Doncaster Mini Guide
Tell me What you can About Doncaster
Doncaster was a very important Roman town and settlement on the road from Lincoln
to one of the Romans’ chief British settlements, York. The town was so significant it is mentioned in some very important Roman documents and was also the place where the son of the Emperor Constantine lived during his time in Britain. Much of what remains of Roman Doncaster is still believed to be buried below the town.
During the Industrial Revolution, Doncaster avoided much heavy industry instead becoming the chosen places of residence for the industrial magnates of the time, sufficiently close to the factories for control but far away enough from the dirt and pollution. Today, the town is still blessed with the many stately homes but has turned to becoming a centre of learning for its future prosperity.
What’s the Easiest way to get to Doncaster?
It has its own international airport called Robin Hood Airport, only a couple of miles from the town. It’s possible to fly in here from many of the UK’s regional airports after which it is a short journey to the town centre. The town’s station is also on the London
mainline. Picking up car hire Doncaster is just one of the hundreds of locations across the UK where we can arrange cheap car hire, more info here
What should I see and do When in Doncaster?
Conisbrough Castle is definitely worth a visit, just outside the town. It has an imposing keep built in Norman times and has seen action many times over the centuries. Its colourful history is detailed in the informative display inside the castle. Doncaster Minster, in the town centre is considered to be one of the finest examples of Victorian Gothic architecture. It was built over the site of the former minster, a Norman building that burnt down three years before. It is also reputed to have one of the best church organs in the country and a clock designed by the clock maker that made the faces of Big Ben. Each summer, on Sundays, Brodsworth Hall's gardens ring out to the sound of afternoon band concerts. They're free to attend and you'll enjoy a different variety of music each week.
The skyline of Doncaster is dominated by the huge and historic Minster. Outside the city is the famous Conisbrough Castle with its enormous keep built to protect the town in the eleventh century. It’s not far in a hire car from Doncaster to the Yorkshire Moors, instantly recognisable from their dry stone walling and bleak moorland slopes.
In Doncaster itself, there are plenty of shopping opportunities with the large and recently refurbished Frenchgate Shopping Centre offering a large variety of High Street names and small designer boutiques.