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The Bowes Museum

Newgate | Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle DL12 8NP, England
+44 1833 690606
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Superb!

If you are In Barnard Castle you really do need to take a couple of hours out to visit this... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Drazzi57
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York, United Kingdom
Superb museum and gallery

Bowes museum is a real treasure house of Bowes family collections, contemporary art and travelling... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Shaun S
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Penrith, 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 2 days ago

If you are In Barnard Castle you really do need to take a couple of hours out to visit this wonderful Museum. Something for everyone here.

Thank Drazzi57
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Bowes museum is a real treasure house of Bowes family collections, contemporary art and travelling exhibitions. One £14 ticket is valid for a year so you can visit several times if you wish, without further payment. There is also the superb mechanical Swan. However Swans...More

Thank Shaun S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This Art exhibition is well worth a visit.The work by the artists is very varied one of my particular favourites was by Sophie Twiss Mawnan Smith Cornwall, David Morris’s Oil Platform Hartlepool is excellent

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The kids loved the ‘treasure hunt’ and there is so much to see without young ones getting fed up. Beautiful building will definitely go again

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful building in grand French style within landscaped gardens about 1.5 miles west of Barnard Castle. The 19th century industrialist and art collector John Bowes and his French wife did not do things by halves! He commissioned French architect Jules Pellechet to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My brother and I were in the area on business, but when we had completed that we decided that while we were so near Barnard Castle we would call into the Bowes Museum as we both had lot's of lovely memories of previous vist's with...More

Thank Carol Ann S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to this museum today and it was absolutely stunning! From the rooms, furniture, decor, architecture of the house and the silver swan! All of it was well worth seeing! It has a nice cafe and a outdoor picnic area and is a very...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited The Bowes Museum on a cold grey day in January and received a warm welcome from the staff. There is plenty to see including the wonderful swan automaton which is demonstrated at 2 pm every day. We also particularly liked some of the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit, plenty to see great architecture. Friendly knowledgeable staff plenty of parking. Grounds were stunning in winter would be even better in summer

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Reviewed 14 January 2018

My first visit here and it was such a lovely day! I have an art pass so was free for me but £14 for my mum but this is an annual pass. The building itself is huge and so beautiful. Learning about the history of...More

Thank Emily W
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nickediane
9 February 2018|
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The museum is wheelchair accessible.
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Sandra Maud T
14 September 2017|
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Response from Essexman50 | Reviewed this property |
as alredy answered 14 pounds
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David G
5 September 2017|
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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).
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