The Bowes Museum, County Durham

The first sight of this French style château , just 13 miles from Scotch Corner, never fails to astonish.
The Bowes Museum, County Durham

Nestled in the picturesque market town of Barnard Castle, County Durham, The Bowes Museum is a cultural gem that combines art, history and architecture.

Founded by Joséphine and John Bowes, the Museum is renowned for its diverse and remarkable collection of paintings, sculptures, textiles, ceramics and more, showcasing both household names and lesser-known artists.

The French-style public Museum provides visitors with an immersive journey through art and history, offering a unique opportunity to explore the treasures of the past in a beautiful and inspiring setting.

2024 sees the Silver Swan performing on a weekly basis, the opening of 4 new gallery spaces and 2 new storage facilities and a powerful exhibition celebrating the Northern artists Norman Cornish and L S Lowry.


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

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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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