Mini guide to Doncaster
Located in the eastern part of South Yorkshire, Doncaster has a rich variety
of architectural and natural heritage, and is an excellent base for exploring
Dating from the 11th century, Conisbrough Castle is considered to be one of
the finest examples of medieval castle architecture in Europe. The battlements
were once the principal northern stronghold of the de Warenne Earls of Surrey,
who built a timber motte and bailey castle on the site during the early 1070s.
The original wooden castle was augmented in 1180 by the construction of a circular
stone, supported by six solid buttresses and standing to a height of 27 metres.
In 1994, following five centuries of neglect, two new floors and a roof were
placed into the castle keep, protecting it from the elements for generations
There are several magnificent manors and gardens in the area. Brodsworth Hall
retains much of its original Victorian furnishings and decorations intact, and
features 15 acres of beautifully restored gardens. Cusworth Hall was built in
the 1740s and is in a parkland setting on the outskirts of Cusworth village.
The Hall doubles as a museum, with collections depicting local life over the
last 200 years. More culture can be experienced at the Doncaster Museum and
Art Gallery, which includes the regimental museum of the King's Own Yorkshire
Light Infantry; while children will love the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft and
the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum.
Doncaster is popular with shoppers, with the famous Doncaster Markets competing
with the modern pedestrianised Doncaster Shopping Centre. The old Market Hall
is particularly interesting and dates back to 1846, while the recently refurbished
Fish Market is one of the best in the country. There are numerous pubs and inns
around the Market Place to refresh weary bargain-hunters and over 650 stalls
in the covered and open-air markets. For recreational opportunities, try the
Dome, Britain's largest sports and leisure complex under one roof.
Nearby is the enthralling Earth Centre, built on the site of two former collieries
and featuring Indoor and outdoor exhibits, unique buildings, lovely gardens
and wetlands. Popular with visitors is the spectacular Peak District, located
in North Derbyshire to the south of Doncaster. Stunning panoramas of the picturesque
countryside, valleys and vales are to be beheld from the numerous limestone
hills in the area. Take your time exploring the district and discover quaint,
time-forgotten villages such as Castleton, famous for its magnificent caves.
Outdoor enthusiasts have a myriad of recreational activities to choose from,
including hiking, caving, mountain biking, fishing and camping. History buffs
can head north to the once-important city of York, with its massive Yorvik Viking
Centre, charming Railway Museum and ornate Cathedral.
Doncaster is conveniently located near the intersection of the A1 (junction
36; A18) and M18 (junction 3; A6182). Rail links are frequent and rapid, connecting
the town to London as well as major cities in the region. Bus services are also
extensive, serving both local and long distance destinations. The nearest airports
are Leeds-Bradford and Manchester.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Doncaster Moat House
The Crown Hotel
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