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The Bowes Museum

Newgate | Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle DL12 8NP, England
+44 1833 690606
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Fabulous day out at the museum, everyone who took part was enthusiastic and helpful. The staff in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sharon C
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Durham, United Kingdom
French chateau in County Durham

You would think that one single exhibit does not make a museum but I have to admit, if I saw... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
101GeordieGirl
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Newcastle, 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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Newgate | Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle DL12 8NP, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous day out at the museum, everyone who took part was enthusiastic and helpful. The staff in the cafe/restaurant couldn't have been more helpful, suggesting a variety of meals/snacks. The museum staff were very knowledgeable, happy to welcome you and guide you round the museum....More

Thank Sharon C
Reviewed 1 week ago

You would think that one single exhibit does not make a museum but I have to admit, if I saw nothing else other than the mechanical silver swan during my visit to the Bowes Museum I would not leave disappointed. it has a well earned...More

Thank 101GeordieGirl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent the day in Barnard Castle so we walked to The Bowes Museum as we had never been before. Fantastic art on display and it was interesting to learn of the history of the museum. Well worth a visit.

Thank Mark W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely museum and well worth a visit. Lovely grounds too! Really enjoyed seeing the paintings understanding how the museum came about

Thank Ruth W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here today. The building is stunning and filled with a variety of interesting and stunning objects. The silver swan is a must-see and if you are interested in ceramics and art you won't be disappointed. There are some superb paintings...More

Thank Gill A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Apart from amazing collections of Canelettos, fine china and local history there are exhibitions which attract visitors from all over. Nice coffee shop and staff.

Thank JRMaddog
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been to Bowes Museum twice and am still in awe of a massive collection of exhibits accumulated by a private individual and his wife, John and Josephine Bowes and bequeathed to the museum which he and his wife built in the style of a...More

Thank NeilRays19
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed my visit to the Bowes Museum. What superb building to find; opened as a Museum in 1892 after a 23year construction. The story of John and Josephine Bowes is absorbing, and their exhibits are wonderful. The Silver Swan automaton being unique and...More

Thank Brian L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great museum with lots of info. Good place to go on a wet day like we did. You can go out and back in during the day once you have purchased your tickets. An easy walk from and to the town centre.

Thank neilflear
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We detoured by around 60 miles to visit the museum and I'm pleased to say it was worth it. Some very interesting and varied exhibits housed in a magnificent French style chateau. There is a cafe serving a variety of hot and cold food and...More

Thank whalleykay66
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lennycook6355
3 June 2017|
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Hi, Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. You can get round the Museum on a scooter. We have a lift to all floors and disabled access to the side of the Museum. It's £10.50 admission and free admission for a... More
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lennycook6355
3 June 2017|
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Response from Sandra S | Reviewed this property |
All floors are accessable for wheelchairs by lift. so should be fine for your scooter. It is £10.50 per adult. Discounts for over 60's . Not sure of all prices. Hope this helps. Sandra.
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BampaOwl
21 March 2017|
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Response from alison_nicholson | Property representative |
Hi, thanks for your question. It depends when you are coming to visit as we have some great family activities during the Easter holidays which you can find on our website in the what's on section. There's a family fun day on... More
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