Market History

For hundreds of years traders have been competing to make a sale at Doncaster Market

Doncaster’s market can trace its origins right back to the Roman times when the local population established a vicus outside the walls of the Roman fort to trade with the garrison stationed there. Today’s market is on the very same spot and has benefitted from Doncaster being on the Great North Road through the centuries.

One of the highlights is the Fish Market, but there are in fact around 10 separate markets all huddled together around the Market Place. In the 19th century a Corn Exchange was built at the heart of the market area. It was designed to be a concert hall as well as a market building and Elgar conducted the London Symphony Orchestra here in 1909. A young Winston Churchill also spoke here about his experiences during the Boer War. More recently, Doncaster Market with its 400 plus stalls has won various awards including the BBC’s Best Food Market in Britain.

Doncaster Market is fully open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 8am until 4pm

An Antiques and Second Hand Market is also held on Wednesdays, while a Farmers Market takes place every first and third Wednesday, and every third Sunday each month.

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

Watch the video below to see some of the big changes we'll be making to this this fine Victorian listed gem over the next few years.