We knew the swan automata was sited at Bowes Museum, but wanted to do Pennine walking too. Barnard Castle is the perfect place to start from but don't forget this museum. Actually Museum might be the right label but it's also an exhibition gallery too. Toys, textiles, history, family stories, and Josephine Bowes artwork! Large open spaces, none of the crush I associate with London galleries and museums. Beautiful grounds - even when pouring with rain! A great place to spend a few hours especially as everything is labelled so you can see what you're looking at! It's a simple thing but missing from some places. Lastly while we were there there was a very interesting exhibition about the local man Jeremiah Dixon (Cockfield is nearby) who surveyed the Mason-Dixon line in the USA. FANTASTIC PLACE to visit
BTW you should know that just the swan is 'played' every day for 32 seconds at 2pm and it's guaranteed to make you smile
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