When you seek the best things to do in Doncaster, you might think of horse racing or heritage railways, but there’s far more to discover in this historic market town. Explore a little deeper and you’ll discover that it’s home to breathtaking Georgian architecture and its fair share of beautiful green spaces, making it a great place for couples and even families to enjoy.

    From country estates and nature reserves to castles, aircraft museums and atmospheric markets, there's an undeniable charm about this South Yorkshire town. Find out for yourself with our guide to Doncaster's most famous sights.

    What are the best things to do in Doncaster?

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    Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

    One of England’s best-preserved Victorian manors

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    Brodsworth Hall and Gardens is one of Doncaster’s unmissable attractions, oozing both history and splendour. The magnificent country estate was built in the 1860s and has been remarkably conserved as found, showing a realistic glimpse of what Victorian life was like.

    Now an English Heritage property, you can take a guided tour around the impressive house. Known for its contrasting grandeur and ‘realness’, you can see exactly how it was left by Sylvia Grant-Dalton in 1988. A stroll around the spectacular gardens is an absolute must – colourful and superbly manicured, they've been restored to their Victorian prime. Complete your visit with some refreshments in onsite the tearoom. Or, why not bring your own picnic?

    Lokalizacja: B6422, Brodsworth DN5 7XJ, UK

    Otwarte: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm

    Telefon: +44 (0)1302 722598

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    South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum

    Discover all things aviation at this fascinating former RAF base

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    The South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum is a fascinating way to spend a few hours, discovering the history and magnificence of aircraft. Located on the former site of RAF Doncaster, the interactive museum has displays spanning from modern times, right back to the early 20th century.

    A must-visit for families and aviation enthusiasts alike, wander around the impressive collections of aeroplanes and helicopters, from biplanes to military jets, climbing into cockpits as you go. When you're done admiring the exhibitions, there's a shop to browse and an onsite cafe to grab a bite.

    Lokalizacja: Dakota Way, Doncaster DN4 7NW, UK

    Otwarte: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (until 4 pm in winter)

    Telefon: +44 (0)1302 761616

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    The Vulcan Experience

    Step inside the cockpit of the legendary Cold War bomber

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    The Vulcan Experience gives aviation enthusiasts a hands-on tour of the namesake iconic Cold War bomber. Following her final flight in 2015, XH558 now resides at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, where you can have the opportunity to look around the aircraft.

    Learn all about its unique features and history with a tour of the famous delta underwing. You can watch a presentation about the work currently being carried out on the aircraft and see the bomb bay doors swing open and the control surfaces exercised. You’ll even get the chance to be shown around the cockpit by an engineer. Let’s be honest, you don’t really need to be an aviation expert to appreciate this incredible and memorable experience.

    Lokalizacja: Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Fourth Ave, Finningley, Doncaster DN9 3GF, UK

    Otwarte: Monday–Friday from 10 am to 3.30 pm (closed on weekends)

    Telefon: +44 (0)845 1247285

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    Danum Gallery, Library and Museum

    Delve into the history and culture of Doncaster

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    The Danum Gallery, Library and Museum is on the junction of Waterdale and Chequer Road, in central Doncaster. What was once the Doncaster High School for Girls is now home to the town's most significant and historical services all in one place.

    The art gallery section houses impressive collections from Heritage Doncaster, as well as influential pieces on loan from the likes of the British Museum. The library blends both traditional and modern learning and the museum section is where you can delve deep into the rich history of Doncaster.

    Lokalizacja: Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 2AE, UK

    Telefon: +44 (0)1302 734293

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    Conisbrough Castle

    Step back in time and explore the remarkable 12th-century keep

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    Conisbrough Castle is one of South Yorkshire’s most striking landmarks, with its famous 12th century keep atop the castle hill, standing tall for all to see. Located just southwest of Doncaster, in the neighbouring village of Conisbrough, it was once owned by Richard of York and is now a popular English Heritage property.

    The castle is steeped in history, with an interesting visitor centre, a small museum, and a gift shop. Spend time discovering the ancient ruins of the castle grounds, then climb the stairs of the superbly preserved keep and soak up the panoramic views from the top.

