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Sightseeing in Yorkshire

South Yorkshire is right in the heart of the UK and sits on the edge of the stunning Peak District

Sightseeing in South Yorkshire really does offer something for everyone with many attractions just a short journey away from your luxury hotel room at Doncaster’s Best Western Premier Mount Pleasant Hotel. Whether you enjoy historical homes and gardens, seeking out wildlife or a round of golf – you will be right at home amongst South Yorkshire’s varied and exciting attractions.


Nature

Nature lovers will find some real gems in South Yorkshire. The Peak District covers over 500 square miles and is easily reached from the main cities in South Yorkshire. There are also some smaller attractions perfect for family fun or a romantic day out.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster

Yorkshire's most exciting new attraction; the Yorkshire Wildlife Park is no ordinary wildlife park - take a walk on the wild side, right amongst the animals!

Yorkshire Wildlife Park website
Distance from the Best Western Mount Pleasant Hotel - 10 Minutes

RSPB Old Moor Wetlands - Dearne Valley

Situated right at the heart of the Dearne Valley, Old Moor is a wonderful place to come and watch wildlife. The skies, fields and open water are teeming with birds throughout the year.

In the summer the grasslands are ablaze with butterflies and orchids, and you’ll be able to see newly-hatched ducklings. In winter the reserve is an important stopping-off point for ducks, geese and swans – plus 8,000 golden plovers!

There are lots of events, guided walks and family activities, as well as home-cooked food in the Gannets Café and a well-stocked shop. The reserve is a great day out for young and old alike.

Old Moor Wetland website
Distance from the Best Western Mount Pleasant Hotel - 30 minutes

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Dating back nearly 200 years, the majestic Botanical Gardens are a haven for visitors looking to relax in tranquil surroundings. The Grade II listed Glass Pavilions are home to plants from all over the world and you can enjoy woodland and rock-and-water plantings across the 19 acres of Gardens.

Sheffield Botanical Gardens website
Distance from the Best Western Mount Pleasant Hotel - 45 minutes.

Rother Valley Country Park

Wildlife enthusiasts will find plenty to see and do at Rother Valley Country Park. Wildlife thrives across four major habitats of woodland, wetland, grassland and hedgerows which are home to over 226 species of birds. If you want to keep active on your trip then try a bike ride around the park’s four main lakes or you can even experience the water much closer with the activities on offer at the Watersports Centre.

Rother Valley Country Park website
Distance from the Best Western Mount Pleasant Hotel – 30 minutes.

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre

You can get up close with a whole array of animals at the Tropical Butterfly House including, butterflies, goats, peacocks and marmoset monkeys. With regular activities and events, the Tropical Butterfly House is a great place to try something new and learn a thing or two about exotic (and local) animals and birds

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre website
Distance from the Best Western Mount Pleasant Hotel – 30 minutes.


Sport

South Yorkshire is home to a whole range of sports including Doncaster’s football team, Doncaster Rovers. Regular world-class sporting events take place at the nearby Don Valley Stadium and the Hallam Arena. There are also many other fantastic attractions that sports enthusiasts will love.

Doncaster Racecourse

Doncaster Racecourse is one of the most prestigious and well known race courses in the country. Take in the atmosphere and excitement as you have a flutter and keep your fingers crossed as your horse charges around the impressive course.

Doncaster Racecourse website
Distance from the Best Western Mount Pleasant Hotel – 10 minutes.

Xscape

When here you will find the country’s biggest REAL snow slope, 2 rock climbing walls, an aerial assault course, indoor skateboard park, 4D golf course, Laserzone, bowling, adventure golf course, multiplex cinema, 17 bars and restaurants and 10 urban retail outlets all under one roof!

Plus – with free family entertainment every school holiday, Xscape Yorkshire really is the ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATION in Yorkshire

Xscape website
Distance from the Best Western Mount Pleasant Hotel – 35 minutes.

Doncaster Dome

Doncaster Dome is one of the top 5 UK sporting attractions and is home to over 50 different sports and activities. Sports include everything from ice skating and rock climbing to table tennis and fitness classes and everything in between. There are also a massive seven swimming pools to choose from including outdoor water rapids.

Doncaster Dome website
Distance from the Best Western Mount Pleasant Hotel – 6 minutes.


Culture and Nightlife


As well as a huge selection of bars and night clubs, South Yorkshire is also home to some unique venues which provide world-class entertainment.

Sheffield Arena

All the big names in rock, pop and entertainment have performed at the Sheffield Arena. Acts have included Coldplay, Bryan Adams and McFly as well as great entertainment for the family such as Disney on Ice.

Sheffield Arena website
Distance from the Best Western Mount Pleasant Hotel – 20 minutes.

Valley Centertainment

The Valley Centertainment complex is one of the best places to enjoy bowling, the latest films at Cineworld and a huge variety of bars and restaurants, all within a few moments walk of each other.

Valley Centertainment website
Distance from the Best Western Mount Pleasant Hotel – 20 minutes.

Sheffield Theatres

Sheffield Theatres comprises of the Crucible, the Studio and the Lyceum theatres and together they make up the largest regional theatre complex outside of London. Touring production of classic musical shows such as Joseph, Evita and Chicago regularly feature at the Lyceum. The Crucible and Studio are usually home to Sheffield Theatres own products and of course the Snooker World Championships every April.
Sheffield Theatres website
Distance from the Best Western Mount Pleasant Hotel – 40 minutes.


Historical Sights


If you love stately homes, museums and castles then South Yorkshire is the place to be as there are literally so many cultural attractions to see your itinerary will be packed. Check out the selection below which are all close to your accommodation.

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Brodsworth Hall houses over 150 years of history in its elegant rooms containing Victorian family portraits and silverware. The Italianate architecture and style of the house complements the stunning gardens which have been restored to their original Victorian beauty.

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens website
Distance from the Best Western Mount Pleasant Hotel – 25 minutes.

Conisborough Castle

This striking 12th Century castle is the perfect place to discover history and adventure. It’s the only castle in the whole of England built in magnesium limestone and was an inspiration for Sir Walter Scott’s rousing adventure novel, Ivanhoe.

Conisborough Castle website
Distance from the Best Western Mount Pleasant Hotel – 20 minutes.

Roche Abbey

The ancient Roche Abbey was founded in 1147 and is one of the most complete ground plans of any English Cistercian monastery. Take in the foundation plan of the abbey from a picturesque cliff path walk which runs alongside the ruins.

Roche Abbey website
Distance from the Best Western Mount Pleasant Hotel – 20 minutes.