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The Bowes Museum

Newgate | Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle DL12 8NP, England
+44 1833 690606
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Great collections

Return visit after about 35 years. Thoroughly enjoyed the excellent collections. Well worth a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Marvellous Place

We visited the bowes museum on the first day of a stay in Barnard Castle. It was in walking... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Patricia S
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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It’s been delighting visitors for more than 100 years, and now a £12m revamp has transformed The Bowes Museum into a must see 21st Century place to visit.A romantic history, stunning galleries, great location, fine dining, top class exhibitions, family fun events, a thriving toddler group – all these can be discovered inside this fabulous listed building which resembles a French chateau.And that’s not all. It’s surrounded by parkland, woodland walks, formal gardens and a newly opened children’s play area.No visit is complete without a browse in our shop, or a delicious snack in Café Bowes.If you’re looking for a great day out, make The Bowes Museum your destination of choice. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute info on what’s on when.
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Newgate | Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle DL12 8NP, England
+44 1833 690606
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Return visit after about 35 years. Thoroughly enjoyed the excellent collections. Well worth a visit. The Swan and the Mouse are a must. Very interesting ceramics and paintings.

Thank sapdon
Reviewed yesterday

We visited the bowes museum on the first day of a stay in Barnard Castle. It was in walking distance of our B and B. Although we had visited over 25 years ago, we were keen to visit again. It did not disappoint. Its a...More

Thank Patricia S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a fantastic place. A purpose built museum by the previous owner. It houses many fascinating things. It also has a cafe which is good too.

Thank stewart t
Reviewed 3 days ago

We have wanted to visit for quite a while, and were staggered to find it is only just outside Barnard Castle, not in the wilds of the country as we had imagined from the pictures. It is therefore very easy to get to by bus...More

Thank GillyPNorthEastCoast
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was such a pleasure to drive in through those glorious gates and to be able to park immediately outside this French chateau; no charge of course! It gave us an immediate sense of 'ownership' and liberation - none of that business of parking miles...More

Thank Lynda F
Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I drove here from Sunderland, and were delighted with what we saw. Built in the style of a French chataeu, it is packed with art treasures and artefacts, paintings and much more. Delightful.

Thank 456David
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful artwork, peaceful surroundings, great children's craft activities and good cafe. We will return.

Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Good value for money. Lots to see and do. The building and grounds are very well maintained and stunning....................

Thank Cabma7
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is one of the best museums we have been too! We loved learning about the Bowes and their amazing collection. We found the displays interesting and we were really impressed with the modernity of some of them i.e. The watch and table setting display...More

Thank Ellisia321
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed my visit. Stunning house and fantastic collections and displays. The silver Swan is a must see on the second floor. Free parking too

Thank Gaynor38
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1 August 2017|
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Response from alison_nicholson | Property representative |
Hi, Thank you for your enquiry. We've just introduced annual passes as of yesterday and for concessions it is £12 for unlimited entry for 12 months from purchase. All information about admissions can be found on our... More
3 June 2017|
Response from alison_nicholson | Property representative |
Hi, Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. You can get round the Museum on a scooter. We have a lift to all floors and disabled access to the side of the Museum. It's £10.50 admission and free admission for a... More
3 June 2017|
Response from Sandra S | Reviewed this property |
All floors are accessable for wheelchairs by lift. so should be fine for your scooter. It is £10.50 per adult. Discounts for over 60's . Not sure of all prices. Hope this helps. Sandra.