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

  •   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

      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

    ElishaW88
    9/20/2019

      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
    10/29/2019

      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

      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

    N6156XVjohnw
    1/14/2020

      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

    Outing123
    2/18/2020
  •   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

      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

      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

    Hedgeu2
    10/27/2019

      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

      I have been today for the 3rd time with my son an his friend for his birthday, had a great time brilliant tour guide steve!!,so interesting with fantastic displays and... read more

    Kimyell79
    9/28/2019

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