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The Bowes Museum

From £5.00
Barnard Castle
County Durham
DL12 8NP

Tel: +44 01833 690606

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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 2018

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Recent Reviews:

  • Lindamag56
    Trip Type:
    Great place to visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    Just got back from a visit to the Bowes Museum. First impressions as you turn into the driveway is "wow". The building itself is magnificent. Got there just in time to see the silver swan... Read full review
  • Brightontraveller-2
    Brighton, Engand
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Excellent museum in a unique setting
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 19th June 2018
    The Bowes Museum is a unique institution, a wide ranging collection including paintings, furniture and ceramics. It is housed in a French style château which is an extraordinary sight to see in... Read full review
  • PammyJane24
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    A must!
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 17th June 2018
    Such an interesting museum that must not be ignored. Full of amazing ceramics, glassware, paintings, silver, fashion and textiles, many other curiosities and last of all the clockwork silver swan... Read full review



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Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Access Information

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
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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