New job? Coming to study? Whatever your reason for relocating to Doncaster here’s our guide to making your move as smooth as possible.
Doncaster hasn’t always had the best press – but we think it’s a great place to live. Well connected, fantastic countryside on your doorstep but all the benefits of a large town.
Doncaster dates back to at least Roman times and with its prime location on the main east road between London and Scotland it has always been an important trading settlement.
In the last century it was at the heart of the Yorkshire coal mining industry. Now it’s a major distribution centre with household names like B&Q, Amazon and IKEA choosing to locate major warehouse centres here.
Doncaster and its surrounding villages really do have it all when it comes to finding a place to live. From Georgian townhouses to modern family homes there’s a great choice. Property is very affordable compared to the UK average although prices have risen steadily in recent years.
Check out our guide to property in Doncaster here.
Doncaster has a local bus network which connects the centre with the outlying villages and suburbs. But for most people a car is generally the best way of getting around the area. The town centre does get congested at peak times so bear this in mind if you are planning to commute.
When it comes to travelling further, Doncaster could hardly be better.
The A1M is on your doorstep with fast road access to Scotland and London – and everywhere in between. The East Coast mainline provides speedy trains into London Kings Cross while local trains connect you to nearby Sheffield, Hull and other Yorkshire centres.
Doncaster Sheffield airport will take you to all your favourite holiday destinations and there are also regular flights to Paris, Amsterdam and Eastern Europe.
Doncaster has some great public and private schools. The webpage below will provide you with the government’s league table for all schools in the district according to age group.
Sports enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy. Doncaster Racecourse is one of the most prestigious in the country. Home to the world’s oldest classic, the St Leger, it also hosts jump racing through the winter. Our football team, Doncaster Rovers, may not be the biggest, but they have an enthusiastic and loyal fan base.
If you love to shop Doncaster Market is a fantastic traditional market with some 400 shops, stalls and stands. The town centre has a range of your favourite high street names plus independent stores. And the Meadowhall Shopping Centre is just 30 minutes away.
For arts lovers, Cast is a modern, purpose-built theatre and performance centre putting on an eclectic range of shows.
Then there’s the stunning countryside with woods, lakes and historic buildings such as Conisbrough Castle to explore.
Moving to a new location can be daunting – especially if you don’t have family to advise you on trusted tradespeople. So if you want some advice local businesses who we can personally recommend to help you get settled in your new home, just give us a buzz.