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The Bowes Museum is a hidden treasure, a jewel in the heart of beautiful Teesdale. The magnificent building stands proud in the historic market town of Barnard Castle housing internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts, including; fashion and textiles, ceramics, furniture and paintings (including works by Turner, Goya and El Greco). 

Purpose built in the 19th century by John and Joséphine Bowes, the Museum has a growing reputation for its vibrant exhibition and events programme. 

The signature exhibit in the permanent collections is the life size 230-year-old Silver Swan musical automaton, which plays every day to fascinated onlookers.

The magnificent Grade 1 listed building also houses the acclaimed Café Bowes, described as ‘the best museum food in the North East’, and an excellent shop to complement your visit.


Free on site parking, Café/restaurant, Toilets, Picnic site, Children’s Play Area, Woodland Walks, All areas accessible for disabled visitors, Facilities for hearing & visually impaired, Parking and toilets for disabled, Assistance dogs permitted.


Adults £9.00 Concessions £8.00 Children free

Discounted rates and benefits available for groups of 12+  when booked in advance


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