The Bowes Museum

From £5.00
Newgate
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.

Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS
VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS

Awards

  • Visit EnglandVAQAS VAQAS 2019
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    1018
  • Very Good
    404
  • Average
    116
  • Poor
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  • Terrible
    21

Recent Reviews:

  • Ruth N
    Skegness, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Brill place to visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 16th July 2019
    My partner & I went round the museum while on holiday. It was truly amazing!!! We spent best part of the day there. You must see the silver swan when you are there, it's eighteenth century & every... Read full review
  • Anthony A
    Folkestone, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Ruined by dog fouling
    2 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 18th July 2019
    Impressive building set back high in the grounds with wonderful views. We decided to call in on our way back to Newcastle so did not have a lot of time and kept our visit to the grounds and café... Read full review
  • Charles Kevin C
    Richmond, United Kingdom
    The best museum outside london in Britain
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 21st July 2019
    The extremely enterprising staff present this museum both the local and international with panache as do they with special exhibitions. Read full review

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Access Statement - Please see below

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Access Information

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00

* Closed 25 & 26 Dec, 1 Jan. Cafe opening 1000-1630. Shop opening 1000-1645.

Map & Directions

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Thursday, 31st October 2019 - Thursday, 31st October 2019

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

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