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

  •   I've been twice here and both occasions did't disappoint. Tour guides were excellent really informative and friendly. The facilities are great ad everyone is really friendly. Would definitely recommend.More... read more


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

    lisa l

      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


      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 loved our visit today. Our guide (Jim) was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Ashworth barracks is a great place to visit. Give it a go! We hope it gets the... read more

    Caroline s

      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
  •   Not been to a museum like this for a few years, wasn't sure what to expect as it looks small from the outside, but once in we were surprised to... read more

    Alex G

      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

      visited here with my son who has learning disabilities, we have had great afternoon , didnt think my son would sit and stand for 3 hours but he was so... 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


      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 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

Ashworth Barracks
Cedar Road
Doncaster. DN4 9EY
Developed by Wilkinson Smith UK
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