2 Days in Doncaster

Welcome to our guide on 48 hours in Doncaster. Whether you’re visiting for the first time, are a local or a regular visitor, we guarantee a true Yorkshire welcome

Welcome to our guide on 48 hours in Doncaster. Whether you’re visiting for the first time, are a local or a regular visitor, we guarantee a true Yorkshire welcome. Whether you want to experience our rich history and culture, a quality family day out, Doncaster’s extensive international cuisine or maybe you want to get in touch with nature and explore our green spaces, whatever it might be, this guide has it all.

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Day One

1. Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Start the day amongst nearly 500 animals from over 60 different species including the only polar bears in England, majestic lions, red pandas and even a black rhino. The 100-acre nature reserve is conveniently separated by walk-through adventure areas such as Lemur Woods, Wallaby Walkabout, South America Viva and Into Africa.

2. Wool Market

The Wool Market is a popular destination for all ages. It offers the best international street food around from pizzas and tapas to cupcakes and rolled ice-cream. If the family have different ideas on lunch there’s no need to worry, a large communal eating area means you can all sit together and soak up the market atmosphere while eating different foods from the various eateries. After having a bite to eat, you can then challenge your friends and family to some friendly competition using the Wool Market's brand new leisure facilities. While you are in the town centre, don’t forget to check out the other local independent businesses around town and also the Frenchgate Shopping Centre where you will find all the big high street stores.

3. Lakeside Village

If you want to bag a bargain then Lakeside Village is a must! With lots of stores including high street favourites Next Outlet and M&S Outlet, ample free parking and Changing Places toilets, it is safe to say that Lakeside Village provides a welcoming and contemporary shopping environment for all to enjoy

4. Hex Hotel

Before retreating for the night, head back to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and enjoy a little more shopping and dinner time at the Yorkshire HIVE, Yorkshire Wildlife Park's free-admission shopping, dining and entertainment destination located adjacent to the entrance of the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. End the day with an exciting stay at the new Hex Hotel where you will wake up to the sound of wildlife. 

Day Two

1. A day out with the animals

For those of you with younger children to keep entertained Boston Park Farm is a guaranteed hit. Children can get up close with a range of farm animals and even pet and feed them. From July to October, you can also have hours of fun in the maize maze. Can you find your way out?

2. Cool down with some locally made farm ice cream

For the summer months, a trip to Sunnybank Gardens comes highly recommended. Walk around the beautiful gardens, have a family crazy golf competition and then cool down with delicious locally made farm ice cream.

3. Walk on the wild side

Thorne and Hatfield Moors forms part of the humberhead peatlands which represents the largest area of raised bog wilderness in lowland Britain at 2,887 hectares in size. The sites are internationally important, both as an example of a lowland raised mire and for its breeding nightjars. Visitors can explore one of the varied nature-brimming way-marked routes highlighting the stunning scenery

Need more ideas? For a more comprehensive list of a wide range of activities head over to our website: visitdoncaster.com