With over 400 different animals to spot, Yorkshire Wildlife Park makes for a brilliant day out. Explore its spacious grounds before retiring to one of these family-friendly hotels in and around Doncaster.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park provides refuge for some of the world’s most beautiful and endangered animals. It started as a farm and riding school before being transformed into a wildlife park in 2009. Now it’s home to over 70 species ranging from polar bears and tigers to leopards and rhinos. Get up close and personal with a meerkat, feed the lions or let the kids try out their own monkey skills in the multitude of playgrounds. Then, head to one of these nearby hotels for a sloth-like slumber, bookable with Culture Trip.
Set in spacious parkland, complete with babbling brook, this countryside hotel with spa is just a five-minute drive from Yorkshire Wildlife Park. The menu at the AA-Rosette garden restaurant is a crowd-pleasing affair, with classic pies and artisan pizzas through to dressed Flamborough crab. The family rooms are palatial – with a double and two singles – but it’s the plush spa suites with saunas and air pool baths that really steal the show.
For a time, historic Rogerthorpe Manor was a members-only country club. Now it has loosened its entry requirements, yet it retains its rarified charm. Bedrooms and spacious suites exude modern comfort, whilst the onsite Jacobean pub serves up comforting classics, like beer-battered fish and chips. Families are also well catered for – wooden swings dangle from trees in the garden, children’s teepees can be booked for a bedroom camp out and the Yorkshire Wildlife Park is just a 30-minute drive away.
Embrace the spirit of the Roaring Twenties at this art deco hotel, close to Doncaster town centre. Behind the monochrome exterior, there are 78 individually designed rooms, ranging from standard doubles with baroque wallpaper and gilded headboards to contemporary family rooms, with two pull-out beds. The decadent onsite restaurant – complete with baby grand piano, sunburst chandeliers and curved cocktail bar – makes a fun spot for dinner or afternoon tea. The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a 15-minute drive or 30-minute bus ride away.
The Crown sits on the affable high street of Bawtry, a pretty market town just a 15-minute drive south of the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Originally an 18th-century coaching inn, the bedrooms are now modern sanctuaries with heavy curtains and deep maroon soft furnishings. Downstairs there’s a grill restaurant with a terrace as well as a bar. In a hurry? Pop into the café for a Yorkshire pudding roast wrap and a hot brew to go.
Swathes of Yorkshire countryside wrap around this 17th-century country house hotel. Beyond its elegant, well-proportioned rooms, Owston Hall is home to an 18-hole championship golf course, as well as a bright, modern conservatory restaurant serving seasonal classics. When you’re ready for some adult-only time, escape to the spa for a full body massage. You’re around 15mi (24km) northeast of the Yorkshire Wildlife Park here with easy access to the A1.
18th-century architecture is coupled with modern, unfussy comfort at the Regent, an affordable stay, close to Doncaster town centre. Rooms range from cosy doubles to elegant queens, some overlooking the tree-lined square. Family rooms will easily fit parents and two children. It’s an easy ten-minute walk to the trendy Wool Market for wood-fired pizzas and cocktails, whilst Yorkshire Wildlife Park is under 20-minutes by car.
Fancy combining a trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park with the races? This Hilton property sits just beside Doncaster Racecourse. Book a family room with a queen bed and sofa bed for kids; some boast cracking views over the racecourse. Blackout curtains in every room promise a good night’s sleep. Squeeze in an early morning workout at the gym before breakfast. Bonus: pets are just as welcome here as their owners.
Whether it’s the county’s greenery or rich history that appeals to you most, there’s something for everyone. Discover the best parks and other things to do around Yorkshire. For those opting for a city escape, see the best holiday apartments and budget-friendly hotels in Leeds, now bookable via Culture Trip. For more options, discover our guide to the best boutique hotels in Yorkshire.
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