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The Bowes Museum

Newgate | Barnard Castle, Barnard Castle DL12 8NP, England
+44 1833 690606
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Mrs W

Amazing building, beautiful architecture , will deffitnely be back. And will spread the word of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Richmond, United Kingdom
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Interesting but, at the same time, a bit disappointing.

I was disappointed because, in my humble opinion, I didn't think the curation of this museum was up... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christine P
Droitwich, 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
+44 1833 690606

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Amazing building, beautiful architecture , will deffitnely be back. And will spread the word of this beautiful place

Thank angela1967april
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was disappointed because, in my humble opinion, I didn't think the curation of this museum was up to scratch. A lot of the information was not in the right place. And a lot of information was missing. The film about the Bowes couple was...More

Thank Christine P
Rachael F, Marketing Manager at The Bowes Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear you were disappointed in the curation of the Museum. Our curators work hard to make sure our collection and exhibitions are as interactive and informative as possible. If you could please e-mail us directly...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The cafe staff were friendly, as were the people who worked in the first two floors, but if you are a non-white person then avoid going to see the pictures on the top floor - the security staff are quite racist and you'll be trolled...More

Thank Arthur M
Rachael F, Marketing Manager at The Bowes Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am sorry to hear of your recent experience at The Bowes Museum. The Museum promotes a culture of equality and diversity, dignity, courtesy and respect. We work hard to create a diverse programme of events and exhibitions to appeal to audiences of all backgrounds...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really nice building with well looked after gardens. Well laid out and there have been some amazing exhibitions here over the last few years. The only thing that lets it down is the cafe. The service there isn’t great and they never seem to have...More

Thank jessliberty17
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful museum where you need to spend several hours as there is so much to see. The cafe and shop are quality too. Be sure to be on the second floor for 2.00 pm to see the swan in action and find...More

Thank John Delamere C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must to see,we were blown away with this beautiful museum and fantastic collections and Fine art if you are in the area please visit you won't be dissapointed.

Thank Carolyn C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fabulous place to visit for its art and ceramics collections alone but also has beautiful gardens. The amount of items collected is stunning and beautifully displayed. The picture galleries house works by many famous artists and the ceramics cover a very wide range. There...More

Thank maat49
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a must if you're in the area. Various exhibitions including changing "special " ones. The rooms and short video dedicated to the founders is worth seeing first. Excellent food and cakes in the cafe, always a good idea to break your visit there before...More

Thank Lynda F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful artefacts kept in beautiful, appropriate surroundings. Happily spent 4 hours here following the tulip trail, a children and young at heart quiz sheet! Completing the questions kept our interest by forcing us to look at the exhibits in more detail. The climax of the...More

Thank Mummysocks
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a stunning building and grounds from the outside. Inside there is a lovely collection of paintings as well as many other rooms with various exhibits to explore. An excellent collection with the highlight being the famous silver swan. Once you purchase a ticket...More

Thank pjags
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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
David G
5 September 2017|
Response from Joanne S |
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).
3 September 2017|
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Response from Quixote2001 | Reviewed this property |
I think the admission price is for the museum and the cafe. Entrance to the grounds is free as far as I am aware.