The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum
Barnard Castle, County Durham

Average time spent – 1-2 hours.

Things to do at The Bowes Museum review

The Bowes museum is an arts and textiles museum in Barnard Castle, County Durham. The museum was purpose built in the 19th century and has an internationally significant collection of fine and decorative arts.

At every turn you can see important and precious works from all over Europe, each with its own story to tell. The most important and significant piece is the 240 year old Silver Swan. It is a silver automaton and is still in working order which is operated by the museum staff on a daily basis.

The large collection spans three floors with more items than you could possibly list. The museum is surrounded by parks and gardens. They were originally designed by the creators of the museum and today you can enjoy a walk around the grounds. There is also a new childrens’ play area with a climbing frame, balancing logs and bars, a slide, large bucket swing, stepping stones and a bridge beem.

There is also a woodland walk with wheelchair and buggie accessible paths. The park now attracts lots of wildlife and is a popular place to visit. Look out for the wooden totem poles by the entrance to the play area.

Covid 19 – Please check the website or social media of an attraction before visiting. Many places may be open differently and some remain closed. Reviews do not mention all of these changes or possible price changes. Most places now require you to pre-book online in advance.

Important Information The Bowes Museum

Eating – There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to picnic outdoors.

Facilities in brief – Museum dedicated to arts and textiles across three floors, play area, woodland walks and gardens. There are toilets and a cafe.

Entry price – *Mid-range but good value
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range but good value as once you have purchased your tickets you can return for free for the next 12 months as much as you please. Adult tickets are £14.00 and children under 18 are £5. Family passes are available.

Opening: The museum is open daily but closed on the 25th and 26th December and the 1st January. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.

Dog friendly? Assistance dogs are welcome, dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds.

Information on accessibility

Address: Newgate, Barnard Castle DL12 8NP, County Durham, England. Phone: 01833 690606

Category – Museum and gardens – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.

The Bowes Museum
The Bowes Museum
The Bowes Museum

*This post contains affiliate links

Find a Great Family-Friendly Hotel in County Durham


Find us on Facebook and Instagram 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.