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

  •   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

      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

      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


      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


      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


      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

  •   A great place to visit, very informative and interesting, with very friendly guides. I would recommend for all ages.


      What a lovely moving experience today our tour conducted by Jim a ex service man was supposed to last 2 hours but never known 4 hours pass so quickly. ... 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

      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


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


      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

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