The Frenchgate Centre has been the heart of Doncaster for over 40 years, and was originally called the Arndale Centre after its creators, but was renamed in 1988 after a change of ownership, when it became know as Frenchgate, after one of the old gates of medieval Doncaster and the street which passes to the east of the centre.
At the start of the decade the centre underwent a £200 million facelift to transform it into the country’s first shopping centre with integrated public transport and retail interchange facility. Shortly after the refurbishment was opened to the public in June 2006, it was bought by its current owner who is continuing to invest in the property, improving upon facilities and its function within the community.
Our Christmas trading hours are as follows:
10th November - 14th December:
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat: 9am - 5.30pm
Thursday late night shopping: 9am - 8pm
Sun: 10am - 4pm
15th December - 23rd December:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm
Sat: 9am - 6pm
Sun: 10am - 4pm
Christmas Eve: 9am - 5.30pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day: 10am - 4pm
27th - 30th December: Standard opening hours
New Year's Eve: 9am - 5.30pm
New Year's Day*: CLOSED
*Selected stores may be open. Please enquire direct with the store for more details.
**Individual store opening hours may vary. Please check in store for further details
We have over 1200 car parking spaces at Frenchgate and our new multi-storey car park, which was recently awarded the Park Mark safety award, is the most convenient place to park in Doncaster town centre. We have a total of 69 spaces for disabled drivers with blue badges; 48 in the multi-storey car park and 21 in the rooftop car park.
Long stay parking is available for rail users. Long stay customers must enter through the rail entrance, which is clearly signed to receive the discounted price.