One half of TheBigForest spent two days in Doncaster, Yorkshire last week. I only had an hour to explore so I’m sure there is much more to see.
- Historic town originally a coaching stop on The Great North Road.
- Interesting architecture. Much better for not being over ‘regenerated’ or gentrified.
- The minster church. Rebuilt in the 1850’s after a fire destroyed the original medieval building and lots of interest to see. Smiley ladies welcome you to the church.
- The Premier Inn, High Fishergate. A budget hotel which gets in right. This seems scarcely possible but I was impressed. Clean room, friendly staff, 30 mins free Wi-Fi, lovely breakfast with crumpets and granola if you wanted them.
- Spotlessly clean, huge, underground travel interchange. There are so many dirty smelly bus stations this really deserves a mention although it might seem rather odd to our overseas readers.
- Huge area of indoor and outside markets. Apparently these are open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and include food and general goods. I’ll try and time my next visit so I can review the markets!
Not so good?
- Couldn’t find anywhere nice to eat in the evenings – although a Polish café by the Corn Exchange looked interesting. I circled the centre of town twice and then gave up and went to the hotel. Maybe there is a restaurant district but the locals seemed a little surprised by someone wanting to eat out in central Doncaster.
- Not a tourist destination – but then it doesn’t pretend to be so no problem there. Regular readers know we have strong Yorkshire connections so we are always a bit biased in favour of the county!
It’s interesting how we often hold a contradictory opinion of our home town. My first tweet praising the brilliant architecture got a tweet in reply
“Well,@thebigforestuk says brilliant. I say dilapidated. #Doncaster
A second tweet celebrating my pleasure at going home and leaving Doncaster got a reply too