The Bowes Museum, County Durham
The first sight of this French style château, just 13 miles from Scotch Corner, never fails to astonish.
Purpose built in the 19th Century by Joséphine Bowes, an artist and actress, a pioneer far ahead of her time with her great love and husband, John Bowes.
Boasting some of the best examples of European fine 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, Furniture and Ceramics. Acclaimed Exhibitions, a varied programme of events, a seasonal menu in the refurbished Café Bowes and fabulous gift shop set in 20 acres of beautiful parkland all make for a day out not to be missed.
Features & Accessibility
- Visit England VAQAS
- Accredited Museum
- Winter Opening
- Children’s Playground
- Group Visits
- Dogs welcome on leads (grounds only)
- Facilities for wheelchair users & those with limited mobility
- Facilities for visual impairments
- Facilities for auditory impairments
Things to do
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The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP
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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