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The Walkfo guide to things to do & explore in Doncaster

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Doncaster is the principal settlement of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in South Yorkshire . It was part of the West Riding of Yorkshire from 1899 and incorporated into a newly created metropolitan borough in 1974 . The town had a population of 109,805 at the 2011 census, which includes the town centre and some inner suburbs . In mid-2019 est., the wider metropolitan borough, governed from the town, including more distant settlements, will be the 39th most populous district in England . When you visit Doncaster, Walkfo brings Doncaster places to life as you travel by foot, bike, bus or car with a mobile phone & headphones.


Doncaster Places Overview: History, Culture & Facts about Doncaster

Visit Doncaster – Walkfo’s stats for the places to visit

With 49 audio plaques & Doncaster places for you to explore in the Doncaster area, Walkfo is the world’s largest heritage & history digital plaque provider. The AI continually learns & refines facts about the best Doncaster places to visit from travel & tourism authorities (like Wikipedia), converting history into an interactive audio experience.

Doncaster history


Doncaster grew up at the site of a Roman fort constructed in the 1st century at a crossing of the River Don . The Roman fort is believed to have been located on the site that is now covered by St George’s Minster . Doncaster provided an alternative direct land route between Lincoln and York .


Doncaster is generally believed to be the Cair Daun listed as one of the 28 cities of Britain in the 9th-century History of the Britons . It was certainly an Anglo-Saxon burh, during which period it received its present name: “Don-” (Old English: Donne) from the settlement and river and “-caster” from an Old English adaptation of the Latin castra .


In 1605, King James I granted to William Levett of Doncaster the right to levy tolls at Friar’s and St Mary’s bridges . In 1618 the family began enforcing it but, by 1628, the populace revolted . Parliament disagreed, calling the tolls “a grievance to the subjects, both in creation and execution” Doncaster has traditionally been a prosperous area within the wapentake of Stafford and Tickhill .

Doncaster economy & business

Distribution centres

Doncaster has a number of major distribution centres, including the 420 acre Doncaster International Railport . Next, Tesco, IKEA, Amazon.com, Lidl and Faberge are also sited there . A significant proportion of fresh and frozen goods for northern supermarkets is dispatched by road from Doncaster .

Regeneration initiatives

Doncaster Regeneration initiatives photo

Doncaster Lakeside, home to the Doncaster Rovers ground, has undergone modernisation . The Frenchgate Centre, a shopping centre and transport interchange, has been extended to connect with the railway station and bus station . The Waterdale area of the town centre is currently undergoing rejuvenation, with a new theatre (known as CAST) and civic offices already having been completed .


During the 19th and 20th century, confectioners based in Doncaster included Parkinson’s the Butterscotch inventors, Nuttalls Mintoes and Murray Mints . Parkinson’s put their 190-year-old trademark up for sale on eBay in August 2011 .

Coal and industrial expansion

River Don and Don Navigation used to transport coal from Doncaster to steel production centres at Rotherham, Scunthorpe and Sheffield . A large number of mining jobs were lost in the late 1980s, and today coal mining has ceased . Bridon Ropes supplied wire rope for the Olympic Stadium for the 2012 Olympic Games .

The railways and locomotive works

During the Industrial Revolution, the Great Northern Railway established the Doncaster Locomotive and Carriage Building Works . The Doncaster Plant became famous for building LNER locomotives Flying Scotsman and Mallard . By August 2008, the whole Plant complex had been razed to make way for a large housing development .


Doncaster Aviation photo

In 1909, Doncaster Racecourse was chosen as the venue for an airshow, after the world’s first international air display in Reims, France in 1909 . During World War I fighters based first from the racecourse, then a temporary airstrip near Finningley (later RAF Finningly and now Doncaster Sheffield Airport) and finally, in 1916, from a newly built airfield, were deployed to defend the east coast against Zeppelins .

Tractor production

Doncaster Tractor production photo

In 1930, International Harvester started the production of agricultural implements at a factory on Wheatley Hall Road and later at another in the Carr Hill area of Doncaster . The first tractor built at the factory was a Farmall M, which came off the production line on 13 September 1949 . Tractors were initially built from parts shipped from the US . The factory was purchased by ARGO SpA, an Italian-based agricultural equipment builder .

