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:

  • Doug J
    A trip up to Durham
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 14th January 2020
    We stopped off at the Bowes Museum. An eclectic mix of collectables, so not really running to themes as a traditional museum. The Cornish exhibition was very good. His paintings reflect any northern... Read full review
  • John L
    Bedlington, United Kingdom
    Had not been here for years!
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 14th January 2020
    We were attracted to revisit because of the current Norman Cornish exhibition. There are untold delights on all four floors, and it was good to see the silver swan again. From the lavish chateau like... Read full review
  • MadalynH7
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    Great museum
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 16th January 2020
    We have visited many times over the years, but were attracted on this occasion by the Norman Cornish exhibition - which was excellent. The museum has lots of other treasures, but particularly the... Read full review



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Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Access Information

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
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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