The Bowes Museum is a magnificent French château created in the late 19th century by John and Joséphine Bowes. The museum houses internationally renowned collections of European fine and decorative arts spanning five centuries.

We have a range of resources for families to make a visit extra special.

These resources include:

  • play area
  • woodland walks
  • picnic areas
  • museum explorer backpacks
  • toddler trail
  • interactive resources and orienteering trails
  • summer family exhibitions

In addition, we hold regular family events in the school holidays. During term time we host a weekly toddler group and also an After School Club for children aged between 7-12 years. Please visit our website for more information.

When is it on?

Time of day
Session information
10.00am - 5.00pm daily
We are closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Who to contact

01833 690 606

Where to go

Barnard Castle
County Durham
DL12 8NP

Other details

Cost description
For the most up to date admission, please refer to the website.
Special offers to Children and Young People's Network (CYPN) Members
CYPN members get the following benefit(s):
Carer goes free.

Local Offer

Local Offer description

Our disabled facilities:

  • level access
  • lift
  • assistance dogs permitted
  • wheelchair hire - free loan
  • wheelchair access in all areas
Contact telephone
01833 690 606
Contact email

Durham County Council's Families Information Service does not promote nor endorse the services advertised on this website. Anyone seeking to use/access such services does so at their own risk and may make all appropriate enquiries about fitness for purpose and suitability to meet their needs.
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Address: Newgate  Barnard Castle  County Durham

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