Doncaster Racecourse in Yorkshire, UK, makes a wildly fun day out, but where to rest your head afterwards? Here’s our guide to hotels, B&Bs and pubs in the local area, bookable on Culture Trip.
As one of the oldest race tracks in the UK, with records of races going back as far as the 16th century, Doncaster Racecourse is a British institution and one of the best places in the country to enjoy a race day. Hosting 36 race fixtures a year, there’s ample opportunity to visit one of Yorkshire’s best-loved sporting venues and enjoy the wide variety of local places to stay, from good old pubs to fancy period properties.
Open since 1954, this stalwart of Doncaster accommodation has been providing a warm reception for guests for generations. Just 500m from Doncaster Racecourse, it’s ideally located for race day. The Art Deco exterior and interiors are fantastic, while the hotel offers a range of rooms and suites. There’s also a great restaurant serving mouth-watering steaks, and a cafe to enjoy a grand afternoon tea. A gorgeous ballroom is available to hire for large-scale events, if you’re celebrating something special.
This row of 17th-century townhouses has been lovingly converted into a sweet, family-run hotel, which has been welcoming guests for the past 80 years. As well as hosting you in comfort, there are fun events put on throughout the year – from psychic evenings to gin tasting, live music to dining – so ask what’s on their calendar when you’re booking. You’ll be well-fed regardless at The Regent Bar and Grill, the in-house restaurant that’s popular with locals and guests alike, particularly for the Sunday carvery. And it’s all just a few minutes away from Doncaster racecourse.
A traditional pub with a modern spin, The Wheatley Hotel is home to a bar downstairs and eight newly refurbished rooms upstairs. The rooms are light and airy while being welcoming and cosy, with pastel textiles and crisp interiors. Downstairs, the pub’s bar serves the best of British pub food (the burgers are irresistible) and hosts live music, darts and sporting events. Doncaster Racecourse is just 10 minutes away in the car.
Owston Hall is a sprawling stately country manor that’s now a sophisticated hotel, with an impressive history that goes back 1,000 years. The current building dates back to the 18th century and sets the scene for a sumptuous stay in its grand rooms. It’s bolstered by a delicious pizza and grill menu in the restaurant, alongside an in-house spa with an indoor pool, jacuzzi and spa treatment menu.
This charming B&B has been fashioned from an old, renovated farmhouse. There are six homely, welcoming rooms and suites to choose from, all of which have been awarded the Green Tourism silver award for their efforts in sustainable, environmentally friendly tourism. This means sourcing local catering, planting new trees on their grounds and switching to green electricity suppliers and bulbs. You’ll get even more peace of mind knowing that the racecourse is just 15 minutes down the road by car.
This Victorian stately home, on a huge 250-acre (100ha) estate, is one of Yorkshire’s finest period property hotels. Rossington Hall is like something from a movie, with plush corridors leading to decadent luxurious rooms of floral Victorian-style wallpaper, cushioned headboards, chandeliers and standalone baths. To add the fanciest of final touches, the dining hall delivers a silver-service dinner. Don’t miss the lobster and scallops.
If you love to be in the thick of it, this simple, modern accommodation in central downtown Doncaster ticks the boxes. Choose between one of these six handy rooms or apartments, all with either a bath or shower en suite, for an incredibly snug, cosy and well-located stay in the heart of vibrant Doncaster.
On the high street of the pretty village of Arksey, a short drive from Doncaster Racecourse, this traditional inn is beloved for its old-school pub food (ham, egg and chips, anyone?), offered by a warm, open fireplace that’s perfect for nursing a pint of ale. The rooms upstairs are well designed and well kept, and there’s a sheltered garden for when the sun comes out.
While you’re in Doncaster, why not extend your holiday by staying at one of the best hotels near the Yorkshire Wildlife Park? They’re all bookable through Culture Trip. Keep the whole family busy with these best things to do with kids in Yorkshire.
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