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

  •   My son’s third visit, my first to this hands-on museum. Guide staff are all ex-forces and their enthusiasm shows(our guide was Jim) with a synopis of the Zulu wars through... read more

    Sunnyshawy
    10/28/2019

      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
    8/28/2019

      Arrived here after looking at things to do on Tripadvisor, Thought this will only be a short visit as it didn't look very big. Our guide Jim took us on... read more

    mike a
    11/05/2019

      Very interesting place. Good value. Very good guide ,JIM , Very interesting place with lots off information, would recommend a visit.

    enid58
    11/25/2019

      We visited with our Grandchildren aged 7 & 4 at the time, who both thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and was able to interact with... read more

    gilldawn081
    9/04/2019

      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
    10/12/2019
  •   Booked for my 65 Birthday bash 10 of us visited and had a wounderful buffet a informative tour of the Museum and finished off with a shooting compertition. All the... read more

    Endevor2
    8/26/2019

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

    lisa l
    10/09/2019

      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

    allushka
    9/29/2019

      Visited few years ago, now the museum got bigger and even more interesting. Veterans guiding visitors (Jim) make this place very special. It needs saving, shame the local council can't... read more

    Joanna S
    1/11/2020

      2nd time we've been, tour guide Graham was excellent. Came away with a real sense of what it was like and what its like now, to serve in the armed... read more

    I5271VMjuliea
    10/20/2019

      Great museum, the ex service men and women as guides are full of knowledge about what they are showing you, and don't mind answering extra questions. Really could do with... read more

    487jm1
    12/07/2019
Ashworth Barracks
Cedar Road
Doncaster. DN4 9EY
Developed by Wilkinson Smith UK
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