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The Bowes Museum

Newgate | Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle DL12 8NP, England
+44 1833 690606
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A really interesting day out for all the family

I visited the museum and the weather was really good so seeing the building in the sunshine was a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Silver bird visit

We decided to visit the museum and see the magnificent building and grounds surrounding it. The... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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It’s been delighting visitors for more than 100 years, and now a £12m revamp has transformed The Bowes Museum into a must see 21st Century place to visit.A romantic history, stunning galleries, great location, fine dining, top class exhibitions, family fun events, a thriving toddler group – all these can be discovered inside this fabulous listed building which resembles a French chateau.And that’s not all. It’s surrounded by parkland, woodland walks, formal gardens and a newly opened children’s play area.No visit is complete without a browse in our shop, or a delicious snack in Café Bowes.If you’re looking for a great day out, make The Bowes Museum your destination of choice. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute info on what’s on when.
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  • Poor2%
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Newgate | Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle DL12 8NP, England
+44 1833 690606

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I visited the museum and the weather was really good so seeing the building in the sunshine was a real treat. The surrounding area is beautiful with wonderful scenery. The staff were really helpful on arrival and there are 3 floors to visit. The café...More

Thank Becky071
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We decided to visit the museum and see the magnificent building and grounds surrounding it. The view from the cafe is stunning and the staff were extremely welcoming and friendly. This museum was a great place with brimming space of history and their was a...More

Thank Darkbyte
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A large collection, well laid out and presented in a very impressive building. Could easily spend the day there and not see everything. Good cafe too!

Thank klotts
Reviewed 1 week ago

A victorian pile set on a hill outside Barnard Castle, The Bowes Museum houses an extensive collection of art, beautifully curated. At its heart is the iconic Swan, set to perform every day at 2pm; the crowd started gathering at 1.pm to get a prime...More

Thank MiltonKeynesDaisy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Packed with wonderful artefacts, very well displayed and described. A highlight is the video presentation about the founders. Excellent restaurant , with good service and food, reasonably priced.

Thank pat_geoffwilkinson
Reviewed 1 week ago

The building is not a statley home as many think, but a purpose built museum, with a fascinating history. The collection is spread over 3 floors, and about 20 rooms. The collection is vast, comprising of paintings, furniture, porcelein/pottery, the John and Josephine galleries, and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here just to see the silver swan, but wow, there is so much more, and to think it was all collected by two people over 15 years specifically to be displayed to the people around. Some amazing stuff, and a really eclectic collection. I...More

Thank 869dougw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the museum whilst on holiday staying in the town It's a beautiful building in lovely grounds and well worth a visit The house has a interesting story built as a museum by a local man to house all his wife's collections

Thank Karen_Suffolk210101
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well if you like fine art paintings don't miss this!!! Some great fun for kids too in a fantastic house that is well off the beaten track up in Barnard Castle!! I was amazed to see so many paintings on display. Plenty for everybody to...More

Thank PeteandE
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

amazing site to find a french chateau on the Penines! Crammed full of art & other curios, well worth a visit DON'T drive past The town of Barnard Castle is worth a stroll around too

Thank peterbysea
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Sandra Maud T
13 September 2017|
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Response from Essexman50 | Reviewed this property |
as alredy answered 14 pounds
David G
5 September 2017|
Response from Joanne S |
Yes all floors are accessible by the lift. The disabled access door is on the east side of the building, and you can also borrow manual wheelchairs from the reception. (Might need to ring in advance to check availability).
3 September 2017|
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Response from Quixote2001 | Reviewed this property |
I think the admission price is for the museum and the cafe. Entrance to the grounds is free as far as I am aware.