Doncaster has two big shopping centres. Frenchgate with high street stores, bars and restaurants, and Lakeside Village Outlet Shopping where you can get up to 60% discount in the 45 famous name stores.
Doncaster Market is one of the best traditional markets in England and the market itself goes back to Roman times. The market precinct has four impressive indoor market halls as well as outdoor market stalls. You can buy anything from food from around the world, fresh fish, fresh game, plants, jewellery, fashion, furnishings and crafts.
The top supermarkets are in Doncaster too including Sainsbury’s, Asda, Tesco Extra and our favourite, Morrisons.
On a nice day, you can have a walk around the grounds of Cusworth Hall and then have a pint in 1086 The Old Brewhouse housed in the original brewhouse. There’s a super choice of craft beer and the pizza is yummy too.
Alternatively, at Cusworth Hall there’s The Tea Room housed in the stables. The views are glorious and you can settle down for afternoon tea or a meal.
To find out more about Doncaster while sampling fabulous real ales or ciders, head to the Doncaster Brewery & Tap in the centre of town. Each house beer is named after things to do with Doncaster.
For the freshest and finest-cooked fish, we recommend Clam & Cork licensed seafood bar in Doncaster Fish Market. The staff are very friendly, even by Yorkshire standards.
Cast is a state-of-the-art theatre with amazing shows, including visits from world-class companies such as the National Theatre as well as emerging local artists.
The Jazz Cafe in Doncaster town centre is a jazz-themed cafe and deli serving locally-sourced food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea. The first Friday of each month is open Jamming night, which is well worth a visit.
Doncaster Warehouse is the place to be seen and is known as the UK’s longest-running underground dance venue – it’s been going since 1988. As well as being a top dance venue, it’s housed in an old warehouse-style building at the side of a canal.
Have a day at the races. Doncaster Racecourse is a major attraction, particularly when the St Leger Festival and Doncaster Cup are held.
A major landmark is the Grade One-listed Doncaster Minster which has a tall tower, stained-glass windows and a Schulze organ. Sir John Betjeman described it as “Victorian Gothic at its very best”.
Head to Yorkshire Wildlife Park to see polar bears and other endangered species like black rhinos, lions, tigers and giraffes.
Step back to Victorian Times when you visit Brodsworth Hall and garden. The tearoom serves quality Yorkshire food or you can bring your own picnic to eat in the sumptuous gardens.
Spend a few hours at the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum at the former RAF Doncaster site. There’s a whole host of aircraft and helicopters from the early years of aviation to the modern day.