Doncaster is a thriving urban are that is surrounded by a stunning countryside - offering a great diversity of attractions and places to see. The city’s claim to fame is that it is home to the world's oldest classic horse race, the St Leger Stakes, usually held in September each year. Doncaster wears its heritage proudly, with a wealth of Georgian and Regency architecture, excellent night life, fabulous restaurants and international cuisine.
Accommodation in Doncaster varies depending on location - the centre of town offers apartments and studios, with the larger properties in the more residential areas. Serviced apartments offer all the convenience of a private space - including kitchen facilities and secure access, whilst still offering many benefits of traditional accommodation - such as housekeeping or even a reception service. Those looking for a little more space will find luxury furnished houses, such as Harris House or Warren House, offer a fantastic way to enjoy Doncaster’s thriving town centre, as well as having easy access to the surrounding countryside.
Doncaster offers a fantastic balance between rural and urban - meaning it’s an ideal destination for those who enjoy the outdoors, as well as those who prefer the excitement of city life. Visitors to the area are often please to find they can be walking along a nature route in the afternoon, then enjoying cocktail bars by the time evening comes.
The town also has a rich history for visitors to explore - with a museum dedicated to its rail industry, a Roman wall within the town itself, and numerous examples of Victorian architecture and engineering. There are also several art galleries and local museums, offering plenty for visitors to discover.
All in all, Doncaster is a great place to explore how smaller towns in the north have influenced British culture and industrial development - as well as offering fantastic places to eat, drink and socialise.
Villa Romanas Restaurant Doncaster on Nether Hall road is one of the town’s most popular eateries, paying tribute to Doncaster’s Roman history with a delicious Italian menu. Alternatively, those looking for British food will be pleased to find Whitby's Fish & Chip Restaurant serving the nations favourite dish.
Doncaster Market offers everything from antiques and speciality cheeses to flowers and linen. For a more mainstream retail experience, the Frenchgate and Waterdale shopping centres offer a huge range of shopping opportunities in the town centre, including fashion, electronics and homeware.
Doncaster has some great attractions on its doorstep. Anyone looking for a slice of English heritage should pay a visit to Cusworth Hall - an 18th-century country house set in beautiful landscaped parklands, or Conisbrough Castle, dating from the 12th century. Those visiting the town with family can also head to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, which offers fun activities along with plenty of exotica animals and birds.
Doncaster town centre is small enough to be explored on foot, with regular bus services running out to the residential areas. The main train station gives access to the rest of the UK, with direct services to London, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Sheffield, as well as to Manchester airport.
Doncaster was formerly an industrial giant. Following a downturn, it has in recent years began to expand its economy with an explosion of new businesses and start-ups. Doncaster is also home to the international DFS Furniture brand, as well as several other household names.
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