Doncaster town guide
Doncaster came into being as Danum the first Roman military station in what is now Yorkshire. It sits astride the great road to the North from London and is an important railway junction on the main railway line to the north up the east coast of England.
As England moved into the Industrial Revolution and the Coal and steel industries developed, Doncaster found itself strategically placed on the transport routes to the Yorkshire and Nottingham Coalfields and the great steel-making centre of Sheffield. Allied to all this industry the railway works at Doncaster became the principal works for the London and North Eastern Railway, giving birth to the Mallard, still the fastest Steam Locomotive ever.
Whilst Doncaster has its own Georgian charm and a comprehensive shopping centre there are many other attractions within a short distance. A hire car may be necessary to reach certain of these attractions with ease.
One attraction close to Doncaster is the Racecourse, home of the famous St Ledger Festival, run in September each year.
A number of Stately homes are close by; Conisborough Castle, Cusworth Hall and Brodsworth Hall are all within the borough of Doncaster. Venture further and the magnificent Nostell Priory, recently fully restored by the National Trust is located between Doncaster and Wakefield.