Doncaster: New City, New Vision

Since its founding in the first century CE, Doncaster has been a cornerstone of British history. Fortified by the Romans for its position on the River Don, the town’s geography inspired the rail and coal industries which were key to its importance in industrialised England.

After 828 years as a town, Doncaster was announced to have succeeded in its bid to gain city status on 20 May 2022 as part of the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The city status applies to the whole metropolitan borough rather than just the built-up area of Doncaster. Doncaster formally received the letters patent and became a city when a ceremony took place on 9 November 2022 as part of a royal visit by King Charles III.

As a new city, we are thinking about what that really means in the 21st century, and how we can make things better in Doncaster, both now and in the future, for all our 308,000 residents in all their diversity of location, characteristics and need.