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The Bowes Museum

From £5.00
Barnard Castle
County Durham
DL12 8NP

Tel: +44 01833 690606

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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:

  • Iain S
    What an amazing collection
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 13th April 2018
    We visited expecting to be there for a couple of hours.......five hours later we left having experienced a great day. The Swan at 2pm must not be missed We were lucky to be visiting on a day when a... Read full review
  • Steeler21
    Trip Type:
    Trip out
    3 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 12th April 2018
    First time visit to through bowes museum and was a little dissapointed. Some impressive artwork but not much more to keep you interested for long. Entrance price whilst allowing you to come back any... Read full review
  • Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 10th April 2018
    Visited the museum with friends and was just wowed by the beautiful surroundings and interesting things to see ....will definitely be back when visiting the town . Read full review



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Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Access Information

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
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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Friday, 7th December 2018 - Friday, 7th December 2018

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Majestic May The Bowes Museum: The Majestic May Family Fun DayTake part in our French inspired day, the home of our beloved founder Josephine Bowes. Let’s see who can build the tallest Eiffel Tower!
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Wednesday, 25th July 2018 - Wednesday, 25th July 2018

Majestic May The Bowes Museum: 'Summer Sun' Family Fun DayHurrah! Holiday time begins so celebrate with us throughout the Museum and in the gardens.  Look out for our festivity tent filled with crafts galore, sparkles sprinkles, a delight for all.  Bring a panic!  
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