The Bowes Museum

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Barnard Castle
DL12 8NP

  • Switchboard: 01833 690606

Founded over 100 years ago, by John and Joséphine Bowes, the magnificent building contains the greatest collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England, alongside an eclectic programme of exhibitions and events.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Open daily 1000-1700 Closed only 25,26 Dec, 1 Jan


Adult annual pass £14.00 concs £12.00 Annual family pass (2 adults & up to 4 young people aged 5-17 years) £30.00 Annual family pass (1 adult & up to 4 young people aged 5-17 years)) £16.00 Student, day entry, £6.00 (on production of Student Card) Free entry to holders of the Great British Heritage Pass; National Art Pass (on production of membership card) Free entry to the Friends of The Bowes Museum. Free entry to Accompanying Carers


  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums
  • English Heritage

Travel directions:

14 miles west of the Scotch Corner A1/A66 interchange.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Gardens open to public
  • Library with public access
  • Mail order service available
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Parking for coaches
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Picnic area
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Refreshments
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan

Facilities information:

The Museum's reference library is staffed by the Friends of The Bowes Museum. It is open by appointment only. Please ring for details. The Friends of The Bowes Museum offer free guided tours of the galleries. For more information, or to book your place please contact us.


  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Audio guides specifically for blind and partially sighted people
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • General audio-guide available
  • General guide to collections available
  • Guided tours
  • Induction loops in lecture theatres
  • Information point provided
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Licensed for weddings
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Touch exhibits

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