Hotels in Doncaster

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About Doncaster

About Doncaster

Leave routine life behind when you visit Doncaster in South Yorkshire. Served by Doncaster Sheffield International Airport, the town is on the banks of the River Don, about 17 miles from Sheffield. The town's train service makes it easily reachable from Leeds, Sheffield, Glasgow, Manchester, London, and Glasgow on the East Coast Main Line. Admire the Norman castles, Regency buildings, and railway heritage. Doncaster provides an eclectic mix of history, green spaces, nature reserves, nightlife, and shopping opportunities.

Explore Cusworth Hall, Museum and Park, often described as the jewel of the town. This Grade-I-listed architectural beauty, built between 1740 and 1744, is set amid acres of historic parkland. The museum displays several artefacts reflecting local culture from the 18th century to modern times. There's also 12th-century Conisbrough Castle, said to have inspired Sir Walter Scott to pen Ivanhoe. Explore the private chambers and basement, and make sure to snap some shots of the panoramic views of the countryside.

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What to see in Doncaster

Visit the Dome, a premium sports, entertainment, and leisure venue – it hosts around 50 activities under the same roof. One of the country's top five sports arenas, it receives more than 1 million visitors every year. Splash around at the Dome's 7-pool water world or explore the interconnected ice rinks. There’s even a play area for children and on-site café for refreshments.

Get a dose of history when you explore Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery's award-winning River and Road Gallery, which features artefacts of the town’s rich heritage. The museum also boasts a fine art collection and organises programmes regularly. Check out Cusworth Hall Museum, and carry a picnic hamper – the parkland around the museum is perfect for family days out and picnics.

Visit Yorkshire Wildlife Park just outside town to see some of the world's most endangered animals, including the black rhino and painted hunting dog. Stroll through the park to see exotic animals, from Bactrian camels to polar bears, roaming free in simulated natural habitats. And be sure to check out the town's historic buildings, such as Doncaster Mansion House. Constructed in 1749, the Grade-I-listed Georgian building has a kitchen that serves afternoon tea.

Where to stay in Doncaster

Families will likely prefer staying in a hotel, hostel, or apartment near Doncaster's centre, in the High Street area. You'll be close to Doncaster Train Station and Frenchgate Shopping Centre, which boasts more than 120 high street and designer shops where you can look for souvenirs. Market Place is a stone's throw from Doncaster Market and a brisk walk from the railway station, and the racecourse is within driving distance.

By staying at a Doncaster hotel near Wheatley Hall Road, you can keep the kids enthralled at nearby Astrabound, Doncaster's biggest indoor play arena. It houses safe, multi-tiered soft play areas for babies and toddlers. There's also Bennetthorpe and Regent Square, close to Doncaster Racecourse, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, and Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery. Budget travellers could check around Bawtry Road for affordable accommodation.

If you're planning a budget holiday, consider looking on Opodo for cheap hotels, apartments, and hostels near Doncaster Leisure Park. You'll be close to South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum and the Dome, and save money for your next holiday!