Doncaster Essentials

Doncaster has a positive treasure trove of attractions and distractions to keep the whole family entertained.

You’re in for some fantastic family fun at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park! Visit Pixel, Victor, Nobby and Nissan, the only Polar bears in England at Project Polar. A pair of endangered Black Rhino, Hodari and Dayo have just arrived from Berlin Zoo and will be a brand new attraction of the African Plains which will be completely redeveloped and expanded in a £1.6m project to create a walk through Safari experience featuring a new rhino house and integrated reserves.

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Make a splash in the Amazonia Adventure at The Dome at the magical 7-pool water world currently undergoing a £1 million refurbishment or cut Ice in the Ice Caps, the UK's only split level ice rink with interconnecting ramps. Enjoy a night of entertainment with top class acts and professional sports.

Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre provides challenging and enjoyable activities for everyone! Their activity programmes includes water and land based activities from canoeing and kayaking to archery, climbing and open water swimming.

The going's always good on a day out at Doncaster Racecourse, home to the world’s oldest classic horse race, The St. Leger Stakes. The historic Town Moor course has been drawing appreciative crowds for centuries, so it would be positively rude not to have a punt.  With the development of the new 150 bed Hilton by Hampton hotel planned for next year, a great day out has never been easier!

Tradition is embraced in Doncaster and that is evident with the success of Doncaster Wool Market; undeniably one of the finest traditional markets in all of England, with 400 stalls and a 19th century Corn Exchange at the heart of the market it.  It’s not just traditional shopping that the town offers though, Doncaster is home to the Frenchgate Shopping Centre and Lakeside Village which offer shoppers a great variety of shops to choose from and enjoy some retail therapy.

If you’re here for the weekend, then you’re in for a treat. Doncaster is home to an amazing range of culture and heritage places to visit including the Mansion House, residence of the Mayor of Doncaster from 1750 to 1922 and even use the toilet that was built for the visit of Queen Victoria.

Come and visit the romantic Conisbrough Castle built in the 12th Century, with stunning views over Conisbrough, the inspiration of Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe which still fires the imagination today. 

Cusworth Hall can surely be described as the jewel in Doncaster’s crown. The beautiful Grade I listed building is set in acres of historic parkland, with lakes, plantations and pleasure grounds offering spectacular views across the town which can be seen from the air when taking off in a Virgin Balloon flight. 

The Victorian vision of life in a country house can be found at Brodsworth Hall and pleasure gardens, built and laid out in the 1860s. Christmas is a really special time for visitors at Brodsworth Hall when the gardens are transformed into a winter wonderland known as the Enchanted Christmas Garden. As the night draws in colourful displays, twinkly lights, atmospheric music and the smell of warming seasonal food will fill the grounds of Brodsworth for their biggest event of the year.

One of the founding Pilgrim Fathers, William Bradford, was born within the Borough and the very first governor of the Plymouth Colony, John Carver, is believed to have been born in Doncaster. With nearly 2,000 years of history it's not surprising that there is so much to discover about Doncaster's heritage!

Award winning shopping

Doncaster, winner of the BBC Best Food Market 2015 is the biggest traditional market in the North, with some 400 shops, stalls and stands comprising four large indoor markets (the fish market, international food hall, corn exchange and wool market), each with its own distinctive character.

Light, bright and airy

Complementing the traditional market is the Frenchgate Shopping Centre. Easily accessible in the centre of town, this modern shopping centre showcases over 120 of your favourite stores under one roof. So you can shop for the latest fashions, pick up a new mobile and stock up the bathroom cabinet without wearing out your shoe leather.

Only a short distance away from the Town Centre, you’ll be able to feel the love of Lakeside Village Outlet, home to over 45 stores with up to 60% discounted retail price where you'll find a fantastic range of men's, women's and children's fashions and footwear plus gifts, homeware, cosmetics and accessories.

Bawtry is celebrated as one of this region’s hidden gems and the market town boasts delicious restaurants, stylish bars and unique, independent boutiques. With so many quality establishments, it can be a challenge to choose a restaurant…