Inspiring Ivanhoe

When it comes to rich heritage, Doncaster has a lot to offer. It's no surprise that many of the town's historic buildings have been the source of inspiration for writers. Indeed the 12th Century Conisborough Castle inspired Sir Walter Scott's classic novel 'Ivanhoe'. Built of magnesian limestone, it's the only one of its kind in England and is considered to be one of the finest examples of mediaeval architecture in Europe.

A dose of Victorian Gothic

Dominating the Doncaster skyline is another architectural showcase that impressed a literary great. Doncaster Minster was described by Sir John Betjeman as 'Victorian Gothic at its best' and was designed by the same architect as St Pancras Station in London. Don't miss this opportunity to gaze upon its many treasures - the magnificent Dent clock, spectacular organ and stunning Victorian stained glass are sights to behold.

Through the Georgian window

It's almost impossible not to be distracted by the architecture as you approach Doncaster's 18th Century Mansion House and Cusworth Hall and there are real slices of history worth discovering inside. Mansion house is one of only three Civic Mansion Houses in Britain today, and remains a focus of civic pride for the city. Tours of Mansion House can be arranged, with fascinating memorabilia on show, and Cusworth Hall is now a site of special interest as it preserves all the elements of a Georgian house.

Flying High

A great day out for families and enthusiasts alike The South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum exhibits a collection of aircraft from the first air show in Britain at Doncaster Racecourse in 1909, to modern fast jets and civil light aircraft. With aircraft, helicopters, rockets and more which are unique in preservation, alongside a whole host of familiar favourites, and cockpits and interactive exhibits open all year round, and mostly under cover, there really is something for everyone.