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Brodsworth Hall and Gardens
Brodsworth Hall stands in 15 acres of landscaped gardens and is located approximately 5 miles (8 kilometres) north west of Doncaster town centre. It was designed by the Italian architect, Chevalier Casentini and has been described as one of Britain's best preserved Victorian country houses. It has remained virtually unchanged since it was built in 1860 and many of its thirty rooms still feature their original furniture. Today, it is owned and managed by English Heritage. Brodsworth Hall and Gardens are open daily (except Mondays) between March and September when they are open between 1pm and 5pm. During October they are only open on Saturday and Sundays between 10am and 4pm. During the period November to February the main hall is closed, except for the servant's wing. This, and the gardens are open on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 4pm. Admission charges for the hall and gardens are: Adults - £8.50 (13 Euros) Children - £4.30 (7 Euros) Concessions - £6.80 (10 Euros) Charges for the gardens only are: Adults - £5.00 (7.5 Euros) Children - £2.50 (3.75 Euros) Concessions - £4.00 (6 Euros) Entry is free for English Heritage members.
Dating from 1725, Wentworth Woodhouse is a large country house that was formerly the family home of the Earl of Malton who later became the Earl of Fittzwilliam. The front of the house measures 180 metres in length and is the longest house in Britain. The house itself is privately owned and is not open to the general public however the grounds are open to the public. In fact Wentworth Woodhouse is actually two different houses joined together by a central courtyard. The smaller house, known as the West Wing, was the original house and contains over 150 different rooms. The larger house, known as the East Front, is almost double the size of its companion. It is thought that this second house was probably built in response to other family members who had recently rebuilt the nearby Wentworth Castle, there had been intense family feuding between the two owners of these estates so the building of the second house in the early 1800's would have been a show of strength. The grounds of Wentworth Woodhouse cover over 150 acres and are known as Wentworth Park. Within this park there are several landscaped gardens including a Japanese Garden and an Informal Garden. There is also woodland, ponds and lakes. Entry to park is free and it is open at all times. Parking is possible just outside the main entrance and parking is also free.
The Stag is a CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) approved pub. It is family run and serves food as well as Real Ales and other drinks. On a Sunday evening there is a quiz. Food is served daily at the following times: Monday to Friday - from 12 midday until 2pm and from 6pm until 9pm Saturday - 12 miiday until 9pm Sunday - 12 midday until 4pm The opening hours of the Stag are daily Monday until Saturday from 11.30am until 11pm and from 12 midday until 10.30pm on Sundays.
Conisbrough Castle is thought to have been built in the year 1070 for Earl William, the son-in-law of William the Conqueror, who became King William 1. Earl William had supported his father-in-law during the battle of 1066 and it is said that Conisbrough Castle was therefore given to him as a gift. Steeped in history, the Castle was used as the setting for Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. The majority of the Castle today is little more than ruins, but the Keep is still very well preserved. This Keep was restored in 1994 when a new wooden roof was installed and two new floors were built. Conisbrough Castle is managed by the Ivanhoe Trust on behalf of English Heritage and Doncaster Metropolitan Council. Conisbrough Castle is open daily throughout the year. From October through to March it is open from 10am until 4pm and from April through to September it is open from 10am until 5pm. Admission charges are: Adults - £4.00 (6 Euros) Children - £2.15 (4.5 Euros) Concessions - £2.75 (4 Euros) Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) - £10.00 Children under 6 and English Heritage members - Free
Don Valley Stadium
The Don Valley Leisure Complex is one of the largest sports venues in the UK. It was built in 1990 at a cost of £29 million (44 million Euros). It has a capacity of over 25,000 people and plays hosts to major music concerts and sporting events. The Don Valley was the first completely new sports stadium to be built in the UK since the 1920s, when Wembley Stadium was built in London. It is open from 7am until 9pm Monday to Friday and 9am until 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The stadium is easily accessible by bus and tram. Facilities include ample parking and disabled access.