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The Bowes Museum

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Address: Newgate | Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle DL12 8NP, England
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+44 1833 690606
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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It’s been delighting visitors for more than 100 years, and now a £12m...

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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Just go. That's all I would say. Art is personal. The house, the cafe, the staff, such a perfect visit. Thank you.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Just go. That's all I would say. Art is personal. The house, the cafe, the staff, such a perfect visit. Thank you.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A great collection in beautiful surroundings! There are many amazing pieces which are beautifully displayed. Definitely worth a visit!

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Blyth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must visit a fantastic Museum we had a great time here and the staff were very helpful Loads to see and do

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An incredible museum full of treasures, especially the mechanical Silver Swan(which I have seen in operation on a previous visit - disappointed it was on loan?). It is a huge building and I particularly like the tapestries and various porcelain. A must see if you are in the area - you could spent all day in here.

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Newcastle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to come for years to see the silver swan...and it was on loan :( to the science museum in London, gutted, but on the upside will come back when it returns, as it's a fascinating place with an amazing story behind it, and too much to take in on just one visit

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit if you are in the area. Even on a cold, dull day the grounds are lovely. The museum itself is full of curiosities and the galleries are great.

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited bowes museum on Sunday morning ,unfortunately the silver Swan was elsewhere for a few weeks but that did not spoil our time there catching up on local history and a multitude of other interesting facts.It gives you a buzz when you leave with a huge amount of knowledge than before you went in. The museum is a beautiful building... More 

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Lexington, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed the variety of the collections. The silver swan only plays once at 2:00 every day. The Roman artifacts were very interesting.

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Manchester UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Huge museum with so much to see. As we were in a group we had limited time there unfortunately & will certain go again. So many items of interest it is quite overwhelming. Sadly, the Swan was away for renovation.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a hidden gem. If you are in Barnard Castle. You must visit. Huge museum with lots to look at and a fascinating story to tell

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