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The Bowes Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Popped in again and still find things to fascinate me

This is a lovely place to go. Full of amazing things. The price might seem a bit high for some. But... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
John R
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Durham, United Kingdom
Very pleasant vist

Lovely grounds, good access, pleasant cafe. A good and interesting time. Could perhaps improve the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Christopher E
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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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...more
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Newgate, Barnard Castle DL12 8NP, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a lovely place to go. Full of amazing things. The price might seem a bit high for some. But you can return on the same ticket within the time permitting. This is my second visit and I love it.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank John R
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lovely grounds, good access, pleasant cafe. A good and interesting time. Could perhaps improve the ecoetidnce by directional signs to ensure you visit the family history section first.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Christopher E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the outside the building is amazing but inside the space is on par with any of the big Victorian London museums. The collection is huge, varied and well displayed. We found the information about the Bowes personal history to be well worth watching as...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank AyBee71
Reviewed 1 week ago

On arrival the sheer size and bulk of the building creates a sense of awe. Inside the collection is astounding. We went early in the day after a short drive from our hotel and were fresh, you need to be as there's a lot here...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank PeterQ008
Reviewed 1 week ago

the swan is great, there is a mis-labeled exhibit in the porcelain. but there are about 10,000 other things so thats not bad. I liked it and can go again tomorrow and every day for a year which is nice.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank bobthebadgerisbetter
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots to see and our visit lasted a lot longer than anticipated. Very friendly helpful and informative staff.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Wendot
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are visiting Barnard Castle it is worth a visit to The Bowes Museum. This building was purpose built in the 19th century by John and Joséphine Bowes, as a Museum to house their collection of all manner of things which they had collected...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing museum and art gallery with a great range of exhibitions. Much more extensive than I would expect for a small rural setting. Very well worth a visit

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank WillStaffordshire
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were absolutely blown away by the wonderful Bowes Museum - so much to see. Needless to say the silver swan was the highlight but so were the clothes through the ages and the two fabulous Caneletto pictures. Very helpful staff and an excellent cafe....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank dizieb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An outstanding museum the silver swan is worth seeing in action. A couple of lovely large Canaletto’s. Very good restaurant and friendly staff

Date of experience: April 2019
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670gemmah
April 9, 2019|
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Response from 2010mustang | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are large areas of parkland type areas around the museum
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Climber10203496806
February 6, 2019|
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Response from 898zarae | Reviewed this property |
Adults are £14 and children under 18 are £5 (per person) Family pass for 2 adults and up to 4 children is £30 Family pass for 1 adult and up to 4 children is £16
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RASB100
December 30, 2018|
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Response from 2010mustang | Reviewed this property |
It is definitely worth visiting for the fashion exhibition alone. I believe it is being shown at other venues around the UK after this period.
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