Ashworth Barracks Museum tells the stories of some of the soldiers awarded the Victoria Cross since its inauguration by Queen Victoria in 1857. 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

  •   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

    414jackie56
    9/17/2019

      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
    8/26/2019

      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

    gillmward2018
    8/25/2019

      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
    8/16/2019

      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

      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
  •   A very interesting afternoon spent today at Ashworth Barracks. Our guide Adam was very helpful and had good knowledge about all the history of the museum and being allowed to... read more

    Glynn_mitch
    8/31/2019

      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
    9/07/2019

      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

    aimeeo789
    8/26/2019

      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

      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

    andreabJ1152DR
    9/03/2019

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