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Living And Working In Doncaster

Joanna Clare

Doncaster, situated in south Yorkshire was a town until very recently when it was granted city status as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations. It will formally receive its city status later on in the year which is hugely exciting so up until then, it is still officially a town.

Doncaster is considered a fairly large minster town and is a little over 43 square kilometres.

The nearest airport is Doncaster/Sheffield Airport which incidentally has been named as the best airport in Britain. A  journey of less than two hours by rail will get you to London, making it a popular choice for commuting. As it is situated in the midst of a network of motorways, driving in any direction is effortless. In fact, Doncaster is often described as one of the best connected places within the UK.

Doncaster’s long and interesting history started in the Roman times and began to grow from there. By the 1700’s, Doncaster was known as a coaching town due to the volume of stagecoaches passing through and by the next century, as well as being dominated by mining and the engineering industry, the Great Northern Railway had relocated its engine works to here which became a major employer. The famous Mallard engine was built here and made its debut in 1938. It is now housed at the National Railway Museum in York.

Doncaster is held in great esteem for its excellent reputation within certain sectors such as aviation and advanced manufacturing, engineering, logistics, creative, rail and retail . Many successful and well known global companies have set up home here, having been attracted by the thriving commercial area. The vibrant economy is worth billions of pounds and supports thousands of businesses.

Doncaster is within easy reach of York, Sheffield and Leeds and is only forty miles from the sea. Millions of pounds has been invested into transforming the city centre and the quality of life here is fantastic with green spaces seemingly at every turn.

The grade 1 listed Minster dates back from the 11th century and sits in part of the St George’s Conservation Area. A few of the other many other top places to visit are The Yorkshire Wildlife Park where you can see some fascinating at risk species as well as over seventy different types of animal, Cusworth Hall which is set in magnificent parkland and of course the well known racecourse which is one of the oldest in Britain.

Doncaster can expertly entertain you with a host of shopping experiences so make sure you visit the Frenchgate Centre and Lakeside Village as well as the myriad of cafes and restaurants that are available. Nightlife is spectacular with everything from historic pubs to award winning cocktail bars.

House prices here average at around £175,000 and are predicted to rise because of the city status, according to experts. With employment prospects soaring and the population increasing, this is deemed as a good time for investment.

Looking for a Career in Doncaster? We are hosting a careers fair at theEco-Power Stadium on Thursday 25th August, between the times of 10am-2pm. Ours event are completely free for jobseekers and are a great way to meet hiring companies around the city. Find out more here!

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