What is The Bowes Museum?

The Bowes Museum is a beautiful, imposing building set in impressive grounds.

It is a highly significant institution to anyone interested in art, history, science and culture.

The grounds alone can offer a beautiful walk out, utilised by walkers and cyclists if you just fancy taking in some beautiful gardens, topiary and well manicured lawns.

The Bowes Museum is located on the outskirts of the picturesque market town of Barnard Castle, in Teesdale, County Durham, and is home to:

  • First world war commemoration project
  • Galleries, exhibitions and events which change regularly to feature and discuss different artists, history, religion and science
  • Displays of paintings, antiques and other art work
  • Displays celebrating locally, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists
  • Seasonal events
  • Conservation of historic objects for display in the museum
  • Research and scholarships; the archiving of culturally and historically paramount pieces with the aim of raising awareness for the purposes of education, research and training
  • Online resources and activities for both adults and children, from educational videos to craft sessions and more!
  • Learning opportunities for primary school and secondary school aged children
  • Education and training for those studying at university and beyond standard
  • Reading room
  • Library
  • Café
  • Gift shop
  • Stunning, unforgettable  and unique venue for weddings


  • There is disabled parking on site.
  • There is an accessible entrance at the rear of the building.
  • There is accessible toilets.
  • There is a lift to all floors of the building.
  • Wheelchairs can be loaned out.
  • There are stools in the galleries.
  • There is specialist tours.
  • There are large printed guides available.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.

For more information about The Bowes Museum check out their website.

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Q What is access like for pushchairs and those using wheelchairs or with limited mobility

The staff are extremely friendly and approachable and will do anything to assist those with additional needs. Access is across gravel and paved areas, internal access provide a lift to all storeys.

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