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The Bowes Museum

Newgate | Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle DL12 8NP, England
+44 1833 690606
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This is a must place to visit steeped in history and barnard castle just ten minutes walk away... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Gary P
via mobile
Poor food and not worth the entry fee

We spent perhaps 1.5 hours - half of which was in the cafe for lunch. I had hoped for an excellent... read more

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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
+44 1833 690606
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a must place to visit steeped in history and barnard castle just ten minutes walk away . beautiful surroundings and a nice cafe and gift shop .

Thank Gary P
Reviewed yesterday

We spent perhaps 1.5 hours - half of which was in the cafe for lunch. I had hoped for an excellent textiles display, but there is very little of their collection available to view. Lunch was very poor - my husband and I both had...More

Thank ecclesgail
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great museum lovely things to see and not to expensive lovely walks great cafe with good food be sure to see the moving swan at 2pm everyday

Thank banditxgrace
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited especially to see the 18th century silver Swan automaton. It only operates once a day and is a marvel. We enjoyed wandering around the rest of the "French chateau" and taking in the story of the collection. The museum is close to Barnard...More

Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Very impressive when you first see thus building, so very French to look at and in a wonderful setting. However on entering we were told that some of the galleries would be closed for work, which included the galleries which explained how John and Josephine...More

Thank happytraveller088
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place would hold its own if it was in a city , but its setting makes it even more spectacular. The exhibits are various and interesting. with plenty to keep young minds active. The background story is gripping. Some beautiful gardens surrounded by a...More

Thank pato011
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved browsing the paintings, the pottery, the opulent and extravagant furniture and collectibles. It's a real interesting treasure trove A huge building set in a big park, somehow surprising at its vastness in a remote place yet at home in the town at the...More

Thank Martin B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely day out in a tranquil town. Full of interesting history of the local area. Beautiful artwork as ceilins which amazed me.

Thank barnardbeast
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the museum as an extra excursion while on a coach touring holiday of the North East.The building itself has the most marvellous French chateau style facade with ornamental gardens to the front and looks absolutely stunning. We knew roughly what to expect inside...More

Thank Lensman9
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While on a drive we decided to pass by this little town for a meal and a visit to the museum, it was completely worth it.

Thank Bashar T
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4 June 2017|
Response from alison_nicholson | Property representative |
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
4 June 2017|
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.
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