The Bowes Museum

From £5.00
Barnard Castle
County Durham
DL12 8NP

Tel: +44 01833 690606

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The Bowes Museum at night

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
1 Adult and up to 4 children£16.00 per ticket type
2 Adults and up to 4 children£30.00 per ticket type
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.


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  • Visit EnglandVAQAS VAQAS 2019
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016



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Recent Reviews:

  • Keith G
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    All round a very good visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 7th November 2019
    A great place to visit. There's free parking, great views across the Tees valley and free access to a good restaurant/café for a coffee, snack or meal. Then there is the museum itself. It costs but... Read full review
  • MilkyBarKid1943
    East Kent
    Just gorgeous
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 8th November 2019
    Absolutely delightful. Amazing that the Bowes put togather such a wonderful collection then gave it and the house to the people. A beautiful house. A French chateau in Co. Durham ! There is so much... Read full review
  • Simon K
    Visit to Bowes Museum.
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 12th November 2019
    Have driven past several times but decided to visit this trip. Some beautiful exhibits and collections, got to see the silver swan in all its glory. On the downside felt the atmosphere was somewhat... Read full review



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Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Access Information

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
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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