Minster Church of Saint George, Doncaster

Minster Church of Saint George, Doncaster

Minster Church of Saint George, Doncaster
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10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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The Minster Church of Saint George, Doncaster stands at the heart of the city of Doncaster, where a church has stood for over 8 centuries. The present church was built to the designs of George Gilbert Scott between 1854-1858, after the mediaeval church was destroyed by fire in 1853. It was described by Sir John Betjeman as "Victorian Gothic at its very best" Situated on the site of the Roman fort of Danum, a section of the Roman wall can be viewed in the grounds of the Minster. The Minster is richly decorated outside and inside with stone carvings and their is a magnificent reredos at the High Altar. Do not miss the first-class stained-glass windows and the wonderful Schulze organ on your visit.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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J P M
Lytham St Anne's, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Like so many, I visited from far away solely to see and hear the wonderful 5-manual Schulze organ. I arrived early and had a good look round the Minster. Earlier in the day I had visited Wakefield Cathedral and, whilst an impressive building, Doncaster Minster is not in quite such immaculate condition - and the interior not as well cleaned - as are most of our cathedrals, presumably due to the different financial arrangements that apply in the case of the cathedrals (the Minster is not a cathedral, of course). That said, it is an architectural gem, without doubt. I arrived very early so was able to hear the organist practising and playing extracts repeatedly in order to find his preferred registrations. I found this fascinating. The organ is largely uncased, so no monumental organ-case on display here, just a single display of painted pipes. The bulk of the organ is visible in its gallery from the quire area. I wonder if the fact that the pipework is so open to the church helps with the egress of sound. The instrument produces some gorgeous sounds and is capable of immense power too. The full organ sound is overwhelmingly impressive. To be honest I enjoyed the pre-performance playing more than the recital itself ... the organist was not quite of the highest concert standard but the programme was well-chosen and allowed the organist to show off the great Schulze in a variety of musical styles. One thing - the Minister is not a colossal building as are many of our cathedrals so there is little reverberation. That means that every note is audible, but a little grandeur is lost when the sound does not sustain for a second or two as it might in a larger building. Well worth a visit. I will try to visit again. I hope that the Minster is able to ensure that its treasured Schulze organ is preserved and maintained in good order for future generations to enjoy.
Written 28 February 2024
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Travelling bears
Doncaster, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We attend Saturday 27th of May to watch the London film Orchestra play music by John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Who knew a church could be such a perfect venue for a concert! We arrived 30 mins before the start, was greeted and shown to our seats, there was a bar at the back to get refreshments from and toilets if needed. The music was amazing and honestly it was one of the best evenings me and fella have had in a long time, it had been a warm spring day and I was worried it be a packed venue warm and sticky, but the venue was very cool and breezy! The place was covered in candles and was very romantic!
Written 29 May 2023
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jenkodonny
Doncaster, UK320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Attended the DN Light Show in Doncaster St Georges Minster last night. This is a free event sponsered by the Council.
Well worth the visit, must be pre-booked though. There was also a 2nd free show of 15 minutes on the walls of the Corn Exchange Market place building.
Again well worth a visit but this is not booked beforehand.
Written 19 November 2022
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freddiedoncaster
Stockton-on-Tees, UK2,592 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Such a wonderful church that sits so proud very close to Doncaster town centre.
It’s fabulous inside and out, and certainly worth a visit whenever you’re in Doncaster.
Written 29 August 2021
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Bernard
London, UK237 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Do not understand why the church was locked in the afternoon - only open for a few hours in the morning. When I walked past I found a young lady kneeling outside the grill door, deep in prayer - not a good sight when places of faith are not open in troubled times.
Written 24 July 2021
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David J Dade
London, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Solo
This grade 1 listed building is both serene and welcoming, the staff were very helpful and well versed in the history.
Do visit and make your own mind up about this place of worship, near the town centre and the river Don.
Written 25 May 2021
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alexadams62
Middlesbrough, UK299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
My friends and I went into this church while we were in Doncaster. This church is very interesting to visit while in Doncaster and we learnt the history of it and what happened to it when it was on fire and how the people of Doncaster help pay to rebuild it. It is good to try when you are in Doncaster.
Written 8 March 2020
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jules
Doncaster, UK71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
I came here on a cold night. After seeing it advertised on my local tv news. I love to see it all lit up outside, so it made a nice change to see how it would look all lit up inside. It certainly didn’t disappoint. The people around the building were very friendly and the lighting event was fab. Plus on my way home I managed to see the Mansion house lit up outside too. Looking equally as good.
Written 30 November 2019
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We are pleased that you enjoyed the Festival of Light at the Minster this year, which was brought to us by the arts group ‘Right Up Our Street’. This year Right Up Our Street commissioned Novak Collective and sound artist Ed Carter to create the artwork 'Tectonic', which formed the centrepiece of the Festival. The work was commissioned as a unique, immersive, light and sound installation, which, through projection mapping technology, highlighted the beautiful interior of the Doncaster Minster and appeared to 'play' the architecture like a musical instrument telling the story of the destruction of the old church in 1853 and its rebirth as the present building, under the guiding hand of George Gilbert Scott.
Written 3 December 2019
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jenkodonny
Doncaster, UK320 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
A Festival of Light was held at Doncaster St George's Minster. 30 minutes lighting up the inside of the Minster building. Free to enter. Lighting also partly outside on a murky November evening.
The spectacular event was truly amazing to see.
Written 24 November 2019
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The internal event at the Minster: Tectonic - continues Monday 25th - Wednesday 27th November from 4pm - 9pm. An incredible piece of art in sound and light - not to be missed!
Written 25 November 2019
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eillamo
Canberra, Australia582 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Rebuilt on the site of the ancient Saxon church, the medieval 12 century church was burned down in 1853 but this is a creation by Sir George Gilbert Scott and was given Minster status in 2004. I found it hard to get to across a very busy road. In thr grounds is a topiary of St George slaying the Dragon. Being there during the week there weren't any services at convenient time but the vergers were very welcoming and pointed out many features.
Written 12 November 2019
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We are pleased that you found a welcoming church and enjoyed your visit. There is a very convenient Pelican crossing from the town centre to the Minster with a central reservation for safety. Unfortunately, the George and Dragon topiary feature was removed a few years ago and is no longer available. There is Morning Prayer daily Monday - Saturday at 8am and Evening Prayer Monday - Friday at 5pm; Holy Communion on Tuesday at 12.30pm; Wednesday at 12.30pm and Thursday at 11am. For all services including Sundays and other events see our website or call 01302 323748.
Written 25 November 2019
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