Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester SO23 8TS
The Rifles Museum, situated in the heart of Winchester, offers an insight into the story of the largest infantry regiment of the British Army.
The Rifles Museum shares the same building as The Royal Green Jacket’s Museum; a forming regiment of The Rifles. Visited by thousands every year, the Museum records, visually, graphically and entertainingly, the history of The Royal Green Jackets and their predecessors, three of the most famous regiments in the British Army.
Immerse yourself into their history and exciting campaigns, and find out what it is like to be a Rifleman. The museum features personal items and individual soldiers’ accounts, making it one of the most poignant military museums in the UK. This immersive experience even lets you try on a soldier’s uniform and battle armour.
Laid out chronologically, the Museum’s displays tell of the part played by the regiments in campaigning for peace over two and half centuries, and how the regiments’ approach to soldiering and readiness to adopt new ideas were often ahead of the rest.
The Museum also provides a focus on the courage of soldiers with a special Victoria Cross display. It includes a touch screen display, giving visitors access to detailed information about the actions and personal histories of each of the regiments’ 59 Victoria Cross winners.
As well as the permanent displays, The Rifles Museum hosts touring exhibits, talks and community events.
The Rifles Museum is completely wheelchair friendly, with toilets located on the ground floor. Guide dogs are welcome and induction loops are available from the front desk. You can find The Rifles museum on Peninsula Barracks at the top end of the Winchester city centre. It is a short walk up from the High Street, just past Winchester’s iconic Westgate and Great Hall.