    Lokalizacja: Castle Hill, Conisbrough, Doncaster DN12 3BU, UK

    Otwarte: Saturday–Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm (closed on weekdays)

    Telefon: +44 (0)370 3331181

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    The Point

    Indulge in a spot of self-care and creative culture

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    The Point is one of Doncaster’s true hidden gems, a safe space to visit for anyone wanting to relax, unwind, get creative and try something new. The Point is the home of darts (Doncaster Community Arts), where a dedicated team of artists, musicians, performers and makers work together to provide creative workshops and programmes.

    Its main aim is to improve people’s emotional health and wellbeing. Open to anyone and people of all ages, you don’t have to join a programme to experience the benefits of The Point. Inside, you’ll find a café, a gallery and a tranquil gallery garden.

    Lokalizacja: The Point, 16 S Parade, Doncaster DN1 2DR, UK

    Otwarte: Monday and Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, Tuesday–Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 1.30 pm (closed Sundays)

    Telefon: +44 (0)1302 341662

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    Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

    Spot wetland birds and wildlife in their natural habitats

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    Potteric Carr Nature Reserve is a vast oasis of rugged fenland in Doncaster, teeming with wildlife and boasting stunning natural beauty. An idyllic spot to escape to, away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve is popular with birdwatchers, as it’s known for its abundance of wetland birds such as bitterns and marsh harriers.

    Walk alongside ponds with swaying reeds and through scenic woodland on winding paths, keeping your eyes peeled for woodpeckers, kingfishers and even some slightly more obvious inhabitants such as foxes and roe deer. At the end of your walk, recharge your batteries with some homemade food at its onsite cafe.

    Lokalizacja: Potteric Carr Visitor Centre, Mallard Way, Doncaster DN4 8DB, UK

    Otwarte: Daily from 9.30 am to 5 pm

    Telefon: +44 (0)1302 325736

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    Wool Market

    Doncaster’s vibrant market

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    Doncaster’s famous Wool Market has undergone a huge transformation in recent years and is now, more than ever, one of the trendiest places in town. The historic venue is home to friendly local vendors selling everything from fresh fruit, veg, meat and fish to handmade gifts and crafts, clothes and homeware.

    However, far more than just a regular market, you’ll also find international street food stalls, diverse eateries and bustling bars selling everything from coffee and cocktails to gin, prosecco and craft beers. Add to that a constant stream of live music events and you’ve got hours of entertainment all under one roof.

    Lokalizacja: Market Place, Doncaster DN1 1NG, UK

    Otwarte: Tuesday–Wednesday from 9 am to 4 pm, Thursday–Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Telefon: +44 (0)1302 436433

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    Doncaster Brewery & Tap

    Local ales freshly brewed on the premises

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    The Doncaster Brewery & Tap attracts punters looking to enjoy a delicious pint of real ale brewed right there on the premises. Housed in a converted shop in the centre of town, the unassuming boozer is one of the most popular bars in town. It’s a must-visit for anyone wanting to experience the delights of Doncaster’s nightlife.

    Along with 4 pumps of their own brewed beer, the bar usually serves 1 or 2 guest beers, as well as 6 draught ciders, 10 keg beers and an extensive list of bottled beers and wines. The venue plays host to regular events, from quizzes and spoken word evenings to book clubs and acoustic sessions.

    Lokalizacja: 7 Young St, Doncaster DN1 3EL, UK

    Otwarte: Tuesday–Thursday from 5 pm to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday from noon to 11 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Telefon: +44 (0)7921 970941

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    Cast

    For an unforgettable evening of performing arts in Doncaster

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    Cast is Doncaster’s modern and eclectic performing arts theatre, inviting audiences to experience their imaginative, inspiring and avant-garde shows. As soon as you approach the theatre, its state-of-the-art glass front with its brightly coloured lights let you know that this is a theatre that likes to break from the norm and treat you to some cutting-edge entertainment.

    Bold, unabashed and exciting, Cast celebrates all things Doncaster. It hosts local talent and artists, as well as world-renowned companies such as the National Theatre. There's everything, from family shows and pantomimes to musicals, comedy gigs and tribute acts.

    Lokalizacja: Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU, UK

    Otwarte: Hours vary by show

    Telefon: +44 (0)1302 303959

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