*The Bowes Museum reopens 10am on Saturday 1st August. Entry has to be booked before you visit on our website,www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk, or by telephoning the Museum, 01833690606. This will enable us to manage the number of people in the Museum and allow for social distancing.
The Park & Gardens are now open for pedestrian access 10.30am - 4.45pm. There will be staff on site to welcome you, please continue to stay safe and keep a safe distance from others.
The Bowes Museum is the jewel in the heart of the historic market town of Barnard Castle in the beautiful Durham countryside.
Housing internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts, the Museum was purpose built in the 19thC by wealthy businessman John Bowes and his French actress wife Josephine. Their romantic story is revealed as you wander around this graceful and elegant Grade I Listed building.
The diverse collections begun by this amazing couple are constantly being added to and currently span three floors of this magnificent French-style chateau. Whether its paintings by Van Dyck, Canaletto or Goya, delicate porcelain produced at Sevres, or fashion from the 16-20th centuries, it can all be found at The Bowes Museum, which has received Designated status from the Government in recognition of the quality of its outstanding collections.
Visitors to the museum can not only learn of John and Josephine’s wonderful story and marvel at the fascinating objects on show but can also enjoy an exciting programme of exhibitions – including fashion, photography and fine art – plus events, with guided tours and gallery talks by specialist’s curators enhancing the experience. A recent £12m makeover which has spawned the opening of new galleries and the delivery of enhanced visitor facilities has pivoted the museum into the 21st Century.
The magnificent legacy that John and Josephine Bowes left to the people of Barnard Castle and beyond has been transformed in a sympathetic way to retain its charm and intrigue while protecting the collections for future generations.
And if that isn’t enough, don’t miss the museum’s unique and popular exhibit, the Silver Swan musical automaton, built in 1773, which performs daily to delight audiences.
No visit is complete without sampling a delicious lunch, sumptuous afternoon tea or tempting snack in Café Bowes, or a browse in the shop, which offer s a wide range of gifts, books, confectionery and original art and jewellery.
Surrounded by 22 acres of parkland including formal gardens, a woodland walk, picnic area and children’s play facilities, The Bowes Museum, surrounded by rolling countryside, is the perfect destination for a family day out.
|Ticket Type||Ticket 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.
- VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS
- Visit England VAQAS 2019
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2020
- Very Good437
- elainehZ4367PGDisappointing visitFriday, 7th August 2020Have visited before and found it interesting and really nice cafe. This time it was different because of COVID restrictions, which were well done. The Norman Cornish paintings were brilliant but I... Read full review
- sonderling14Trip Type:FamilyDid not live up to expectationsFriday, 7th August 2020We were looking forward to visiting and had checked the website which stated all exhibits would be accessible. We booked our entry slot to coincide with the performance of the silver Swan, which my... Read full review
- 693glynfChesterfield, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesFirst classSaturday, 8th August 2020Our first visit and it didn't disappoint. Some of the exhibitions were not to my taste but plenty to look at nonetheless. The Swan was working due to Covid restrictions but didn't spoil our visit... Read full review
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Parking & Transport
- On site parking
|Season (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00|
|Bank Holiday||10:00||- 17:00|
* Closed 25 & 26 Dec, 1 Jan. Cafe opening 1000-1630. Shop opening 1000-1645.