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:

  • mikewb75
    Cheshire, United Kingdom
    Plenty to see
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 12th September 2019
    Great place to spend a couple of hours, lots to see from furniture to silver/metal-ware, a superb art exhibition and of course the Silver Swan (but get a place near it early as it gets crowded near... Read full review
  • Mark T
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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    Amazing place
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 12th September 2019
    Completely out of place, this museum is a must do if you're in the area. From Turners to automatons to Gaultier this has an impressive set of design & art collections. That's to ignore the amazing... Read full review
  • goosergood
    Haverhill, United Kingdom
    Banging at Bowes!
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 12th September 2019
    Everything about this place was spot on , the building itself is jaw dropping, add the history and the collections and we have a plethora of culture. See it for yourself you wont be disappointed ! Read full review



  • Access Statement - Please see below

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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Saturday, 16th November 2019 - Sunday, 5th January 2020

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Sunday, 1st December 2019 - Sunday, 22nd December 2019

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Singing for the Brain Christmas SpecialThe Bowes Museum: Singing for the Brain Christmas SpecialSinging for the Brain sessions use singing to bring people living with dementia together in a friendly and stimulating way. In this session, we’ll explore the Museum decorated for Christmas before having some refreshments and a festive singalong in the picture galleries. For more information and to…
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