Trains to Doncaster
From its world-famous racecourse to its thriving nightlife, visitors to Doncaster will find there’s plenty to entertain and delight in this diverse South Yorkshire town.
Family-friendly attractions like Cusworth Hall, Yorkshire Wildlife Park and The Dome Leisure Centre will keep the kids happy on days out, and there’s also a huge selection of high street shops and unique restaurants to explore.
Doncaster’s ideal if you enjoy a spot of bar hopping, as there’s over 40 bars and clubs within a few minutes’ walk of each other around the Silver Street area of the town.
The First Hull Trains team are waiting to welcome you on board… We run regular trains from Hull to Doncaster, calling at Brough, Howden and Selby en route. Plus we offer trains from Doncaster to London, also stopping at Retford and Grantham.
Details of our train times to Doncaster can be found in the Travel Information section of the website. Don’t forget that you can save up to 60% on your train tickets to Doncaster as well as collecting Nectar points by booking on our website.
Doncaster Station information
Take one of our trains to Doncaster and you’ll find that the station is located right in the heart of the town centre.
If you want to hit the shops straight away you can easily head right to the Frenchgate Shopping Centre, which is directly next door to the station. You’re also just a short walk from the bus interchange if you need to continue your journey.
The Customer Service desk is open from 08.30 to 17.00, Monday to Friday, and cycle storage is available on the station forecourt.
The ticket office is open from 05.15 to 21.00, Monday to Friday, 05.15 to 21.00 on Saturday and 07.30 to 21.00 on Sunday.
There are 72 car parking spaces available directly in front of the station. The following charges apply Monday to Friday:
£2 per hour
£5 per day (up to 00.45)
£15 for 24 hours
On weekends, short-stay spaces are available for £1 per half-hour.
Alternatively, rail users can park in the adjacent Frenchgate Shopping Centre car park (please note that separate charges apply).
Taxis are usually available at the taxi rank, located directly outside the station. If you plan to arrive early in the morning or late at night, it is advisable to book your taxi in advance by calling Doncaster Station Taxis on 01302 368 636.
Local buses leave from the Frenchgate Interchange, just outside the train station. A regular bus service to the nearby Robin Hood Airport is available. For timetable information and to plan your onward journey, visit the Travel South Yorkshire website.
See & do
Boston Maize Maze
Boston Park Farm, Hatfield Woodhouse, DN7 6DS
Be sure to take your wellies and waterproofs along when you visit the Boston Maize Maze! Set in rolling farmland on the outskirts of Doncaster, it’s best to go along in summer when the maze is fully grown and open to the public, but you can explore the farm and try feeding the animals all year round.
Castle Hill, Conisbrough, DN12 3BU
It’s well worth taking a short trip outside of Doncaster to visit Conisbrough Castle, one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Yorkshire (there are regular trains from Doncaster to the nearby Conisbrough station). Climb the 12th century keep to take in the fantastic view and then spend some time exploring the ancient castle ruins.
Cusworth, DN5 7TU
The grade 1 listed Cusworth Hall, which sits within acres of picturesque parkland, is certainly Doncaster’s most beautiful spot. Wander the grounds, enjoy the stunning views over the town, stop for lunch at the tea room and then finish your visit at the Museum of South Yorkshire Life, which you’ll find inside the main house.
The Dome Leisure Centre
Doncaster Lakeside, Bawtry Road, DN4 7PD
A trip to Doncaster’s not complete without a visit to this leading sports and entertainment destination. Get your skates on for the Ice Caps, the UK’s only split level ice rink, swim your way through the 7-pool Amazonia Adventure, take in an awesome concert or simply relax in one of the many bars and restaurants.
Church Street, DN1 1RD
Built in 1858 by Sir George Gilbert Scott, who also designed St Pancras Station, the magnificent Minster dominates the Doncaster skyline. A classic example of Victorian Gothic architecture, look out for the incredible organ and intricate stained glass when you visit.
Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery
Chequers Road, DN1 2AE
Explore absorbing collections of archaeological artefacts and fine art at the charming Doncaster Museum. There’s a programme of exciting temporary exhibitions throughout the year, and the building also incorporates The Regimental Museum of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Admission is free.
The Grandstand, Leger Way, DN2 6BB
Nothing beats the excitement of a day at the races… With a range of thrilling flat meetings throughout the year, the historic Doncaster Racecourse is a wonderful place to enjoy a flutter. The St Leger Festival, a four-day event that celebrating the legendary St Leger Stakes, is a particular calendar highlight.
South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum
Airbourne Road, DN4 7FB
With exhibits ranging from aircraft used in Britain’s first ever air show – which was held at the nearby Doncaster Racecourse in 1909 – to modern jets and helicopters, the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum gives you the chance to explore aviation history first-hand. You can even climb into some of the cockpits for yourself!
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Warning Tongue Lane, DN4 6TB
Just a few miles outside of Doncaster town centre is Yorkshire Wildlife Park, where you’re guaranteed to enjoy a fun-filled family day out. Amble through the natural habitats to get up close with incredible exotic animals like super-cute meerkats, lions, tigers, leopards and wallabies, and then take a break in one of the three on-site eateries.
Contact the Tourist Information Centre for more information of visiting Doncaster, or take a look at the Visit Doncaster website.
Tourist Information Centre
The Blue Building
38-40 High Street
Tel: 01302 734309
Based across several of the town’s most beautiful buildings, Doncaster’s markets offer everything from fruit & veg to fine crafts. There are market stands to browse almost every day of the week, but visit on a Tuesday, Friday or Saturday to shop from the full selection of 400 stalls.
Frenchgate Shopping Centre
Serving as the hub of Doncaster’s shopping community for over 40 years now, the Frenchgate Shopping Centre offers 880,000 square feet of high street stores. Take a train to Doncaster and you can get access to the centre directly outside the station.
