Welcome to Doncaster
After recently being granted City status, Doncaster is now part of a group of Cities, awarded for its Community spirit, rich history and a Royal link to horseracing. The criteria to meet were:
- Vibrant Communities.
- Cutting-edge businesses.
- World-class sports.
- Award-winning green spaces.
- International airport.
- Road and Rail network.
- History, Heritage and Culture.
- Royal Associations.
Take a look at our article detailing the top 3 schools for Doncaster, but for now, we will mention the first two top-rated primary and secondary school, which is:
Kirby Avenue Primary School
Kirby Avenue boasts an OUTSTANDING Ofsted report, with its Maths and Reading progress score hitting well above average, its pupils are doing amazing.
Secondary School - XP School
Having a score of 52.1 for attainment compared to its National Average of 46.7, it is clearly excelling in this area. Although, evidence does show that it is slightly below when it comes to the National Average for reaching grade 5 or above in the subjects English and Maths GCSE. Besides that short downfall, it has an OUTSTANDING Ofsted report.
- Doncaster is a Minster Town, named after the River Don which flows close to the Centre. It is also classed as a popular historical market town which recently got acknowledged in the City status appeal.
- Being a location of high archaeological interest, in 1971 a rectangular shield called the Danum Shield was recovered dating to the 1st and 2nd century CE. Also, interestingly an inscribed altar was found at St Sepulchre Gate in 1781 which is now proudly displayed in Doncasters Yorkshire Museum.
- Doncaster has its very own legend too, of the ‘cat and the man’ at St Peter’s Church, Barnburgh. Before the 15th century, terrible events took place where a Knight of the Cresacre family was riding back to St Peter’s Church at Barnburgh through a heavy woodland area from Sprotbrough and a wild cat, rhumoured to be a Lynx jumped on the back of his horse, here a drawn-out struggle and attack took place right up to the porch of the Church where the Knight lay dying, managing to trap the Lynx it succumbed to its death also, hence the legend saying ‘the man killed the cat and the cat killed the man.’
Being home to many wealthy landowners and stately homes, Brodsworth Hall, Cantley Hall, Cusworth Hall, Hickleton Hall and Nether Hall take top place. St Georgre's Minster is a very popular attraction and historical landmark to take time to explore.
What's on the high street?
Doncaster is home to the excellent Frenchgate Shopping Centre which is on the doorstep of the train and bus station, leading out into the Town Centre which is famous for its markets, you will not be disappointed in the shopping experience.
It is easy to navigate around and has plenty of seating dotted around. We also have the popular Lakeside which is home to many eateries, bowling, cinema, swimming pool, Yorkshire aircraft museum and much more.
Favourite places to eat/drink
According to Tripadvisor, the top four rated places to eat are, La Boca Steakhouse, La Fiesta Restaurant, La Rustica Restaurant and Tweed at Wadworth. With Doncaster having great nightlife too, you are going to be grateful you came to Doncaster, it does not disappoint.
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