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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Recent Reviews:

  • Tis_Brian
    Austin, Texas
    Trip Type:
    Good Place to see, and good food
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 21st May 2019
    We arrived early on a beautiful day. Driving in the gate you at presented with a picture postcard view of the museum and its front garden. Parking is easy, with a short walk to the front... Read full review
  • daddytommy
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    A gem of a museum in Co. Durham
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 24th May 2019
    We are constantly told how good museums and galleries are in the big cities, especially London, but how much do we know about the museums out in rural England? Very Little, in my case, but I was... Read full review
  • bdon257
    Morpeth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Return visit here
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 24th May 2019
    We have been here several times over the years and it is always worth coming back. The building is beautiful and incongruous as a French Chateau in the Durham countryside would be. The wrought iron... 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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Wednesday, 20th November 2019 - Wednesday, 20th November 2019

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Saturday, 26th October 2019 - Monday, 20th January 2020

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Thursday, 25th July 2019 - Thursday, 25th July 2019

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Saturday, 24th August 2019 - Saturday, 24th August 2019

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Saturday, 15th June 2019 - Saturday, 15th June 2019

The Bowes Museum - Super SaturdayLots of crafty sparkly activities for you and your children to do and keep away the January blues. 13:00 - 15:00, free with admission.
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Saturday, 25th May 2019 - Sunday, 13th October 2019

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Sunday, 9th June 2019 - Sunday, 9th June 2019

Bowes Museum: Summer FeteCome and enjoy a fun and fantastic event for all the family in the Museum and grounds. There will be lots of exciting activities to get involved in, delicious food and opportunities to meet the Museum team and learn about the amazing collections.
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Thursday, 13th June 2019 - Thursday, 13th June 2019

Bowes Museum: Olga Zado In ConcertWe are proud to welcome the exciting young Ukrainian pianist, Olga Zado, to perform a captivating piano recital in the Museum’s Picture Galleries.
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Thursday, 31st October 2019 - Thursday, 31st October 2019

Bowes Museum: HalloweenSparkles, sprinkles and a touch of magic, the perfect recipe for Halloween and keeping you out of mischief.
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Thursday, 31st October 2019 - Thursday, 31st October 2019

Bowes Museum: Children's Halloween PartyDress in your spooky best and celebrate Halloween with us. More surprises coming up closer to the time.
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Saturday, 16th November 2019 - Sunday, 5th January 2020

Bowes Museum: Christmas at BowesLet the magic of Christmas truly come to life and behold our collection as a fantastic array of displays and installations to create a narration around Christmas.
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Sunday, 1st December 2019 - Sunday, 22nd December 2019

Bowes Museum: Santa's Enchanted Wonderland GrottoSanta is coming to the Museum again this December so come and join us for a magical family experience. More details coming up closer to the time.
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Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Saturday, 14th December 2019

Monday, 16th December 2019 - Monday, 16th December 2019

Bowes Museum: Christmas MarketJoin us for the feel good event of the season with festive foods, crafts and music. More surprises and details coming up closer to the date.
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Thursday, 6th June 2019 - Thursday, 6th June 2019

Bowes Museum: Art History CourseIf you’d like to find out more about Art History then The Bowes Museum is running an introductory course which may interest you.  Our Assistant Curator of Fine Art, Bernadette Petti, will be holding six sessions exploring the history.
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Friday, 26th April 2019 - Friday, 7th June 2019

Bowes Morning YogaJoin Harriet from Wild us Yoga for some relaxing morning yoga in the peaceful and inspiring setting of the picture galleries.  Please bring your own mat.  6 week course (not 24 May.) Booking required. 
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Friday, 14th June 2019 - Friday, 14th June 2019

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Sunday, 16th June 2019 - Sunday, 16th June 2019

The Bowes Museum cafeThe Bowes Museum - Father's DayTreat your special fella to a day out at the Museum, with a delicious Sunday lunch or afternoon tea in Café Bowes. Please book your table: or 01833 694605.
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Thursday, 20th June 2019 - Thursday, 20th June 2019

Goya's Prison Gallery TalkThe Bowes Museum: Goya's Prison Gallery TalkThe Bowes Museum’s Interior of a Prison is part of a series of works by Francisco Goya. The Museum’s Director, Adrian Jenkins, explored the story behind the picture created during a monumental moment in Goya’s life. Join Director Adrian Jenkins for a short introduction to the current exhibition...
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Friday, 31st May 2019 - Friday, 31st May 2019

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Thursday, 6th June 2019 - Thursday, 6th June 2019

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Sunday, 16th June 2019 - Sunday, 16th June 2019

The Bowes Museum: Beamish Reliability RunEnjoy classic cars in the grounds this Father’s Day with the 48th annual Beamish Reliability Run. A wide range of cars dating from 1956 and earlier will stop off as they make their way through the Durham and Yorkshire Dales on their way to Beamish Museum.
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Saturday, 6th July 2019 - Saturday, 6th July 2019

The Bowes Museum: Janusz Plays ChopinJoin celebrated international pianist and conductor Janusz Piotrowicz for an evening of music by Chopin in the glittering setting of The Bowes Museum picture galleries. Concert in aid of The Bowes Museum and The World Trust. In association with Ripon International Festival.
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Friday, 19th July 2019 - Friday, 19th July 2019

The Silver SwanThe Bowes Museum: Painting Silver in Oils or WatercolourJoin artist Linda Birch to learn how to capture the magical lustre of silver. Visit the galleries to sketch and observe silver objects and paintings of silver, then learn practical techniques to help you paint highlights, shadows and reflections. All oil or watercolour painters are welcome. ...
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Thursday, 15th August 2019 - Thursday, 15th August 2019

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