The 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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mansion House Afternoon Tea sessions have been cancelled until at least the end of June. Please follow us on Facebook @VisitDoncaster for updates on this and more.

Afternoon Tea at the Mansion House

Enjoy a fine selection of speciality teas and coffees served with gourmet sandwiches, fresh cream scones, quiche and miniature cakes in the stunning surroundings of this Grade I listed building.

To book simply call The Tourist Information Centre on 01302 734309 or pop in and book through the friendly staff in the Tourist Information shop which is located next door to The Mansion House.

Afternoon Tea is priced at £17 per person.

Prosecco and other beverages are available to purchase on the day. Grou bookings very welcome

For prices and reservations please call

01302 734309 OR book in person at the Tourist Information Centre

Serving Times:






2020 Afternoon Tea dates: 

  • Friday 10 July

  • Tuesday 21 July

  • Friday 7 August

  • Friday 21 August

  • Friday 4 September

  • Thursday 10 September

  • Tuesday 22 September

  • Friday 2 October

  • Friday 30 October

  • Friday 6 November

  • Tuesday 17 November

  • Friday 4 December


Located on the High Street in the heart of Doncaster Town Centre.