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The Bowes Museum

From £5.00
Barnard Castle
County Durham
DL12 8NP

Tel: +44 01833 690606

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The Bowes Museum

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:

  • kilhill
    Bloomington, Indiana
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    You have to visit!
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 6th December 2017
    I spent an entire day at the Bowes Museum and didn't want to leave. Such a wonderful collection and a great walk through history. If you are in the area, you must make time to stop. The Silver... Read full review
  • April35
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Very interesting.
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 2nd December 2017
    Very interesting place to visit, many historical pieces to view. The various exibitions were fascinating. I would have liked a bit longer to visit. Read full review
  • johnhouston2
    Knaresborough, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    A fabulous place to visit.
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 2nd December 2017
    If you told anyone that the small market town of Barnard Castle had a museum, they would never imagine that it was such a palatial place as this. It is a large and very attractive building and has... Read full review



  • Access Statement - Please see below

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Access Information

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
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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