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The Red Lion, Doncaster

Doncaster is an historic market town with a rich horseracing and railway culture. It was founded by the Romans in AD 71, because of its strategic position on the River Don. Doncaster has now become the heart of a vast metropolitan area, comprising green open spaces, nature reserves, ancient villages and Norman castles. There is something for everyone here, whether a day at the races, a trip to the famous market or a night on the town.

From £62.50 per night


01302 732123


37-38 Market Place, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, DN1 1NH


Here at The Red Lion, our 14 rooms have Freeview television, unlimited free Wi-Fi and tea- and coffee-making facilities. A warm and inviting pub steeped in history makes The Red Lion a perfect stay for families, business and leisure. Breakfast is available for an additional cost, from 7am, in the adjacent pub.

  • room_service24-hour reception
  • showerBath and shower
  • child_friendlyChildren welcome
  • waterComplimentary water
  • showerEn suite
  • more_timeExpress check-out
  • family_restroomFamily rooms
  • live_tvFreeview TV
  • local_cafeTea and coffee facilities
  • wifiUnlimited free Wi-Fi
  • person_offUnmanned reception
Aerial view of the Doncaster Racecourse in South Yorkshire

Local attractions

Doncaster Racecourse

Records of regular race meetings date from the 16th century, making this one of the oldest-established centres for horse-racing in Britain. The highlight of the year for Doncaster Races is the St Leger festival – the oldest of the five ‘classics’ in Britain. The name, St Leger, was proposed in The Red Lion by the Marquis of Rockingham, in the 18th century. For more information: 

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

The park is a great day out for all the family, offering a unique view into the animals’ life and walkthrough areas, including Lemur Woods, Wallaby Walkabout, South America Viva and Leopard Heights. For more information:

Local transport

There are excellent train links, so you can travel to Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and London. There are also regular bus services to Rotherham and Sheffield. Local taxis are available.


There are numerous pay-and-display car parks within five minutes’ walk of the hotel, offering both long- and short-term stays. For more details, contact the hotel.


Walking from the train station, cross Trafford Way and head down West Laith Gate. Follow this onto St Sepulchre Gate; as you follow this down, it will become Baxter Gate. Head towards the market, following Baxter Gate, bearing right at the start of the market and following the shopfronts up to The Red Lion, which will be on your right.

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Non-refundable advance purchase rates, available to book direct on the telephone, this website and our app.

Unwind at our authentic Wetherspoon pubs

Every hotel is also attached to a Wetherspoon pub, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, including club deals (such as Curry Club® and Steak Club®) and a range of hot, soft and alcoholic drinks, all conveniently located for hotel guests to enjoy during their stay with us.

Dining tables and chairs next to fireplace at The Red Lion pub

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