Top 10 Things To Do In Doncaster

A helpful list from your accommodation team at The Home Crowd

Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or you’re just passing through the town, there’s more things to do in Doncaster than you might think. To help you plan your visit, the knowledgeable Home Crowd team have created this helpful list.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

If you’re an animal lover, Yorkshire Wildlife Park will be your number one place to visit in Doncaster. Built on the grounds of an old riding school, the park is now home to over 70 species of animals including a magnificent polar bear exhibition. Our personal favourite animals are the giraffes, which stand over five metres in height. 

This a fantastic day out for all of the family, with a number of play areas on site and a café for when you get hungry. Alternatively, if you’re looking to get a bit more hands on, you’ll also enjoy the animal experience days where you can get up-close and personal with a range of creatures, including lemurs, meerkats and wallabies. Alternatively, if you want a more relaxed day the cafe offers Afternoon Tea packages in the Safari Village Cafe.

To book tickets and experience days, visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Park website.  

Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a great day out for the whole family and it's right here in Doncaster.

A Day At The Races

Whether you’re an avid racegoer or a part-time punter, Doncaster Racecourse plays host to race meetings throughout the year. The most prestigious event held at the track is The St Ledger taking place in September. It’s part of flat racing’s Classic Series and it’s the perfect opportunity to dress in your finery and strut your stuff. It’s also Doncaster’s busiest weekend of the year, with racegoers flocking from across the UK and Ireland to visit.

As well as the star studded events on the track, the racecourse also holds a number of summer concert meetings combining racing and music for a fantastic evening of entertainment. Acts that have played these events include Mark Ronson, Madness, James Blunt and Olly Murs. You can see a full list of fixtures and book your tickets on the Doncaster Racecourse website.

Cusworth Hall and Brodsworth Hall

If history and heritage is your kind of thing then you’ll be wowed by the magnificent stately homes located in the countryside surrounding Doncaster.

Cusworth Hall is an 18th century Grade I listed country house and was the former residence to local landowner William Wrightson. It now hosts Heritage Doncaster’s Social History Museum in its great hall. There is also an expanse of parkland attached to the gardens that are perfect for a picnic or walk.

For a slightly different experience, Brodsworth Hall is a Victorian country house and English Heritage site preserved in the state that it was inherited in. The Italianate exterior of the house and much of the interior furnishings paint the story of its original owner Charles Thellusson, who would entertain guests in lavish parties right up to his death in 1885. However, throughout the following years, those who inherited the house struggled with its upkeep. Somehow, the property made it through to the present day in its current remarkable state. Those visiting now can enjoy a true picture of what life was like living in Brodsworth, both in its heyday and in the fallow years that followed.

The quirky Brodsworth Hall offers a day out to remember in the Doncaster countryside.

Take Flight 

You don’t have to have an international flight booked to experience the miracle of aviation in Doncaster. The town was home to RAF Finningley, so it’s no surprise that there’s plenty of things to do in Doncaster if you love planes.

Visit the The National Aviation Academy Hanger where you can see the famous RAF Vulcan bomber and hear its engines roar on the Vulcan experience. The local flying school offers taster sessions in their two or four seater Cessna aircraft. Here you’ll fly in the skies above Doncaster and take control of the plane yourself in a half hour lesson. Both of these attractions are located near to the airport, but if you’ve only got a couple of hours to spare in the town centre you’ll enjoy a visit to South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum for a quick look around some iconic aircraft. 

Visit A Castle

Keeping on the theme of history, Conisbrough Castle is a 12th Century Norman Castle which sits on the outskirts of Doncaster in the village of Conisbrough. Much of the castle’s ruins remain in a reasonable condition and paint a perfect picture of the castle’s history. Visitors can admire the earthworks that protected the castle’s position at the top of its knoll, study the inner buildings and inspect the limestone keep which still remains in situ.

Guided tours are available and can be booked through the English Heritage site. Look out for children’s activity days throughout the school holidays, which give children the chance to understand more about life in Norman times. 

Take A Hike With Nature

For those that love the great outdoors, perhaps the best thing to do in Doncaster is explore Potteric Nature Reserve. Home to a number of wetland birds and various other wildlife, the nature reserve has a number of trails to keep you on your feet all day. The park is owned and run byYorkshire Wildlife Trust<, with just a small fee required to use the trails on the reserve. There are plenty of picnic areas as well as a café on site.

A Day At The Footy

If you manage to catch a matchday in Doncaster, you’ll notice the red and white hooped shirts take over the town centre. Doncaster Rovers play at The Keepmoat Stadium which is located just outside of town and a short walk from our accommodation. The Rovers currently play in League One, reaching the Playoffs in 2019 with one of the highest goal tallies in the league. They’ll be trying to better that this season so any matches that you see should be entertaining. 

You can find tickets and fixtures on the club website.

Sports fans will enjoy taking in a match at the Keepmoat stadium and ticking the ground off their list.

Skating and Swimming

Doncaster Dome is the town’s central entertainment and activities hub. It has plenty for the whole family to enjoy including leisure swimming, ice skating, bowling and a gym. The swimming pool features slides, diving boards, floatables and a wave machine. Ice skating sessions offer fun for all of the family, with lessons available for the more nervous skaters.

Live Music

Whether you’re looking for big established acts or grassroots gigs, there’s plenty to choose from in Doncaster. The Dome often hosts a range of concerts by big acts, touring tribute bands and touring musicals so it’s always worth checking the listings. If you’re looking to unearth some local talent, The Leopard and The Social are both bars worth checking out.

A Meal & Drinks

Whatever your tastes, Doncaster has plenty of choice to enjoy a classy evening meal and drinks. The town has plenty of choice, including a number of top quality Italian, Indian and Chinese restaurants. There’s also plenty of choice for steaks and seafood, or if you’re simply looking for a nice pub meal, the countryside surrounding Doncaster town centre has plenty of choice. There’s also a good choice of drinking spots, including real ale pubs and cocktail bars both in town and on the outskirts.

If you’re looking for accommodation whilst you’re in Doncaster, head over to Our Apartments page and find a range of luxury serviced apartments for short term or long term stays. 

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