Inside Doncaster – top things to do

Doncaster is the home of Arkwright’s corner shop made famous by Ronnie Barker. Go beyond the racecourse and explore a town that has something for everyone.


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Need inspiration? What to see

Take a step back in time with a visit to Conisbrough Castle. Dating back to the 12th Century, this castle inspired the Ivanhoe novels of Sir Walter Scott and will inspire you with its stunning views over the region and authentic medieval atmosphere. You can almost hear the lords and ladies at play around the castle’s walls.

For more history and beauty visit Doncaster Minster, an 11th-century church that has been the centre of community activities since the time of the Romans. You’ll find the large gothic arches and stained glass windows to be breathtaking.

Or explore Doncaster’s manufacturing past at The South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum which offers a collection of over 70 aircraft and 100 engines - and a chance for kids to experience sitting in one of the cockpits.

Hidden Doncaster

If you’re looking for some fresh air, we’d highly recommend Brodsworth Hall, a Victorian country house with fabulous pleasure gardens attached. Everything has been restored to its original magnificence and the architecture will be sure to impress your entire group. For an extra hidden pleasure, see if you can find the fern dell grotto within the gardens before popping to the tearoom.

Have a flutter

If you’re in Doncaster then you need to go to Doncaster Racecourse, one of the oldest racecourses in the world. There’s little to beat the excitement of raceday and the world-famous annual St Leger is celebrated with a week of entertainment and festivities.

Retail therapy

Pay a visit to one of the largest and best markets in the UK. At Doncaster Market you’ll find over 400 stalls full of interesting things to buy. You’ll also come across The Corn Exchange at the heart of the market, a stunning Victorian building with great atmosphere.

If you’re looking for contemporary brands then the Frenchgate Shopping Centre should satisfy all your needs.