Doncaster Mansion House

One of Doncaster most historic landmarks. 

When the Doncaster Corporation decided they needed a venue to entertain in grand style they commissioned a local architect, James Paine, to design the grandest of buildings. In fact, he openly copied an earlier plan for a royal palace in London by Inigo Jones which was never built, so we have in effect a Royal Palace on the High Street of Doncaster!

Work on the Mansion House was delayed by Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army marching south, but eventually resumed and the Mansion House was officially opened in 1749.

The Mansion House was the residence of the Mayor of Doncaster from 1750 to 1922 and as such was finished in a manner, which reflected the importance, dignity and tradition of the office of the First Citizen of the Borough. Although there have been minor changes to the Palladian design, the existing interior features have been retained. Within the impressive rooms many treasured artefacts are displayed. The artefacts have been acquired over a period of 200 years and represent a myriad of styles and magnificently illustrate changes in local and national society and culture.

Today it remains one of only three Mansion Houses in England and has entertained royalty throughout the years. Many of the fine rooms are now open to the public on open days, including the grand ballroom and the great kitchen, with the interior dripping in fine Georgian decoration. Now this Grade I listed building has regular dates for Afternoon Teas and is also a popular venue for weddings.

For more information about the Mansion House and its events click HERE.

For further information on the history of this historic building, please contact Doncaster Archives using the below details:

For day out ideas involving Doncaster's rich culture and heritage click HERE.


2018 Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Teas will take place on the following dates from 12noon-4pm and are priced £16.00 per person. To book tickets please contact or visit the Tourist Information Centre, 01302 734309.                                            

  • Friday 16th February 2018
  • Tuesday 6th March 2018
  • Friday 16th March 2018
  • Friday 20th April 2018
  • Friday 11th May 2018
  • Friday 15th June 2018
  • Friday 6th July 2018
  • Friday 24th August 2018
  • Friday 7th September 2018
  • Tuesday 18th September 2018
  • Friday 5th October 2018
  • Friday 2nd November 2018
  • Friday 7th December 2018

2018 Tea Dances

The Tea Dances are held between 2-4pm on the dates listed below and are priced £3.50 per person including tea/coffee and biscuits which is payable at the door.

  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018
  • Tuesday  27th February 2018
  • Tuesday 20th March 2018
  • Tuesday 17th April 2018
  • Tuesday 15th May 2018
  • Tuesday 12th June 2018
  • Tuesday 10th July 2018
  • Tuesday 7th August 2018
  • Tuesday 4th September 2018
  • Tuesday 2nd October 2018
  • Tuesday 6th November 2018
  • Tuesday 4th December 2018

For more information please contact The Mansion House on 01302 734032.


2018 Open Days

The Mansion House is now open to visitors on regular Open Days throughout the year. Admission for open days is free. 10am-2pm

  • Friday 12th January 2018
  • Friday 9th February 2018
  • Friday 9th March 2018
  • Friday 6th April 2018
  • Friday 4th May 2018
  • Friday 1st June 2018
  • Friday 29th June 2018
  • Friday 20th July 2018
  • Friday 31st August 2018
  • Friday 21st September 2018
  • Friday 26th October 2018
  • Friday 23rd November 2018
  • Friday 14th December 2018

The Mansion House also runs open days on the same dates as the tea dances at 10-1pm.