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

  •   Came here on a whim. I wasn’t disappointed. It is well worth a visit. Graham the tour guide was very knowledgeable and everything is well displayed. It is bigger than... 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


      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


      We had a great visit today with our grandson. Paul the guide was great, very patient and very personable and very knowledgable. The firing range was great too. Very much... read more

    Richard V

      I absolutely loved it, from the staff and their commitment to keep the history of the wars we got involved during the 20th and 21st century alive and ready to... read more


      Visited today with my nephew Sullivan . Had a tour with Jim it has been brilliant . Jim was so kind lovely and full of knowledge . In fact everyone... read more

  •   Absolutely love this place, been to many a military museum but none with such felt commitment with a personal touch. Run by volunteers, the veterans guiding visitors is truly amazing... read more


      Had a great time the guide was brilliant (Graham)explaining everything in great detail. Well worth a visit


      After an amazing breakfast in the NAFFI cafe, well worth a visit, we spent a lovely few hours in the company of Graham, one of the volunteer tour guides, all... read more


      We have just been to the Ashworth Barracks Museum, fabulous 2 hours being guided around , very thing explained in detail by retired service man , something for everyone to see . 10/10More


      Amazing place to visit. Staff so full off knowledge. So many things to see from many eras. My young son really enjoyed it here.

    Andy B

      Fantastic place to visit, passes a good couple of hours. The guided tour is really informative . Visited with work so had to leave early but we will be... read more

    Emma S
Ashworth Barracks
Cedar Road
Doncaster. DN4 9EY
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