Behind the scenes at historic gem

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Doncaster’s historic Mansion House will be opening its doors to the public today between 10am and 2pm, with a team of volunteers on hand to show people round and talk about its distinguished past.

The decision to open up the Mansion House for more public events follows the opening of Doncaster Council’s new Civic Office and the transfer of council meetings to its new council chamber.

Mayor Peter Davies, said: “The Mansion House is one of Doncaster’s most treasured assets. Since the gates recently opened, visitors from all corners of the world have popped in to look round and learn about more than 250 years of history.

“It is a wonderful building, with splendid architecture and fascinating stories. I urge people to go along and see it for themselves.”

Open days will be held on a regular basis and an events programme including more of the popular afternoon teas and special events like music evenings is being worked on.

People can also book tours, lunches and hire rooms at the Mansion House for events. For more information, contact Paul Marelli on 01302 734032.

In the longer term, the council is looking to promote the Mansion House to tourists on coach party tours and as the perfect place for corporate hospitality. It is one of just three which remain in the country.