Doncaster Tourist Information
A large town built on the site of a Roman fort that later became an Anglo-Saxon burh, Doncaster’s rich heritage is manifested in its many historical and cultural attractions, and its Yorkshire spirit is displayed in its vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere.
It boasts a great many museums, both within and bordering the town itself. An example is the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, which is a definite must-see for enthusiasts of natural and local history, archaeology or fine art. Within these grounds is another fantastic find, the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Regimental Museum. Despite the hefty name, this museum is an uncomplicated gallery showcasing one of the finest medal collections in the country, military uniforms and weaponry. Cusworth Hall, Museum and Park, located 2 miles north of the town, is an 18th century Grade I listed country home, housing an extensive collection of social history displays, and is definitely worth a venture.
For something a little bit different, try South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, also known as Aeroventure, a historic aircraft hanger constructed in 1940 that occupies part of what used to be Doncaster Airfield. It displays a collection of fifteen British jets and helicopters, sure to fascinate adults and children alike.
Doncaster also is home to many historical buildings, with one of the four surviving civic mansions in the United Kingdom, Doncaster Mansion House, occupying a prime location on its High Street for over twenty-five decades. Conisbrough Castle, a 12th century structure which offers magnificent views across Yorkshire, is a mere four miles to the south-west and easily accessible by car.
The town doesn’t fail to supply its visitors with leisure activities, with The Dome, one of the country’s major sports and leisure attractions, being one of its biggest highlights. There is something there for everyone, but if you’re a dedicated water sports fan, why not visit Hatfield Water Park, which provides all sorts of water sports facilities.
For the shopping aficionado, the new Frenchgate development in the heart of the town gives you a wide choice of retail outlets, and the town centre provides many craft shops, designer boutiques and high street stores for your enjoyment. Doncaster, with its many attractions, its active nightlife and an array of restaurants, clubs and bars, will ensure that you will never suffer a boring moment.
Interesting fact: Doncaster’s Conisbrough Castle was the inspiration for Sir Walter Scott’s classic novel, Ivanhoe.
Places to visit:
Aeroventure/South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum
Cusworth Hall, Museum and Park
Doncaster Mansion House
Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery
Frenchgate Shopping Centre
Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Regimental Museum