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Situated at the site of an old Roman fort and having been the location of one of the Northumbrian kings’ palaces, Doncaster is one of the oldest cities in Britain. So when in Doncaster, history is all around you and the architecture reflects the different time period. The town is also famous for its railway heritage; the fact is Doncaster played a key role in the early days of steam travel. The Great Northern Railway built the very first locomotive works in the heart of the town centre in 1853. The city saw its real heyday in the 18th century, when its most famous attraction, the race course, was established. Horse racing has been taking place in Doncaster since 1703 and its St Leger Race began in 1778 which makes it even older than the famous Epsom Derby! Sport has indeed been a huge passion for the locals for centuries and when here why not attend to sporting event and you will soon see why!
Doncaster is a delight no matter what you are looking for during your holiday, be it historical sights, great shopping, or a wild weekend partying. There are also a number of museums and galleries to visit, such as the Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.
Doncaster is home to a wide range of different restaurants serving everything from proper British pub grub to Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Mexican and Thai cuisine and if you are into Indian food, you certainly have come to the right place, as the city has a flurry of them!
Doncaster has plenty of coffee shops and tea rooms to offer and they are scattered across the borough. You will find big chain coffee shops such as Costa, Café Nero and Starbucks, but there are a wide variety of traditional tea rooms and coffee shops too.
Whatever you are into, you are bound to find one bar in Doncaster that suits you perfectly. Whether you are after a traditional historic alehouse, a Beatles-themed bar, an old market place boozer, a fruity cocktail bar, a chart-and dance fuelled pub for the younger crowd or a super-classy drinks venue, you will find it here! Despite its size, Doncaster has built up a reputation as a great place where to party with a vast array of different bars for pre-clubbing drinks and a flurry of great clubs where revellers can let their hair down.
Shoppers come in their thousands to Doncaster, which features a vast variety of shopping facilities. Several shopping centres: Frenchgate Centre, Lakeside Village, Waterdale have a flurry of superb stores, as well as the designer shops and department stores that are scattered across Doncaster’s compact city centre. The outlets, pubs and restaurants of the popular Priory Walk cater for the shoppers needs. Lakeside, located outside Doncaster, is another mecca for shoppers while Frenchgate is being expanded to become Britain’s 18th largest shopping centre!
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