Ashworth Barracks Museum tells the stories of some of the soldiers awarded the Victoria Cross since its inauguration by Queen Victoria in 1856. These are tales of heroism, from those awarded for bravery in the Zulu War through both world wars to present day Afghanistan. Not all are ‘combat’ VCs; come and hear about William Coultman, a First World War stretcher-bearer, awarded the DSM & Bar. MM & Bar and finally a VC. There have only been three double VCs awarded, two of which were to doctors. However, no matter what their role, VC recipients put themselves in extreme harm’s way, often saving their comrades’ lives in doing so.
The museum also offers an outline of some of the greatest wars ever fought, the First and Second World Wars; events that resulted in enormous loss of life, both in battle and on the Home Front. Our 1940s house and Home Guard displays are always popular. Visitors can see the changes in military technology as the displays move through the Cold War period and conclude with the war in Afghanistan. Visitors are given the opportunity to try on equipment and to handle weapons, many of which are identical to those used by some of the VC recipients.
The museum also serves as a centre for veterans’ units; the 13th/18th Hussars hosts a small museum on the site. Lately All Callsigns, who specialise in treating veteran PTSD treatment, has developed a base here. In some ways, we like to think of the organisation as not so much a museum, but an active community.

Your Visit

Everything you need to know for your visit to one of Doncaster's hidden gems

The Cafe

Enjoy a great selection of homemade cakes and freshly prepared meals.

Veterans Breakfast

Come and join us for our veterans breakfast club every Saturday and Sunday.

13/18 Royal Hussars

Visit the Lilly White Gallery, dedicated to the 13/18 Royal Hussars (QMO)

Don't take our word for it, heres what our visitors have to say

  •   Decided to try out this little known local attraction. Brilliant day out, guided tour of the exhibits by very passionate knowledgeable guide. We had wide range of ages (69-8) everyone... read more

    Tracy G

      I have lived in Doncaster for many years, but only heard about this place relatively recently. It all looks a bit shabby and amateurish when you arrive. You wonder if... read more

    Philip G

      We visited the barracks as a family and really enjoyed our tour led by Adam and later Barry. Both were very knowledgeable, easy to talk to and answered all our... read more


      I went there with my 4 young kids, thinking the 3 boys would love it. Graham our guide was very patient and knowledgeable, I learnt a lot of new things... read more


      Excellent really enjoyed. I pray we keep this in Doncaster more people need to visit. The guide was great. Very interesting to listen to all the stories

    Phil H

      Very helpful and knowledgable staff. An interesting museum with some rare and unique exhibits. You can handle some of the exhibits and are really made to feel welcome. Well done... read more

    Mick W
  •   Great visit. Excellent tour on Saturday afternoon ... very moving actually. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and brought to life the stories of some of those who were awarded the... read more


      Lovely place to visit, ideal for children, compact yet informative. Lots of interesting information and things to see.

    lisa l

      Read about this place on the internet,although it was an hours drive away it proved to be worthwhile. Run as a charity, it deserves to be supported and its memories... read more

    Geoffrey D

      I have been today for the 3rd time with my son an his friend for his birthday, had a great time brilliant tour guide steve!!,so interesting with fantastic displays and... read more


      Myself and my other half visited this lovely museum during the week. I wasn’t too sure what to expect but was very pleasantly surprised. We had a guided tour by... read more


      This is one of the best military museums we've visited in the UK. You can actually TOUCH stuff and the guides stories about VC winners are both moving and... read more

    Paul L
Ashworth Barracks
Cedar Road
Doncaster. DN4 9EY
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