Official language: English
Time zone: UTC+1 (summer), UTC+0 (winter)
Currency: Pound sterling (GBP)
The name Doncaster seems to you too long and not friendly? So thought citizens of the city. Since decades locals have been sweetly calling Doncaster - “Donny”.
Yorkshire is called the most beautiful region of England. Not without a reason – go for trekking through nearby forests and moors, and you will find out yourselves.
If you travel with child, make sure to visit the farm Maize Maze that lies east of Doncaster. Young lambs, ducks and goats live there, that can be stroked and even fed.
The city that remembers times of Roman’s greatness, located in the central part of Great Britain, on a hill in the valley Don. As the river Don was the border of influences of the Roman Empire, in the 1st century AC Romans founded there a fort. Doncaster was granted the charter in 1194 by king Richard I.
This is where the most famous man in tights was born – Robin Hood. In a ballad from around year 1500 there is information that the hero of poor lived in Barnsdales, a district in the north of Doncaster. Whereas from located around 50 miles further Nottingham, originated sheriff Robert de Rainault.
In the 16th century Doncaster was famous for trading stagecoaches. No wonder then, than in the city many stud farms appeared. Which resulted in growth in popularity of horse racing. To this day the city is known for that sport – since 1776 there is St Leger Stakes taking place there, an oldest horse racing event in the world. It is accompanied by 10-days festival, during which history and culture of Doncaster are celebrated.
If you like sightseeing, you won’t be bored in Doncaster. In Norman cathedral Doncaster Minsiter from the 12th century there is part of walls from Roman times. Souvenirs after Romans you will also find in Doncaster Museum – there are coins, altar and soldier’s shield, among others. Are you interested in castles? Doncaster has two – the Tickhill Castle, which is now a private residence and the Conisbrough Castle with a tower, from which there is an amazing view on the area.
If you want to get what’s the best in England, make sure to go to a fish market at the High Street. Residents of the city buy there mostly fresh fishes, but you can also get there smoked and fried fishes, ready to eat ones, of course together with French fries. When you get really hungry, go for dinner to King Willian Inn in Scaftworth. Served there roast are almost like the ones in roadside inns from Robin Hood times.