The Bowes Museum, County Durham

This year sees The Bowes Museum celebrate its 125th anniversary.
The Bowes Museum, County Durham

The first sight of this French style château, just 13 miles off Scotch Corner, never fails to astonish.

Purpose built in the 19th Century by businessman John Bowes and his French wife Joséphine, it’s the North’s Museum of Art, Fashion and Design.

Boasting some of the best examples of European ne and decorative arts in the UK, including masterpieces by Canaletto, Goya and El Greco, there are stunning galleries dedicated to Fashion & Textiles, Silver & Metals, British Decorative Arts and Ceramics. Acclaimed Exhibitions, including ‘Lego: Building The Bowes Museum’, a varied programme of events, Café Bowes and Shop make for a day out not to be missed.


Features & Accessibility

  • Visit England VAQAS
  • Accredited Museum
  • Winter Opening
  • Children’s Playground
  • Tearoom
  • Group Visits
  • Dogs welcome on leads (grounds only)
  • Facilities for wheelchair users & those with limited mobility
  • Facilities for visual impairments
  • Facilities for auditory impairments

The Bowes Museum


The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP

01833 690606

Opening times

Open daily 10am–5pm. Closed only 25 & 26 December & 1 January.


Just off the A66, 13 miles west of Scotch Corner/A1 interchange, in the Pennines in the North of England. 17 miles from Darlington Train Station.

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