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 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 and Ceramics. Acclaimed exhibitions, a varied programme of events, seasonal food in Café Bowes and a fabulous gift shop all 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

Things to do

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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.

All visits must be pre-booked online. 


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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