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The Bowes Museum

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MrsR_92 wrote a review Feb 2021
Barnard Castle, United Kingdom107 contributions31 helpful votes
Stunning museum and gardens! One of our favourite places and so lucky to have it on our doorstep. Father Christmas visits are brilliant and the annual Christmas Fayre. We've been the past 3 years however 2020 was a little lacking for the price with less stalls than advertised when we visited on a Friday... but that's probably to be expected with things as they are. I hope The Bowes Museum continue to do activities, exhibits and events for families with children of all ages. It's so nice to see historical places involving children and giving them a love for museums 😊
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Traveller123Durham wrote a review Dec 2020
Durham7 contributions7 helpful votes
We were really looking forward to visiting the museum, as we had not been before. When arriving we had to pay £10 just to park, which was a little pricey as we were staying for 2 hours. On arrival, when asking for some assistance from a member of staff they were so rude and unhelpful. This spoilt our visit from the outset. As a museum, not great. Christmas market - disgrace, especially for what they charge for you (additional charge) to just to enter the market and look around on top of everything else. Couldn’t even stay the full hour - whole experience, terrible!!!! Try somewhere else!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Lynda I wrote a review Dec 2020
Barnard Castle, United Kingdom65 contributions27 helpful votes
The museum has a wide range of interesting exhibits and often has shows and activities by modern artists. The cafe and shop are excellent. We love to walk in the grounds at all times of the year. The autumn colours were fantastic.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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MerseysideTinkerbell wrote a review Nov 2020
Merseyside, United Kingdom3,597 contributions407 helpful votes
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We came here as we were having a couple of days in Newcastle and then noticed that it was on the Tesco Clubcard vouchers list for entry and as we had vouchers to use then we thought on the way home we would come here. Unfortunately the weather was torrential and so we did not go around the grounds or the village but would definately love to come back and have another look around and the village etc. What we were not aware of until we had actually arrived was that we had seen about the silver swan on a programme and that it was actually here! Although due to covid restrictions it was not actually running as it would create a crowd they did have a video of it working for you to see and in some ways we felt that this was perhaps better as you could go and look and take photos of it at your leisure without anyone else by it and then just watch the video of how it moves when it is going. I also thought that the costumes were brilliant, you rarely see any costumes and the large dresses they used to wear etc and to see so many was a real treat, I loved them. There are so many wonderful things here and we were very pleased that we had come and would recommend it to anyone and especially if you have Tesco Clubcard vouchers as then of course it is effectively a free day out for doing your grocery shopping!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Geraldine L wrote a review Oct 2020
Hexham, United Kingdom93 contributions23 helpful votes
We booked an outside tour before going round this unique museum. What a treat. Our visit was greatly enhanced due to our excellent knowledgeable guide Ray who gave us the history and insight into the museum which added to the whole experience. Well done Ray! By the way the museum restaurant food is very very good, which is rare for these places!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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