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The Bowes Museum

From £5.00
Newgate
Barnard Castle
County Durham
DL12 8NP

Tel: +44 01833 690606

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The Bowes Museum

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Anuual Pass£14.00 per ticket type
Concession Annual Pass£12.00 per ticket type
Students (on production of Student Card)£6.00 per ticket type
Under 18£5.00 per ticket type

Enjoy unlimited entry at The Bowes Museum and temporary exhibitions all year around. Family Pass - 2 Adults (Up to 4 Children) £30.00
Family Pass - 1 Adult (Up to 4 Children) £16.00

Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS
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Awards

  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    800
  • Very Good
    325
  • Average
    95
  • Poor
    27
  • Terrible
    10

Recent Reviews:

  • Patricia S
    Doncaster, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Marvellous Place
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 22nd August 2017
    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... Read full review
  • stewart t
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    A great place to visit.
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th August 2017
    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. Read full review
  • GillyPNorthEastCoast
    North East Coast
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    A substitute for involuntary childlessness
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th August 2017
    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... Read full review

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Access Statement - Please see below

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Access Information

Opening Times

2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00

* Closed 25 & 26 Dec, 1 Jan. Cafe opening 1000-1630. Shop opening 1000-1645.

Map & Directions

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Saturday, 29th July 2017 - Sunday, 5th November 2017

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Saturday, 14th July 2018 - Sunday, 30th September 2018

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The Bowes Museum - Gallery Talk with Assistant Curator of Fine Art Bernadette PettiJoin Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti to explore the recent acquisition St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child by the workshop of Dieric Bouts, now on display in the Museum’s picture galleries. 2:15pm.
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Friday, 15th September 2017 - Friday, 15th September 2017

The Bowes Museum - Painting Workshop: Tulip FeverJoin artist Linda Birch to make a vibrant tissue collage painting using tulips, in celebration of the Turkish Tulips exhibition.
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Monday, 23rd October 2017 - Monday, 23rd October 2017

The Bowes Museum - Painting Workshop: Still Life in PastelJoin artist Linda Birch to create a still life painting, using the many examples in The Bowes Museum’s collection as inspiration.
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Monday, 20th November 2017 - Monday, 20th November 2017

The Bowes Museum - Painting Workshop: Gentle Abstract in Coloured PencilJoin artist Linda Birch to make an abstract work by adapting a painting from The Bowes collection, experimenting with colour and shape.
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Friday, 8th December 2017 - Friday, 8th December 2017

The Bowes Museum - Painting Workshop: Doll's House DiptychJoin artist Linda Birch to make a miniature painting with doors on the theme of a dolls house, richly coloured in watercolours or acrylic.
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Thursday, 24th August 2017 - Friday, 25th August 2017

The Bowes Museum – Printing FunTry printing in this fun drop-in workshop suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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Wednesday, 30th August 2017 - Wednesday, 30th August 2017

The Bowes Museum - RomansLearn about the Romans and take part in a variety of themed crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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Thursday, 31st August 2017 - Thursday, 31st August 2017

The Bowes Museum – Terrific TudorsMeet a Tudor maid and learn about a Tudor feast before making a herb filled bag called a tussy-mussy and creating a Tudor inspired headdress to wear! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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The Bowes Museum - VictoriansTry a variety of Victorian themed crafts including writing with a dippy pen and learn how to make a proddy mat. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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Monday, 23rd October 2017 - Monday, 23rd October 2017

The Bowes Museum – Silver SpidersInspired by our Silver and Metals gallery, children can try a variety of fun crafts on a spider theme. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.
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Friday, 27th October 2017 - Friday, 27th October 2017

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The Bowes Museum - Halloween CraftsBe brave and take part in fun Halloween themed craft activities. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.
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Tuesday, 29th August 2017 - Tuesday, 29th August 2017

The Bowes Museum – Stone Age to Iron AgeSee a variety of Stone, Bronze and Iron Age artefacts in the galleries before making a clay pot in the style of a Bronze Age beaker. Booking required on 01833 690606. Suitable for children aged 5+ who must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.
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Saturday, 16th December 2017 - Sunday, 17th December 2017

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Saturday, 18th November 2017 - Sunday, 18th February 2018

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