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The Bowes Museum

From £5.00
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


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


  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

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Recent Reviews:

  • ne65xa
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Fun and interesting day out
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 21st September 2017
    We went for the day, and I have to say it was worth it, lovely and interesting place to visit, plus we can return for the entire year, so will be definitely going back as there are loads of things to... Read full review
  • MelvinNewportGwent
    Newport Gwent
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    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 20th September 2017
    Firstly how can 11 people mark this as terrible ! When you turn through the gates and see the building all you can say is WOW!! When you pay to go in your ticket lasts a year which is great value, it... Read full review
  • AntiqueFan
    West Yorkshire, England
    Trip Type:
    Wonderful place with wonderful contents
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 19th September 2017
    Really enjoyed my trip to this beautiful and well stocked museum. The building itself is amazing and the history extremely interesting. The contents were all displayed so well and in such a way that... Read full review



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Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Access Information

Opening Times

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

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

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