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  • 1. History of Doncaster

    The town of Doncaster has many Georgian and Regency buildings, including Mansion House, which was built in 1749 and dominates the town centre as its civic headquarters. In the 18th century, many stagecoaches passed through the town and stayed overnight. This turned it into a major interchange and many of the older inns and pubs still have 'coaching arches' from this time. The S...Read morealutation Arms, on South Parade, and the Crown Hotel, at Bawtry, are examples. Just on the outskirts of town are the Norman castles of Conisbrough and Tickhill. Doncaster is famous for its railway heritage; many steam trains were built in the town, including the famous Flying Scotsman and the Mallard. Read less

  • 2. Now in Doncaster

    Doncaster is still a market town, and Doncaster Market has been part of life for hundreds of years. There are many historic buildings to see in and around the town. Horseracing is a big part of the town's identity and Doncaster Racecourse is at the heart of this. A major development is ongoing in the town to improve the Civic and Cultural Quarter.

  • 3. Events in Doncaster

    The Hothouse Festival is a celebration of theatre, comedy, dance, spoken word and music, and takes place every year in the town. Doncaster Racecourse has many events on the calendar during the racing season, including the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival. The Sprotbrough and Sandall Park Fake Festivals are dedicated to the best tribute bands and take place on the outskirts of the to...Read morewn. Summer Crafting is a show that gives craft enthusiasts a chance to buy, meet experts and learn new techniques. A variety of events take place at the Aeroventure aircraft museum, including the annual Cold War Fest, which looks at the vehicles and stories from this time in history. The Tattoo Jam takes place at Doncaster Racecourse and attracts artists and tattoo enthusiasts from all over the country. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Doncaster

    Aeroventure is an aircraft museum that has exhibits inside and out. Highlights include military aircraft and a jet engine collection. Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery has important collections of natural history, archaeology, local history, fine and decorative art. There are activities for all ages. Yorkshire Wildlife Park is an award-winning attraction that offers visitors a w...Read morealk-through wildlife experience. Animals range from lions to lemurs. Cusworth Hall was built in the 1740s and houses the Museum of South Yorkshire Life. The site is also a country park. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Doncaster

    The Lakeside area of the town is home to The Dome. This is a multi-purpose leisure complex, which has facilities for swimming, ice-skating, sports, events, exhibitions, live music and shows. Lakeside also houses The Keepmoat Stadium, home to Doncaster Rovers Football Club and Doncaster Rugby Football League. There is also a cinema, bowling, restaurants and bars in the Lakeside ...Read morearea. Astrabound is a huge indoor play centre for children from 0-12 years old and includes big slides and an interactive sports area. Read less

  • 6. Business in Doncaster

    The Lakeside Village Outlet has over 45 big name stores offering discounts of up to 60 per cent. Doncaster market has over 400 shops, stalls and stands and over 1,000 people work at the site. The town centre has a range of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars for all tastes and budgets. The Frenchgate Centre is the main shopping centre.

  • 7. Transport in Doncaster

    The nearest airport to Doncaster is Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, which takes about 15mins to get to by car from the town centre. By car, Doncaster is close to the A1(M), M18 and the M62. The main A road running through the town is the A19. Trains from Doncaster travel to many major cities in the UK.

  • 8. Entertainment in Doncaster

    The Dome is the venue in Doncaster for major shows and concerts. The programme varies between big name comedy to rock gigs and family touring shows. The Hothouse has a programme including stand-up comedy, classical music, theatre, drama and performances for families and children. The Civic Theatre has drama performances, music, comedy, opera and dance as well as shows for famil...Read moreies. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Doncaster

    Doncaster Minster, which dominates the town's skyline, was completed in 1858 and has a 170ft tall bell tower. It is said by some to be one of the best showcases of Gothic architecture in the country.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Doncaster

    The Doncaster Cup, held at Doncaster Racecourse, is the oldest continuing regulated horse race in the world.


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