Spanning historic buildings almost 1,000 years old, sprawling parks and one of the oldest and largest racecourses in the country, there’s lots to see and do thanks to the many excellent Doncaster tourist attractions.
Once one of the grandest buildings outside London, Doncaster Mansion House on the High Street was built in 1749 at a cost of £8,000 and is one of only three mansion houses in England. During its long history, it has entertained royalty and acted as a hosting venue for the mayor of the town. Now open to the public, this Grade I-listed building is decorated in fine Georgian style, with the grand ballroom and great kitchen open for afternoon teas.
A romantic 12th century medieval edifice six miles south west of Doncaster, Conisbrough Castle has a restored circular keep that can trace its origins as far back as 1066. A direct inspiration for Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, the romantic castle offers stunning views over the countryside and lets you explore its basement and private chambers, with the visitor centre explaining the keep’s evocative history.
Just as impressive, but a lot more intact is Brodsworth Hall, a prime example of a Victorian country house that remains largely untouched since the 1860s. A Grade I-listed building with more than 30 rooms housing some stunning sculptures and paintings, it’s surrounded by Victorian gardens which are regularly used through the summer for special events.
Dating back to 1853, St. George’s Minster is a dramatic church to the north of the town centre. The original medieval church burnt down in the 19th century and the Gothic Victorian church was built in its place, including a clock designed by Dent, who also constructed Big Ben in London, and a truly wonderful 51-stop organ that’s one of the largest in the country.
Head to our dedicated page on parks in Doncaster to find out more about the nature reserves, playground and walking trails that the town has to offer.
Head to our dedicated page on Doncaster stadiums to find out more about the town’s historic racecourse and Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium.
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