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The Bowes Museum

A66, Barnard Castle DL12 8NP , England
+44 (0)1833 690606
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, History Museums
Owner description: It’s been delighting visitors for more than 100 years, and now a £12m revamp has transformed The Bowes Museum into a must see 21st Century place to... more » Owner description: It’s been delighting visitors for more than 100 years, and now a £12m revamp has transformed The Bowes Museum into a must see 21st Century place to visit.A romantic history, stunning galleries, great location, fine dining, top class exhibitions, family fun events, a thriving toddler group – all these can be discovered inside this fabulous listed building which resembles a French chateau.And that’s not all. It’s surrounded by parkland, woodland walks, formal gardens and a newly opened children’s play area.No visit is complete without a browse in our shop, or a delicious snack in Café Bowes.If you’re looking for a great day out, make The Bowes Museum your destination of choice. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute info on what’s on when. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

One of the best museums that I've been to, not in a major city. The collection is easily as good as what might be expected in a national museum and yet with a local twist. It's full of interesting artefacts and pictures. The mechanical swan certainly lived up to its billing. I could definitely go back again and if I... More

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Manchester, England
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Likes - the magnificent building. If you have not heard about it you will be stunned. The fabulous variety of collections with some simply stunning must see exhibits. Nice shop and cafe.

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newcastle, england
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88 reviews 88 reviews
17 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Barnard Castle is not easily reached from any direction on fast roads but the journey from our Tyneside home was both pleasantly scenic and worthwhile after a 75 minute drive.. This museum is set in pleasant well maintained grounds and has a stunning French designed exterior. Inside it is similarly well maintained with some wonderful exhibits including the Pitman Painters... More

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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Looking for something to do on a wet day, my family visited the Bowes Museum. The house looks magnificent as you pull in through the gates, and some of the rooms such as the dining room are equally impressive inside. There are some very interesting exhibitions - I particularly liked the ones on Victorian childhood and fashion - and the... More

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Skipton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Decided to call in on a spur of the moment decision and was not disappointed. Although not that interested in ceramics was able to enjoy the rest of the museum and was I thrilled by the Silver Swan. A good collection of paintings some done by Josephine Bowes herself. There are spectacular grounds, a good shop and restaurant.

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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Set in beautiful grounds overlooking the dales. Great cafe and a must see when visiting Teesdale. The museum with the famous silver swan is also highly worth going in to.

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Exhibits set out well with good descriptions. Great if you are interested in ceramics. Get there before 2.00pm to see the mechanical silver swan in action. Lovely grounds to explore

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Having never visited either Bowes museum or Barnard Castle we decided on the day to visit both. Arriving at 10.30 were immediately impressed with the view from the entrance gateway. To say the least, a building being very impressive (facing south, catching the daily sun ) having magnitude and presence. We were met on our entrance by a member of... More

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Jarrow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Whilst weekending at Blackwell Grange Bowes Museum turned out to be a cultural gem. If you want a quick visit don't go 4hrs minimum to look around and take in all it has to offer.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Incredible variety of permanent exhibits (including a two headed calf). The silver swan is always going to be a highlight but the David Hockney exhibition was equally impressive. There is so much to see and the whole museum is beautifully laid out and the exhibits presented so well that 5 hours seemed to pass very quickly. Recommended for any visitor... More

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