Places

Doncaster Heritage

The historical market town is situated at the southern edge of Yorkshire and has a history that dates back to 71AD when it was founded by the Romans. Traces of Doncaster’s rich history can still be seen in and around the town today.

Doncaster is home to one of only three original Georgian Mansion Houses in the country. There are plenty of opportunities throughout the year for you to bask in the splendour of decadent Georgian architecture and learn more about its history from a team of well-versed experts.

Doncaster is also home to the St Leger, the World’s oldest classic horse race which runs annually in September at Doncaster Racecourse.

You will find a number of beautiful stately homes and gardens such as Brodsworth Hall, the most complete surviving examples of a Victorian country house in England, and the picturesque Cusworth Hall & Museum, often described as a jewel in Doncaster’s crown.

While you are in Doncaster, you should also visit Doncaster Minster, one of Doncaster’s most recognisable and architecturally impressive buildings. Try your best to make time for a visit to Conisbrough Castle, a romantic Norman castle built in the 12th century with stunning views over Conisbrough.

Doncaster Market is one of many attractions that Doncaster has become well known for. The market, which dates back over 2000 years, has a number of highlights including the Corn Exchange which is a fine market hall built in the heart of the market area. Another of the fantastic markets is The Wool Market which has undergone a major redevelopment in 2019. During the redevelopment, builders discovered a medieval well. A feature has been made of the well to allow visitors to not only see the well but to stand directly above it on a glass cover – if you dare! As well as this fascinating feature, The Wool Market boasts a wide selection of international street food and drink vendors as well as a number of retail stalls where you can buy unique gifts, arts and crafts.

As of early 2021, you will be able to discover even more about Doncaster’s history in our brand new state of the art Doncaster Gallery, Library and Museum located in the Civic and Cultural Quarter.