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

Admire Marie Antoinette’s writing desk – just one of the many exquisite items of furniture waiting to be admired.

Blackborne Lace Collection at The Bowes Museum

Appreciate the intricate craftmanship and delicacy of the Blackborne Lace Collection – one of the largest and most important lace collections in the world.

ceramics 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. 

child trying out 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.

couple eating food inside Café Bowes at 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.

couple walking through the gallery at The Bowes Museum

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

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