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“Silver Swan” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.
Carlisle, Cumbria
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35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Silver Swan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

There was just so much to see at the Museum, we spent most of the day there, and of course had to see the fabulous 'silver swan' in action - all 32 seconds of it! absolutely marvellous. Liked the fact that there were seats available throughout, and the cafe was very good with a wide choice at reasonable prices. The art and porcelain collection were wonderful.

Visited November 2012
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31 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

An iconic architectural gem in the landscape.
The exhibits inside aren't bad either! Yes. there's the famous, mechanical, silver swan but afficianados of the multitude of TV antique Trips, Roadshows and Auctions will be overwhelmed by the quality of the Porcelain, Art, Furnishings, Fashion and a lot more collected by John & Josephine Bowes over many years.
From my first visit aged 12 (too many years ago) this purpose built museum has expanded & flourished exponentially.
The intelligent & communicative displays are internationally important.
I just can't wait to visit the new HiTech Fashion exhibition which should rival the National Fashion Museum in Bath.

Thank vlatava
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44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

Lovely day out even though not really that into the Bowes Lyons. Nicely laid out. Hands on for kids and big kids too! The highlight is the clockwork swan which operates twice daily - we got there ofr 2 o' clock. Cafe good and not over priced

Visited July 2012
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Sedgefield, United Kingdom
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164 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“'Gobsmacking. . .'”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

There's a lovely old Yorkshire word (at least I think it originates from Yorkshire) that sums up anything that is outstanding in every respect - 'gobsmacking'. It could well have been invented for Bowes Museum.A visit really is an amazing experience and not just to see the swan which is clearly the highlight of any tour of this purpose-built museum for many people. I'm told that the building houses 10,000 beautiful examples of art, ceramics, fabrics and furniture. We were there in mid-November but I can imagine that the grounds are an absolute delight in summer. Not to be missed is the coffee shop, In itself, it is a real treasure.By the way, I wonder how many visitors who marvel at the 30-plus second display by the swan (which dips its beak into the water and then catches and swallows a small fish) realise that swans are actually vegetarian. We certainly didn't until the fact was pointed out to us by a very enthusiastic guide. As I said at the beginning, it was a gobsmacking experience.

Visited November 2012
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“good day out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

We visited Bowes museum last week for the first time, it was a great couple of hours spent looking around with the kids. The Swan was obviously the highlight but was over so quick, 35 seconds

The grounds were pretty but as it rained we did not spend much time looking at them.

Visited October 2012
Thank Nigel C
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