Doncaster geography / climate

Doncaster Geography photo

Doncaster is the second-largest settlement in South Yorkshire and has the largest metropolitan district in England by area size. The borough expanded dramatically in population with the development of coal mining.


The town lies at a low elevation in the Don Valley, in the lee of the Pennines, and inland from the North Sea . The August 1990 record high of 35.5 °C (95.9 °F) is the most northerly temperature above 35 °C in the British Isles . The nearest weather station is RAF Finningley, now known as Doncaster Sheffield Airport, located about 5.5 mi (8.9 km) south-east of Doncaster .

Why visit Doncaster with Walkfo Travel Guide App?

Visit Doncaster PlacesYou can visit Doncaster places with Walkfo Doncaster to hear history at Doncaster’s places whilst walking around using the free digital tour app. Walkfo Doncaster has 49 places to visit in our interactive Doncaster map, with amazing history, culture & travel facts you can explore the same way you would at a museum or art gallery with information audio headset. With Walkfo, you can travel by foot, bike or bus throughout Doncaster, being in the moment, without digital distraction or limits to a specific walking route. Our historic audio walks, National Trust interactive audio experiences, digital tour guides for English Heritage locations are available at Doncaster places, with a AI tour guide to help you get the best from a visit to Doncaster & the surrounding areas.

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Best Doncaster places to visit

Doncaster has places to explore by foot, bike or bus. Below are a selection of the varied Doncaster’s destinations you can visit with additional content available at the Walkfo Doncaster’s information audio spots:

Doncaster photo Belle Vue (Doncaster)
Belle Vue was a football stadium in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, that served as the home ground of Doncaster Rovers from 1922 to 2007. The ground was renowned for having the biggest pitch in the United Kingdom, at 110 yards (100 metres) long and 72 yards (66 metres) wide.
Doncaster photo Intake Ground
The Intake Ground was the home ground of Doncaster Rovers between 1885 and 1919. It is still used today as a football field.
Doncaster photo Lakeside Village, Doncaster
Lakeside Village is an outlet shopping centre in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Remodelled in 2003, it was previously known as The Yorkshire Outlet.
Doncaster photo Nether Hall, Doncaster
Nether Hall is a large mansion in Doncaster. It is a Grade II listed building. Nether Hall was built in the 1930s and is now owned by a large estate.
Doncaster photo St George’s Minster, Doncaster
The Minster and Parish Church of St George, Doncaster, also known as Doncaster Minster, is a parish church in the Church of England. It was one of the Greater Churches Network.
Doncaster photo Doncaster Power Station
Doncaster A provided electricity to the town from 1900 to 1958, and the B station provided electricity from 1953 to 1983. The B station was located in the centre of Doncaster in South Yorkshire.
Doncaster photo Potteric Carr
Potteric Carr is a large area of land to the southeast of Doncaster, in Yorkshire, England, over 3,000 acres (12 km) in size.
Doncaster photo Bentley railway station (South Yorkshire)
Bentley railway station is a railway station that serves Bentley, South Yorkshire, England. It lies on the Wakefield Line and is managed by Northern. It was opened on 27 April 1992 by British Rail with financial assistance from the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.
Doncaster photo Don Bridge
The Don Bridge is a motorway viaduct in South Yorkshire, England. It is one of the largest motorway bridges in the world.

Visit Doncaster plaques

Doncaster Plaques 2
Doncaster has 2 physical plaques in tourist plaque schemes for you to explore via Walkfo Doncaster plaques audio map when visiting. Plaques like National Heritage’s “Blue Plaques” provide visual geo-markers to highlight points-of-interest at the places where they happened – and Walkfo’s AI has researched additional, deeper content when you visit Doncaster using the app. Experience the history of a location when Walkfo local tourist guide app triggers audio close to each Doncaster plaque. Explore Plaques & History has a complete list of Hartlepool’s plaques & Hartlepool history plaque map.