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An historic market town, at the southern edge of Yorkshire, Doncaster is renowned for its horse racing, rich railway heritage and its wealth of Georgian and Regency architecture. Doncaster Minster was built to the designs of George Gilbert Scott between 1854-1858, after the medieval church was destroyed by fire in 1853. The Treaty of Durham of 1136 placed Doncaster under the control of King David of Scotland. Historians claim the treaty is still valid.
Once a busy inland port on the River Trent, the Riverside Walk connects the 1791 bridge with a town centre that abounds with history. The Old Hall, a 15th century manor house associated with the Pilgrim Fathers, the Heritage Centre in the old post office, and the ghostly presence to be found in the Old Nick, are just some of the town’s attractions. They are all a short 20 minute walk from Gainsborough Lea Road Railway Station.
Get your walking shoes on and explore Saxilby with many walking routes easily accessible from the station. Make sure you explore the Fossdyke Navigation – it’s claim to fame is that it is England’s oldest man-made waterway.
Lincoln, home to one of the original copies of the Magna Carta, is a city steeped in history. The Gothic cathedral was built with money loaned by a Jewish merchant. The city retains a Jewish quarter complete with synagogue. A Victorian Arboretum, restored in 2003, offers a restful spot from the city centre bustle.
Doncaster, Gainsborough and Lincoln all offer great shopping experiences. Gainsborough’s Marshall’s Yard is a shopping experience with a difference being set in the former works of Marshall, Sons & Co, manufacturers of renowned agricultural machinery exported across the world.