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The Bowes Museum is a great day out for all visitors, including families, couples, the young and old, and special interest groups. Whether you’re looking for a fun and inspiring day out for the whole family, a quiet cultural sojourn for two or a group excursion with a difference, a visit to the Museum has it all. Its world-class temporary exhibition programme complements its eclectic collections of fine art, textiles, period furniture, ceramics, silver and local history artefacts, and there’s a great love story told in the John & Joséphine galleries about our founders and their amazing history.

There are acres of beautiful parkland to explore before you’ve even set foot inside, with woodland walks that are easily navigable and accessible for wheelchairs and buggies, perfect for a tranquil picnic or burning off energy in the children’s playground. A vibrant and varied outdoor programme of events are held in the grounds, including seasonal markets, car rallies and outdoor theatre productions.

Visit Café Bowes for an array of delicious light bites, or refuel the troops with hearty main meals, heavenly puds and drinks. Seasonal menus change regularly and incorporate locally-sourced produce and sumptuous dishes created by Head Chef, Davey, complemented by a great selection of fine wines and beer. Round off your trip with a treat from the Museum shop, which stocks a myriad of gifts, cards and art history books and is continually stocked with fresh and innovative items to complement the Museum’s exhibition programme, including exhibition catalogues, postcards and toys.

The Bowes Museum is also available as a corporate venue for meetings and conferences, and is a magnificent and memorable setting for weddings and other special occasions. It has also been used as a glamorous film location and venue for fashion shoots.

Our Education team has created a wealth of workshops for schools and a great offer for families, including creative hands-on activities inspired by the collections and exploring themes in the exhibitions, a regular toddler group and after school club, trails and resources to engage young children.

Location:

The Museum is in the picturesque market town of Barnard Castle, County Durham situated in the heart of the Pennines in North East England. The town is just off the A66, 20 minutes by car from Scotch Corner (A1), 40 minutes from Penrith (M6) and 40 minutes from Durham Tees Valley Airport.

From the A1 take the A66 westbound at Scotch Corner interchange (just south of Darlington). After approximately 11 miles, and just after Greta Bridge, signs will indicate a right turn towards the town of Barnard Castle. Follow this road for approximately 3 miles, crossing the River Tees via Abbey Bridge, to reach Barnard Castle. As you approach Barnard Castle, signs will indicate The Bowes Museum on the right hand side of the road.

From the M6 follow the A66 eastbound from Penrith via Brough and Bowes. At Bowes follow the A67 into Barnard Castle (about 4 miles) and cross the River Tees via the County Bridge. Continue along this road and up the steep bank towards the round stone Market Cross.Turn right at the cross into Newgate and the museum is about 400m along this road and on your left.

If travelling south via the A68, stay on this road until you reach West Auckland where you should take the A688 towards Barnard Castle. On arrival in Barnard Castle take the 2nd exit from the mini roundabout near the petrol station and follow this road through the centre of Barnard Castle, past the cobbled market place, until you reach the round stone Market Cross. Turn left here into Newgate and the museum is about 400m along this road and on your left.

If travelling from Durham City via Bishop Auckland take the A688 from Bishop Auckland towards West Auckland and continue on this road to Barnard Castle. On arrival in Barnard Castle take the 2nd exit from the mini roundabout near the petrol station and follow this road through the centre of Barnard Castle, past the cobbled market place, until you reach the round stone Market Cross. Turn left here into Newgate and the museum is about 400m along this road and on your left.

If travelling from Darlington take the A67 via Gainford. On arrival in Barnard Castle take the first exit from the mini roundabout near the petrol station and follow this road through the centre of Barnard Castle, past the cobbled market place, until you reach the round stone Market Cross. Turn left here into Newgate and the museum is about 400m along this road and on your left.

The nearest Rail Station is Darlington on the East Coast Mainline from London King’s Cross. Please see details in section on Public Transport.

There is ample free parking on site, with coach and accessible parking bays.

For Satellite Navigation Systems The Bowes Museum postcode is DL12 8NP.

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