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​​Doncaster was originally the Roman settlement of Danum and is one of the largest and oldest boroughs in the UK. It is very near to the historical cities of York and Lincoln and the people enjoy both city and country life.

Five miles away is historic Conisbrough Castle and the world's oldest flat classic horse race, the St. Leger takes place at Doncaster Racecourse. The country houses of Cusworth Hall and Brodsworth Hall are nearby.

Doncaster is a lively, cultured town offering a lot of entertainment and leisure choices. For example, the Dome offers indoor sports including swimming, skating, bowling) and the Keepmoat Stadium offers football, athletics and a gym.  The outdoors activities, the area offers good football, golf and sailing facilities. There are various walkways of natural beauty around the green fields and countryside in the Don and Dearne Valleys.

Entertainment & Leisure Activities in Doncaster


Doncaster has an excellent range of shops situated in the town centre, plus a very large indoor and outdoor market, which is held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, where you can buy everything from fruit and vegetables to designer clothes. There is also a second hand / antique market on a Wednesday.

The Lakeside Village, a shopping centre designed along the lines of the American style shopping mall, is a short bus journey from the town centre.

The Frenchgate Interchange offers a fantastic choice of names all under one roof. There is access to the bus and train stations as well.


You can enjoy vibrant nightlife - lots of pubs, night clubs, and restaurants in and around Doncaster town centre.

Doncaster Dome at Doncaster Leisure Park has swimming pools and a ice-rink as well as squash, badminton and indoor football courts, indoor bowls area, gymnasium, health hydro, restaurants and cafes.

The Dome also hosts pop concerts and special events - check the Dome website for forthcoming artists.

Open air concerts are held at The Keepmoat Stadium - artists including Elton John, Bryan Adams and Tynchy Stryder have played there recently.

For more information about forthcoming events in Doncaster, see the Whats Happening in Donny? calendar-blog.

Local Attractions

Brodsworth Hall, nearby, is one of the best examples of a Victorian country house, which has been restored to its original state.

Cusworth Hall is a 18th Century country house set in extensive landscaped parkland. The Museum of South Yorkshire Life is based here.

Conisbrough Castle, 7 miles from the town centre dates back to the 12th Century.

Doncaster Rovers Football Club play in League One, which is two divisions​ below the Premiership. Tickets cost between £15 and £30.

Doncaster Racecourse is home to the oldest Classic - the St. Leger, which takes place in September. The facilities are excellent. There are several race meetings throughout the year.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park has recently expanded and features; lions, tigers, giraffes, wallabies, meerkats, lemurs, ostriches and now polar bears.

See the Visit Doncaster site for more information about shopping, things to do, places to visit, etc.