Enjoy memorable moments that will last a lifetime at The Bowes Museum, a truly stunning museum with a fascinating story, found in the heart of the bustling market town of Barnard Castle in the Durham Dales.

How many of these moments will you enjoy? 

historic furniture on display in The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

Discover exquisite furniture, some of which adorned palaces for Kings and Queens.

Empress Eugenie’s bodice on display at The Bowes Museum

Appreciated the intricate craftmanship and delicacy of the Empress Eugenie’s bodices. See what #MuseumSecrets you can discover behind this gorgeous garment. 

the red ceramic gallery at The Bowes Museum

Choose your favourite object from the museum’s extensive ceramics and decorative arts collection. 

Painting portraits of John and Josephine Bowes, The Bowes Museum

Discover the captivating love story of John and Josephine Bowes on a guided tour of the museum they built together in the 19th century to house their many treasures. 

children enjoying arts and crafts at the Bowes Museum

Encourage the kids to get creative on one of the regular craft sessions and activities. Check out the website to see what is coming up.

The Silver Swan on display at The Bowes Museum

Get up close to the museum’s magical Silver Swan automaton, which celebrates its 250th birthday in 2023.

external view of The Bowes Museum and surrounding gardens

Pause to admire the sight of this stunning French style château in the Durham Dales and then explore the beautiful gardens, woodland trails, picnic and play area.

person taking photo of their food at Café Bowes inside The Bowes Museum

Relax and enjoy delicious local, seasonal dishes in the gorgeous surroundings of Café Bowes – from elegant afternoon teas and light lunches to mouth-watering mains and indulgent desserts.

View of the costumes and textiles gallery inside The Bowes Museum

Surround yourself in stunning historical costumes from the 17th to 20th centuries, with transparent acrylic mounts providing a rare glimpse into how they are made.

family of four admiring paintings inside The Bowes Museum

Wander through picture galleries covered in European paintings, including many priceless masterpieces.

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