Going out in DoncasterSouth Yorkshire

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Going Out in Doncaster

About DoncasterAbout Doncaster

Doncaster is a huge market and minster town located in South Yorkshire. It is part of Doncaster’s Metropolitan Borough. The metropolitan has an estimated population of 311,890 as of 2019. However, there are only 109,805 people living in Doncaster itself.

Initially, Doncaster was part of Yorkshire's West Riding, but it was separated in 1974. It was included to form the metropolitan borough since then. Doncaster is located 17 miles from Sheffield’s northeast, and Doncaster Sheffield Airport can be found here.

Rediscover the unexpected when going out in Doncaster. There are centuries old heritage and history which you can explore during your visit. Some places you can check out are Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Cusworth Hall and Park, Aero Venture, Conisbrough Castle and Thornhurst Manor.

Among these cited tourist destinations, one of the most popular must be the Conisbrough Castle. This was originally constructed by the son in law of William the Conqueror. It has existed for almost 1000 years. It has been owned by several Queens and Kings, and it has also undergone a lot of renovations.

Several restaurants in Doncaster offer the best variety of cuisine that people would really enjoy during their visit. From remarkable plates of pasta to the finest cuisine in town, Doncaster has it all for you. When drinking in town, pubs in Doncaster range from old and small rooms to the grandest and fanciest alehouses you can visit.

A lot of famous people hailed from Doncaster. Some of them include early Quaker Thomas Aldham, footballer Mark Atkins, feminist author Louise Armstrong, actress Jessica Baglow, and UNISON’s past leader Rodney Bickerstaffe.

Places to eat in DoncasterPlaces to eat in Doncaster, Restaurants in Doncaster

The GRiND Mediterranean Doncaster
Mediterranean Doncaster
Mumbai Mirchi Indian Doncaster
Mumbai Mirchi
Indian Doncaster
Yates Doncaster British Doncaster
Yates Doncaster
British Doncaster
Bodrum Turkish Doncaster
Turkish Doncaster
Home Mexican Doncaster
Mexican Doncaster
The Gate House British Doncaster
The Gate House
British Doncaster

Places to drink in Doncaster Places to drink in Doncaster, Pubs and Bars in Doncaster

The Maple Tree Pub/Bar Doncaster
The Maple Tree
Pub/Bar Doncaster
The Red Lion Pub/Bar Doncaster
The Red Lion
Pub/Bar Doncaster
Goose at Doncaster Pub/Bar Doncaster
Goose at Doncaster
Pub/Bar Doncaster
Golden Crown Pub/Bar Doncaster
Golden Crown
Pub/Bar Doncaster
The Running Horse Pub/Bar Doncaster
The Running Horse
Pub/Bar Doncaster
The Three Horse Shoes Pub/Bar Doncaster
The Three Horse Shoes
Pub/Bar Doncaster

A brief history of DoncasterA brief history of Doncaster

Doncaster is believed to have been inhabited early in time. The town sprung from a site where a Roman fort was built in the first century. This is specifically found at a crossing of the River Don. The fort was known as Danum.

The road leading to the fort is believed to have been built in the early 50s, while Governor Gn. Julius Agricola is thought to have been the one to open the route in the 70s for people to access the fort. Doncaster, then, provided a land route between York and Lincoln alternatively. The main route was Ermine Street.

There are numerous archaeological places and objects in town. The Roman fort talked about earlier is believed to be covered by St. George’s Minister today. In 1971, an important object was retrieved from the Danum fort’s site. This was the Danum shield.

In addition, there was also an altar in honour of the Matres by Marcus Nantonius Orbiotalus. This was found in 1781 and can be found at St. Sepulchre gate. However, in 1856, it was donated to the Yorkshire Museum.

The name Doncaster came from Don or Donne and caster which means military camp or fort. This was an Anglo-Saxon burh when Doncaster received its name.

The Conisbrough Castle was constructed a little after the Norman Conquest. The construction happened after the refortification of the town by Nigel Fossard.

Historian David Hey believes that trade existed in town because the street name Frenchgate serves as evidence that Fossard invited Normans to exchange goods.

In the Treaty of Durham, Doncaster was then ceded to Scotland, and England never formally had Doncaster again.

Doncaster became a busy town before and during the 13th century. In 1194, a town charter was given to Doncaster by King Richard I.

However, there were also challenges during the time for Doncaster. Because wood was mainly used for the buildings and houses, fire was a constant hazard. In 1204, Doncaster experienced a disastrous fire, but it has recovered.

During the 16th century, Doncaster’s town hall was the Church of St Mary Magdalene, but demolition happened in 1846. Doncaster’s market continued to operate at the Corn Exchange building during the 19th century, and this building was rebuilt in 1994 after a major fire damaged it.

Several friars came to Doncaster in the 14th century. By 1334, Doncaster was known as the wealthiest town in the county.

Doncaster was recovering from the Black death by 1379, and this has affected the population of the town; the population decreased.

In 1618, the Levetts tried to build a monopoly in Doncaster, but the population refused and revolted in 1628.

Expansion happened in the 16th and 17th centuries even though there were trials and obstacles along the way.

Popular things to do in DoncasterPopular things to do in Doncaster

Free things to DoncasterFree things to do in Doncaster

Great for kids in DoncasterGreat for kids in Doncaster

Great for dogs DoncasterGreat for dogs in Doncaster

  • Sprotbrough Canalside
  • Sandall Beat Woods
  • Doncaster River Walk

Dog friendly bars in DoncasterDog friendly bars

  • The Boat Inn
  • The Masons Arms
  • The Salutation

Dog friendly restaurants in DoncasterDog friendly restaurants

  • Maple Tree
  • Grove Inn
  • The Draughtsman Alehouse

Did you know?Did you know?

There was a famous train situated in Doncaster. It was the Flying Scotsman connection which was built in town during 1922-1923.

In addition, The Dome which is the leisure centre of Doncaster was opened by Princess Diana in 1989. This is where the first and only ice rink which is split-level all over the UK is located.

Hidden gems of DoncasterThe hidden gems of Doncaster

One hidden gem you can visit in Doncaster is the Brodsworth Hall and Gardens. This place will offer you a Victorian life for some hours when you see the amazing and historic displays inside. The gardens and structure display the beautiful life people have during the time.

Unique to DoncasterUnique to Doncaster

The oldest horse race in the whole world which is regulated can be found in Doncaster. This is the Doncaster Cup which initially ran in 1766. Doncaster’s first horse racing track was built in 1614.