Bargain hunters will have a ball at Lakeside Village! With savings of up to 60% on big high street names like Next, Adidas and Gap, there’s both an indoor and outdoor play area for the kids to enjoy, as well as a choice cafes and restaurants where you can stop off for a much-needed breather.
Food & Drink
Goose at Doncaster
53-54 Hall Gate, DN1 3PB. Tel: 01302 768749
Serving up all the fantastic British dishes you’d expect from a great quality town centre pub, the staff at the Goose at Doncaster couldn’t be friendlier. You’ll find it’s particularly popular come Friday night, when locals flock there to enjoy a post-work drink or two.
58-59 Hall Gate, DN1 3PB. Tel: 01302 349705
Snack on hamburgers, stone-baked pizzas or salads while you sip an indulgent cocktail at this atmospheric modern bar. This place really comes into its own on weekends, and it’s packed with party people until 2am on Saturdays.
The Opera Restaurant
42-43 Waterdale, DN1 3EY. Tel: 01302 769699
If you’ve a taste for Italian then try this family-run restaurant, which has been serving up the finest pizza and pasta – plus an exciting range of specials – for the last 17 years. Make sure you leave room for one of their famous homemade desserts… Bellissimo!
63 Sprotbrough Road, DN5 8BN. Tel: 01302 782 882
You’ll be spoilt for choice at this excellent Chinese restaurant, where the service is second to none. Offering generous portions at affordable prices, the honey roast pork comes highly recommended.
Lazarus Court, Bradford Row, DN1 1UP. Tel: 01302 768204
The Priory is one of Doncaster’s most popular nightclubs. With three different rooms, each playing a different type of music, this crowd-pleasing venue is a great place to dance the night away.
19 East Laith Gate, DN1 1JG. Tel: 01302 342936
Settle into your booth and choose your favourite from the tempting American-influenced menu, which covers everything from sticky ribs to sizzling fajitas, then hit the bar for a cocktail a two – a great place to start your night out on the town.
32 Hall Gate, DN1 3NL. Tel: 0800 294 9239
This distinctive restaurant offers customers a huge selection of first-rate authentic Indian dishes, served up with panache. Highly-rated by locals, the Taj Mahal also does take away if you’d prefer not to eat in.
8B Nether Hall Road, DN1 2PW. Tel: 01302 340069
Tuck into a delicious Turkish meal at this lively town centre restaurant, renowned for its friendly service. Especially fun if you’re planning a group celebration, booking is advisable on weekends when you can enjoy live music and belly dancing performances as you eat.
8C Nether Hall Road, DN1 2PW. Tel: 01302 768878
Serving traditional Italian fare, this small but perfectly formed restaurant sources its delicious ingredients locally where possible. And, as the name suggests, you’ll be treated to a shot of Sambuca before you leave!
Whether you prefer a cosy B&B or a sleek, modern hotel, Doncaster offers plenty of comfortable options when it comes to spending the night.
Below you’ll find information on just some of the hotels available in Doncaster. From further listings or to book, visit the Hull Trains Superbreaks website.
Best Western Premier Mount Pleasant Hotel
Great North Road, DN11 0HW. Tel: 08457 767676
This beautiful 4-star country hotel is a great option if you’d rather stay outside of Doncaster town centre. From its award-winning landscaped gardens to its wonderful Therapie Health & Wellness Centre, it offers guests plenty of fantastic amenities. If you’re planning a longer break, why not rent one of the eight self-catering cottages on site?
High Street, DN1 1DN. Tel: 01302 342261
The ideal place to stay if you’re taking one of our trains to Doncaster, you’ll find this charming Edwardian hotel is just a short walk from the station. Its 64 cosy en-suite bedrooms range from standard singles right up to luxurious executive suites, and, as it’s so centrally located, it’s great if you want to spend your evening exploring Doncaster’s pubs, clubs and bars.
The Earl of Doncaster Hotel
Bennethorpe, DN2 6AD. Tel: 01302 361371
Whether you’re planning on enjoying a day at the racecourse or whiling away the hours wandering around the town centre, the art deco style Earl of Doncaster Hotel makes a truly unique base for your stay. Recently refurbished to a high standard throughout, there’s a wonderful on-site restaurant serving lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
Holiday Inn Express Doncaster
First Point Business Park, Bullrush Grove, DN4 8SJ. Tel: 01302 314100
Especially well placed for those attending meetings in the First Point Business Park, this modern hotel is also only five miles from the centre of Doncaster. Guests are treated to free on-site parking and Sky TV, and can enjoy a tasty bite to eat at the Great Room Bar & Lounge.
Park Inn by Radisson Doncaster
Decoy Bank South, White Rose Way, DN4 5PD. Tel: 01302 760710
Situated just off the M18 and providing easy access to the A1 and M62, the Park Inn by Radisson is a great base from which to explore the whole Doncaster area. All 85 spacious bedrooms are elegantly designed, and offer a king size bed, flat screen TV, air-conditioning and free WiFi.
Premier Inn Doncaster Central
High Fishergate, DN1 1QZ. Tel: 0871 527 8302
Doncaster’s Premier Inn is located right in the heart of the town centre. After a fun day exploring all the local attractions, you can enjoy a leisurely dinner in the Table Table restaurant, workout at Fitness Flexi gym or simply sink into your extra comfy bed – perfect!
The Regent Hotel
Regent Square, DN1 2DS. Tel: 01302 364180
Set in an appealing park-side location, The Regent Hotel is housed in a beautiful 18th century building. With single and double rooms available, you’re sure to enjoy a comfortable stay at this family-run hotel, which offers a hearty Full English in the morning and complimentary parking.