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Things to do in Doncaster
Doncaster is a town in the county of South Yorkshire, England. It lies on the River Don, about 14 miles north-east of Sheffield and 15 miles south-east of Leeds. It has many things to do and see for tourists. Visitors will be interested in visiting the Doncaster Museum or exploring one of the many parks that surround it. They can also go shopping at the Liberty Shopping Centre or visit any of the interesting museums which are dotted around Doncaster such as The National Coal Mining Museum.
History of Doncaster
Doncaster was of significant importance in the medieval period when it was a market centre and important staging post on the Great North Road. The town is also home to Doncaster Racecourse which has staged several notable races including two which have been recognized as 'Derby' finals. This has led to the town being dubbed the capital of the St Leger.
Doncaster is a sizeable, post industrial town which was once home to extensive steelworks and coal mining. There are signs of human activity in Doncaster from 9,000 years ago: references exist with regard to a battle fought between Vespasian's Roman army and 'the Brigantes' in 69 AD, although there have been no archaeological excavations so far that would confirm this. The ‘Domesday Book’ entry for Doncaster was DB c xxxiii (where DB signifies 'David Bishop') says "The King holds Dearnford. Earl Tosti held it before 1066.
Coal Mining Industry
Coal mining has been one of the town's major industries from 1850s onwards with many mines still operating around these areas even now including Hatfield Main Colliery on land owned by Bassetlaw District Council just north-east of South Elmsall near Pontefract; Grimethorpe Colliery which is south west of Wakefield; Bentley colliery in Henshaw Street close to the border with Rotherham; Hatfield Colliery, just west of Barnsley and Bentley West near Stannington.
Doncaster is currently home to the world's largest outdoor ice arena, but this will be demolished in 2020. The town centre has many interesting places for tourists too - they can visit any of the museums or galleries such as Art Gallery and Museum on their doorstep, take a walk down Doncaster High Street where there are plenty of shops with an impressive mix of high street and independent retailers, go window-shopping along Kirkgate Market which dates back over 100 years or have lunch at one of the cafes that line Bridge Gate. For those who want to explore some more natural surroundings there are also two parks close by including Woodlands Park and Monckton Country Park both offer walking routes through beautiful countryside scenery.
Doncaster is also home to many museums including The Dorman Museum which houses an impressive collection of world-renowned paintings by artists such as Constable, Turner, Gainsborough and Kneller while Doncaster's Industrial Museum explores local history with a spectacular range of interactive exhibits from traditional manufacturing techniques like weaving to heavy industry machinery.
Parks and nature reserves in Doncaster
Doncaster has many parks and open spaces. The largest is Rossington Allotments, which runs between the River Don and Woodhouse Natural Park to the south of town. There are also a number of smaller play areas for children such as Robin Hood Playground on Hall Gate in Manor (open April-October) and Oval Green Recreation Ground in King Edward Street (open all year).
The River Don is a haven for wildlife and has been nominated as one of the most important waterways in Britain. It was also acknowledged by Historic England as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which encompasses Rossington Allotments and Woodhouse Nature Park on its southern bank before it flows into Conisbrough to the north.
Transport around Doncaster
The buses are very reliable in Doncaster but do not run as often as they do during peak hours so make sure you plan your journey well ahead of time - it can be quite difficult if you wait until closer to departure time when all services may already be full. The operators will also concentrate on the areas that need them most at certain times too – for example, before the train station opens in the morning.
If you are travelling by car from Leeds or Manchester, there is a fast dual-carriageway link that will take about 30 minutes. If coming via M62 westbound, leave at junction 29 and follow signs for Doncaster (A18). From M180 north/east bound take exit 26 to A19 then follow the road towards Doncaster until reaching Skellow Road roundabout where you should turn left onto B1438 heading into town centre. The other option if using another route is to head out of Leeds on A61 southbound which takes around 60 minutes but it's more scenic.
Sporting Venues in Doncaster
Doncaster has a football team called Doncaster Rovers, who play in the League One. They were relegated from the Championship (second division) at the end of 2013-14 season but they are looking to return to that league with new manager Darren Ferguson. The club was founded in 1879 and is nicknamed 'the Dons'.
The town also hosts Northern Sports Centre which includes an indoor rodeo arena for flat riding events as well as outdoor facilities such as showjumping courses, dressage arenas and cross country riding areas. There's not just equestrian sport around here - there's also Oasis Academy Media Arts & Technology College which offers sports programmes including basketball, volleyball, badminton or even golf
There are several sporting venues in Doncaster which host major competitions. These include the Keepmoat Stadium, home to the city's football league team and where they play their games as well as hosting other events such as rugby matches; The Dome, a multi-purpose sports venue that hosts athletics and speedway; Cantley Park Golf Club for golf enthusiasts and Glapwell Cricket Ground for cricket fans amongst many others
Doncaster also has its own professional tennis tournament held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre from July until September each year with over 100 players competing weekly for various titles. There is even an annual Cycling Festival called 'The Tour of Britain' which starts off in London before coming into Doncaster on day three of this two week event
Doncaster also houses several arts venues such as Millennium Galleries, Raw Space Gallery and JB Shorts Theatre that are open throughout the year hosting a series of free exhibitions; workshops; dance performances and so much more. Of course there's no better place than Ponds Forge International Sports Centre with their swimming pool complex which includes Olympic standard facilities where you can train alongside some of Britain's top athletes.