History 1st thanks to wiki....
Doncaster is the site of a Roman fort which was built in the 1st century AD at the site of a crossing across the River Don. The Roman empirical command of Ninius called this fort "Caer Daun". Later the commands of Antoninus Pius and Notitia called this fort Danum, from which the town derives the Don part of its name; caster a Saxon word corrupted from the Latin original Castra, meaning a military camp.
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Doncaster has seen massive change in the past 10 years. we have a new airport, shopping centre, bus exchange and many new bars. doncaster has to be the best night out in yorkshire - the bars are so close together us northern girls neadn't wear a coat out! taxis are easy and cheap to come by and there are many a kebab shop for the midnight munchies!
the airport is handy and should soon be busier with more airliners using it. ryanair is a great addition meaning we can get to benidorm very quickly and cheaply!
Doncaster, my home town and the place I have lived in all my life, is a thriving and progressive town that is on the verge of earning its long term goal of becoming a city. Since missing out to Preston the last time round, Doncaster has improved beyond recognition and now offers something for everyone, apart from a beach of course.
The football club, Doncaster Rovers, have been putting the town on the map in recent years having beaten the once mighty Leeds United in the Legue 1 play off final and, only last week, drawing with Aston Villa in the FA Cup. The team's impressive new stadium is one of the first things you see when enetering the town from the M18 motorway.
Doncaster actually spans, north to south, over 50 miles and is one of the biggest towns in the UK. Many lovely country villages help to make up the borough of Doncaster and these compliment the busier areas really well.
The town center has had a lot of work done to it and now offers a great shopping experience and a bustling night life that people from places like Leeds, Sheffield and York come to sample.
Donny is officially on the up.
Doncaster is a market town, about 15 minutes drive from the city of Sheffield in South Yorkshire. I'm going to summarise what I think of Doncaster below Day Shopping Not bad, but obviously not the choice you would find in a bigger place. For those of you from a city, there's no department stores of any note (Binns is the best of a poor bunch) and specialist stores are sadly lacking. There's a couple of music stores, a couple of fashion stores and that's it really. Nothing like Kookai or Warehouse stores for the girls. Don't come to Doncaster just to shop! try Meadowhall nearby Amenities The town boasts one of the best racecourses in the country. The racecourse holds the St Leger and the Lincoln and is a major reason people come to Donny!. There's also one of the biggest indoor sports centres (the Dome), a Warner multiplex and plenty of pubs. It does well on this front. It also has one of only 3 mansion houses in the country which is worth a visit Architecture Not good. The Frenchgate centre basically destroyed Old Doncaster. The only bits worth looking at are South Parade and parts near the market. Nights Plenty of pubs and so much choice that you really cannot be disappointed. I really would recommend the pubs to anyone. Their is a real lack of decent nightclubs however, so the nights aren't really complete. Food wise a good selection of places, I can recommend Carlo's to people who are in Doncaster. A warning, Donny can be violent, it's full of narrow minded people who would like nothing better than to start a fight! Overall It's not worth going out your way to visit, or worth a special trip but if your passing through or here for the races, Donny isn't really that bad! try it
Doncaster has a prison the locals call Doncatraz. Doncaster is the teenage pregnancy capital of England. Doncaster has a bunch of plastic trees outside the town hall. Interesting facts! So what does 'Donny' as the locals call it, have to offer anyone determined enough to visit South Yorkshire? Doncaster is a large town in South Yorkshire, a heavy industry county based on iron, steel, mining, generally in decline. It has been semi-renovated, with reasonable pedestrianization, although the impression of the town is still dirty. In the town centre itself is an outdoor market, famous for fish, but including a lot of bric-a-brac. There are the usual high street shops, but little in the way of unusual shops. There's a small shopping arcade, the Frenchgate Centre, and plenty of night clubs, though many of them can get rough. If you want a quick lay, that's no problem in Donnie! The town is very well served transport wise, with two bus stations and a train station on the main Intercity Scotland to London line, so it can be reached easily from most places. Close by the town are lots of open fields and parks for those wanting fresh air, and the scenery outside the town is surprisingly good. There are many charming villages, such as Sprotbrough. There's a canal walk, and Conisbrough Castle, which is an English Heritage property and one of the best Norman keeps in the country. Donnie might surprise you, but I think your best bet when visiting is to explore the places around Doncaster, and avoid the town centre if you can.