Where to live in Doncaster?
A growing market town with a population well over 300,000, Doncaster can boast great transport links and a lively town centre. From sought after village locations for families to affordable housing aimed at young professionals, it has a bit of everything.
THINGS TO DO
Family fun can be enjoyed at Conisbrough Castle, Hodsock Priory, Wetlands Animal Park, the Maize Maze at Boston Park Farm and Yorkshire Wildlife Park as well as the 18th century buildings of Brodsworth Hall and Cusworth Hall. For a more active day out, the Doncaster Dome is home to a number of leisure attractions including swimming and ice-skating. Also in the area is the Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre, the Humberhead Peatlands and Potteric Carr Nature Reserves and there is also, motorcross, karting, football, rugby and the famous Doncaster Racecourse.
EATING & DRINKING
Doncaster has a growing restaurant scene with cuisine from the Mediterranean, Asia, classic British, Italian and more. As the sun sets, there are a number of pubs and the state of the art Cast venue hosts comedy, plays, ballet, gigs and more while, in the centre, Cask Corner and the Diamond Live Lounge have live music on offer.
The historic market in the town centre has been around for more than 750 years and there are other shops and amenities along the high street. Doncaster also has the award winning Frenchgate Shopping Centre with more than 130 stores to help you find everything you need. Other options include Wheatley Retail Park and the outlet stores at Lakeside Village on the outskirts of town. For supermarkets, you have the choice of Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Tesco and Asda.
There are special, independent and state schools around Doncaster. With more than 50 primary schools and 19 secondary schools, you are never far from giving your children a quality education.
Close to the A1(M), M18 and M62 motorways, with a large railway station in the town centre and Robin Hood Airport just outside the town, Doncaster boasts wonderful transport links that’s to its geographical positioning in the country.
Built around a 1st century Roman fort on the River Don, Doncaster grew into one of 28 cities in Britain in the 9th century. At that time, it was called Cair Daun and it developed into a busy town by the 1200s. Well positioned geographically, it was the primary route to get from London to Edinburgh and has traditionally been a prosperous area. In modern times, it expanded greatly thanks to coal mining before that collapsed but is slowing growing again.
DID YOU KNOW?
The famous TV series starring David Jason “Open All Hours” was filmed in the Doncaster suburb of Balby.