Local Information

Doncaster is currently enjoying an exciting period of growth and re-development making it a great time to visit. The town boasts an impressive new shopping complex, superb leisure facilities and excellent transport links.

Shopping

Lakeside Village

If you want to go where the smart shoppers go to find great value then visit Lakeside Village (www.lakeside-village.co.uk), With over 45 famous name stores and up to 60% off every day, you’ll find everything you need – from men’s, women’s and children’s fashion to sportswear gifts , homeware and accessories all at amazingly low prices.

With great stores like M&S Outlet, NEXT Clearance, GAP Outlet and Clarks Factory Shop set in our spacious, peaceful environment, you’re sure to be spoilt choice. Take a break from bargain hunting with a treat from Greggs or relax and watch the world go by in Costa Coffee or Thornton’s Chocolate Café. Nearby there’s also Pizza Hut, McDonalds, a Beefeater restaurant, and KFC so you’ll never be hungry!

There’s fun for the children too, with ‘ Cheeky Monkeys’ covered outdoor adventure playground and our indoor soft play area for toddlers .

Doncaster has a fantastic range of shops situated in the town centre; Doncaster Racetrackmost of which are located in the brand new state of the art Frenchgate Centre (www.frenchgateshopping.co.uk) which has been redeveloped at a cost of £200m.

Also in the town is an extremely large market featuring over 400 stalls where you can buy everything from your fruit and vegetables to designer clothing; this is held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

Meadowhall (www.meadowhall.co.uk) near Sheffield is the largest shopping centre in Europe is only 20-30 minutes from Doncaster by either Car or Train.

Entertainment

Doncaster provides a variety of leisure and entertainment facilities.

The town offers a vibrant nightlife and features a wide selection of bars, pubs, nightclubs and Restaurants.

Doncaster Dome (www.the-dome.co.uk) located at the Doncaster Leisure Park; less than 5 minutes from the hotel boasts 6 swimming pools, an ice rink, gymnasium, squash, badminton and indoor football courts. The Dome also plays host to Concerts and Special Events. Also, the Leisure Park features Doncaster Superbowl (www.doncastersuperbowl.co.uk) and a Vue Cinema complex (www.myvue.com)

The new Keepmoat Stadium (www.keepmoatstadium.co.uk) also hosts open air concerts. Artists to play so far include Bryan Adams, Ronan Keating, McFly and Elton John.

Local Attractions

Doncaster Racetrack

Cusworth Hall (www.visitdoncaster.co.uk) is an imposing 18th century country house set in extensive landscaped parklands, once home to the Battie-Wrightson family. The Grade 1 listed house is deemed a site of special interest due to the preservation of all elements of a Georgian country house. It houses displays on the history of Doncaster and its people.

Conisbrough Castle (www.conisbroughcastle.org.uk) is approximately 7 miles from the hotel. This 12th century attraction is considered to be one of the finest examples of medieval architecture in Europe.

Doncaster Racecourse (www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk) home of the oldest classic — the St Leger has recently been redeveloped at a cost of £55million. The racecourse now boasts some of the best facilities in Europe. There are several race meetings throughout the year; and in conjunction with Doncaster Racecourse we are pleased to offer some Racing Packages (link to our racing packages page).

Doncaster Rovers Football Club (www.doncasterroversfc.premiumtv.co.uk) recently promoted to the Coca Cola Championship play at the new Keepmoast Stadium which opened in 2007. Ticket prices range from £8-£22. The stadium is also home to Doncaster Belles and Doncaster Lakers.

Transport Links

Positioned centrally within the UK, Doncaster is close to the major motorway network and also has excellent rail links; only a 90 minute train ride from London and 3 hours from Scotland. Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport (www.robinhoodairport.com) has also recently opened and flies to many European and Worldwide destinations.