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Doncaster is an eclectic mix of the urban and the rural, and of the old and the new. World-famous for its horse racing and home to one of the most important race courses in the UK, Doncaster is one of Britain’s oldest cities, featuring an abundance of historic sights, interesting architecture and cultural activities, all in a beautiful countryside setting.

The City

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. When in Doncaster, history is all around you, with an architecture spanning an extremely diverse time period. The town is also famous for its railway heritage, as Doncaster played a key role in the early days of steam travel. The very first locomotive works was built by the Great Northern Railway 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!

Do & See

Doncaster is a delight, no matter what you are looking for: be it historical sights, great shopping, interesting museums, or a wild weekend party.


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.

Bars & Nightlife

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!