King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum

The Regimental Museum, housed within Lancaster City Museum, tells the story of the King’s Own, or 4th Regiment of Foot, from 1680 to modern times including the First and Second World War.

The King’s Own served all over the world and was involved in almost every major campaign.  It has also served in some of the small lesser known campaigns such as in Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in 1868.

The Regiment’s association with Lancaster dates from 1880, when the regiment moved into purpose built accommodation at Bowerham Barracks, now St. Martin’s College.

The Regimental Museum was established in 1929 and has, since that time, formed a gallery within the City Museum.  A permanent display tells the history of the regiment and temporary exhibitions are mounted from time to time.  Five of the the Regiment’s Victoria Crosses are displayed in the museum.


Opening Times

Monday10:30 – 16:00
Tuesday10:30 – 16:00
Friday10:30 – 16:00
Saturday10:30 – 16:00
Sunday10:30 – 16:00


Last admission to the King’s Own is at 15:30. Visitors arriving after this will be able to visit the City museum shop and the ground floor temporary exhibition galleries only.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Please check the web pages for our other museums to see their opening days and times, as each museum is different.


Admission Charges

Admission to the City Museum and King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum is Free, though donations are appreciated.

There are donation boxes for cash in the museum shop – or we’ll be happy to put card donations through the till!

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