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Living And Working In Doncaster

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 proudly received its city status on November 1st 2022 and the city was visited by Their Majesties The King and Queen Consort, shortly after.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
September 20, 2023

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 proudly received its city status on November 1st 2022 and the city was visited by Their Majesties The King and Queen Consort, shortly after.

Sadly, the local airport closed down towards the end of last year but Leeds Bradford Airport is only a little over thirty miles away. A  direct 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 easy. 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, technology, creative and digital, logistics and rail. Many successful and well known companies have set up home here, having been attracted by the prosperous and dynamic area which is brimming with local expertise.

The vibrant economy is worth billions of pounds and supports thousands of businesses and the city is recognised as one of the UK’s centres of manufacturing excellence and has global recognition.

Doncaster College is the largest provider of Apprenticeships and Further Education courses in the region and has recently won several awards. It is also one of the largest providers for Higher Education with a University Campus in the heart of the community.

Doncaster is within easy reach of main towns and cities such as 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 entertain you with a host of shopping and eating out 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.

Doncaster is an exceptional place to live and work. Its affordable cost of living ensures financial stability while a diverse jobs market offers fantastic employment opportunities. Welcoming communities further enhance its appeal, making Doncaster a smart choice to call your home.

Looking for a Career in Doncaster? We are hosting a careers fair at the Eco-Power Stadium on Thursday 21st September, 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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