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The Bowes Museum

Open Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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The is a great place to visit while in Barnard Castle. We spend over 3 hours in the museum and we... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Springfield, Oregon
A worthwhile detour off the main routes north/south

Barnard castle is a bit off the beaten track if you're just heading north/south but well worth the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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...more
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Newgate, Barnard Castle DL12 8NP, England
+44 1833 690606
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All reviews french chateau bowes museum silver swan automaton fine art well worth a visit eclectic collection mechanical swan bowes family purpose built french style el greco on display yves saint laurent beautiful building works of art lovely grounds nice cafe
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Reviewed yesterday

I’m from Edinburgh and most, if not all of our museums are free, so it came as a surprise when we were asked to hand over £24 for two of us. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very beautiful building and some of the exhibits...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The is a great place to visit while in Barnard Castle. We spend over 3 hours in the museum and we even watched the Swan at 2pm. I suggest you get a seat by 1.45pm otherwise you will be standing. The ticket price is for...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Barnard castle is a bit off the beaten track if you're just heading north/south but well worth the time to visit this excellent and diverse museum - and the ticket lasts a year. Apart from the famous swan automaton which runs daily (usually at 2pm)...More

Thank phinaeus
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating place to visit. Impressive late 19th century purpose built (French style) Museum - resembling a chateau - set in beautifully manicured grounds. Appealing story of its creation well told (including a film). Collection particularly strong on ceramics with some splendid displays in excellent showcases...More

Thank decline421
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place to visit, very good collections, admission just a little expensive even with concessions.

Thank JohnC5911
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Time Here - As long as you are still absorbing & enjoying! I know I have a limit! NB - Your ticket entitles you to return within a year = you need to! Swan - Lovely, good to stand then you might see the fish...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a full day at the Bowes Museum which was not enough time to see everything, we will have to come back again, would recommend to anyone and everyone to visit. The restaurant was also very good.

Thank Ellison01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth visiting the displays are wonderful and there are often new exhibitions which are unique to the Museum and the North of England all set off in a magical building the staff are both very friendly and knowledgeable and the museum is suitable for...More

Thank PeteBigge
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Turning into the Bow museum the first words out of my mouth were “Wow” and that’s set the tone for the rest of the day! The fashion exhibition which was on, was absolutely incredible! The other rooms had a lot to look at! The swan...More

Thank Em H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our visit started in the Café with toasted teacakes which were really fresh. The service was speedy and efficient. On our tour of the various displays we were impressed by the variety of exhibits which were all clearly labelled. To find collections of pottery, clocks,...More

1  Thank Kenneth P
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Sue S
14 October 2018|
Response from southendbootboy | Reviewed this property |
Yes, access to the grounds is free.
16 September 2018|
Response from JGraham12 | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are allowed in the garden but not the museum entry is £14 or £12 concession £30 family 2 adults 4 children. you can go back as many times as you want that year. Well worth the money
Allie B
9 September 2018|
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Response from Jill O | Reviewed this property |
Sorry don’t know the answer. I have an Art Fund card which lets me in free.