The Bowes Museum

Museum/Heritage/Gallery/Visitor Centre


Surrounded by tranquil gardens and parkland in the historic market town of Barnard Castle, The Bowes Museum is a unique cultural icon. 

This French-style chateau is one of the most important museums outside London, its wonderful history and outstanding treasures having provided inspiration and entertainment since 1892. Today, the designated collection includes some of the best examples of European fine and decorative arts in the UK, including works by Goya, El Greco and Canaletto. 

An endearing exhibit, which stays in visitors’ memories, is the life size 230-year-old Silver Swan musical automaton, played every day to fascinated onlookers.

The permanent collections are complemented by an eclectic exhibition and events programme. 

The magnificent Grade 1 listed building also houses the acclaimed Café Bowes, described as ‘the best museum food in the North East’, and gift shop, offering the perfect way to wind up your visit.


Type Price
Annual pass £14.00
Annual pass - Concession £12.00
Family annual pass - 2 adults £30.00
Family annual pass - 1 adult £16.00
Student (day entry) £6.00
Young people (under 18 – day entry) £5.00
Child (under 5) Free

Opening Hours

Sun 10:00 17:00
Mon 10:00 17:00
Tue 10:00 17:00
Wed 10:00 17:00
Thu 10:00 17:00
Fri 10:00 17:00
Sat 10:00 17:00


  • Disabled Access
  • On-Site Parking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Indoor
  • Card Payment
  • Annual Pass


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