contemporary locations. You’ll never go home empty handed!

For city shopping

Of course, you’ll discover history and heritage in Lincoln, but the shopping is pretty good too! For boutique stores, tearooms and restaurants, stroll the cobbled streets of historic Bailgate, Steep Hill and The Strait, surrounded by medieval buildings and even Roman ruins. For big name nationals, head to High Street or our shopping centres – open-air St Marks, built around a historic rail station, and Waterside, two levels of shops all under one roof beside the river.

For food

Food, glorious food… and it doesn’t get more glorious that right here in Lincolnshire! We produce one-fifth of the nation’s food, so it’s no surprise we’ve got a whole host of fantastic markets and shops. For a real foodie town try Louth, full of local produce and no supermarkets. For farm shops, the choice is huge, from the classy Doddington Hall Farm Shop to the wonderfully-named The Pink Pig Farm Shop.

For a great shopping centre

For some serious retail therapy, head to one of our shopping centres. As well as Lincoln’s St Marks and Waterside, try Marshall's Yard, in Gainsborough, which blends old and new with a great range of shops on the site of a 19th century ironworks, reflecting the town’s industrial past. In Grimsby, Freshney Place has over 100 shops, while The Hildreds, in Skegness, offers shopping, seaside-style.

For antiques

We think we do ‘antiquing' rather well in Lincolnshire! Visit some Lincolnshire gems. Horncastle’s antique shops are legendary, while picturesque Stamford, offers plenty of places to browse, including St. Martins Antiques, an Aladdin’s cave. For sheer choice, and for an experience in itself, wander Europe’s largest selection of dealers at Hemswell Antique Centre, housed on a former airfield.

For bargains

We all love a bargain, but it’s even better if we can find one in a great location. Try Springfields Outlet Centre on the edge of the riverside market town of Spalding. Hit the shops then wander the adjoining celebrity showcase gardens. There’s always a great shopping experience at any of our traditional street markets while Fantasy Island on the coast hosts one of Europe’s largest outdoor/indoor markets.

For arts and crafts

Who knew that Lincolnshire is home to England’s largest venue dedicated to the exhibition, celebration and promotion of contemporary and international craft and design? Well, it is! The National Centre for Craft & Design, at Sleaford, also offers a great shop too. Elsewhere, visit some of our craft fairs, such as Lincoln’s monthly Crafts in the City or Alford Craft Markets.

For something a little different

Think old-style emporium meets award-winning cafe and you’ll be halfway towards the quirky experience on offer at The Sack Store in Boston. Packed with handcrafted furniture, wood burning stoves and tiles there’s a café and restaurant above. In Grantham, The George Centre retains the Georgian facade of the former George Hotel, including the Oriel windows, carved staircase and cornices, while Lincoln’s Bailgate and Steep Hill boasts plenty of quirky shopping.