Things to do in Doncaster

Home to the UK’s only polar bears, Roman walls, medieval castles and a lively food and nightlife scene, you definitely won’t be left wondering what to do in Doncaster. Sports fans will enjoy the historic Doncaster Racecourse and the Doncaster Rovers – and the Belles, one of the UK’s most successful female football teams – while there are several aviation museums for flying fans, including the renowned Vulcan Experience. Factor in some amazing parks and countryside, a strong theatre scene and plenty of great shops, activities and hotels in Doncaster and you’ll see that this action-packed town more than holds its own against its bigger Yorkshire neighbours like Leeds and Sheffield.


Attractions

A market town dating back centuries, Doncaster is full of historic buildings, while it also has some stunning open spaces, parks and several stadiums showcasing horse racing, rugby and football.

Museums

From discovering Doncaster’s place in the industrial revolution, the fascinating army barracks to touring around the world’s last active Vulcan bomber, Doncaster has a diverse and fascinating range of museums.

Activities

Fancy checking out the UK’s only polar bears? Or getting lost in a maize maze? Or visiting medieval Conisbrough Castle? Whatever you’re into, there’s lots to see and do in Doncaster; one of the largest towns in South Yorkshire.


Shopping

Whether you’re wanting to shop ‘til you drop in one of the town’s modern shopping centres or pick up a bargain at a bustling market, Doncaster certainly lives up to expectations. Read our guide to find all the best places to indulge in a spot of retail therapy during your stay.

Parks

Doncaster is home to an abundance of wide open spaces and greenery. From a relaxing day out with the family to scenic cycling routes, our guide has everything you need to know to enjoy the great outdoors during your visit to the picturesque South Yorkshire town.


Premier Inn video guide to Doncaster


Places to eat

You won’t have to worry about feeling hungry during your stay in town. From afternoon tea and cakes to exotic curries, traditional Italian dishes and Tex-Mex joints, Doncaster has enough restaurants and café to suit every taste and budget.

Nightlife

With dozens of excellent pubs, an influx of new bars and some lively late-night dancing spots, Doncaster comes alive when the sun goes down. The compact town centre makes for the perfect pub and bar crawl, so brush up on all the best watering holes in our helpful guide.


Theatre

With Cast and the Little Theatre leading the way in Doncaster, there’s always a new play, panto or musical to see. Spanning high-end productions to home-grown theatre, make sure you read our in-depth guide if you fancy catching a show while you’re in town.

Culture

Boasting army barracks, Georgian manor houses and several outstanding museums dedicated to flying, Doncaster has a rich and varied cultural scene ready to be discovered. We’ve rounded up all the best spots for you to really get a taste of everything this humble Yorkshire town has to offer.


Stadiums

Home to one of the oldest racecourses in the country, as well as Keepmoat Stadium which hosts the Doncaster Rovers and the Doncaster Belles football teams.

Entertainment

The Cast Theatre dominates the cultural scene in Doncaster, putting on some of the town’s best events and programs spanning comedy, plays, musicals, pantomimes and much more.

Getting around

Getting in and around Doncaster couldn’t be easier. The town boasts excellent rail, road and airport connections, including the nearby Doncaster Sheffield Airport.


Our Doncaster map


Looking for a hotel in Doncaster?

Our three Doncaster hotels are perfect for exploring this historic Yorkshire town that boasts Roman remains, magnificent Georgian and Regency architecture and glorious green spaces.