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

See outstanding collections of art, fashion and design housed in an impressive French-style public Museum set in beautiful parkland.

The Bowes Museum is just 13 miles from Scotch Corner and was created by the philanthropists Joséphine and John Bowes.  This family friendly Museum is home to some of the best examples of European fine and decorative arts in the UK with galleries dedicated to paintings, furniture, fashion & textiles, ceramics, silver & metals and more. 

With a fascinating story, an acclaimed exhibition and events programme, celebrating the 250th birthday of the iconic Silver Swan automaton in 2023, family activities, a seasonal menu in Café Bowes and shop, a visit to The Bowes Museum makes a day out to remember.


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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