Opening Hours & Admission


The Bowes Museum is open daily. Closed only 25 & 26 December & 1 January.

Please note that due to the royal visit taking place on 15 February parking on the drive will be suspended. However, there is plenty of parking in the car park and disabled parking isn't affected. Bag searches will also take place on entering the building.

The Silver Swan plays daily at 2.00. 

Galleries & Exhibitions

10.00 – 5.00, Free Daily Tours running 30 April - 31 October at 11.30 from reception
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Admission Price

Enjoy unlimited entry at The Bowes Museum and temporary exhibitions all year around.

Annual Pass - Adults £14.00
Annual Pass - Concessions (Over 60) £12.00
Family Pass - 2 Adults (Up to 4 Children) £30.00
Family Pass - 1 Adult (Up to 4 Children) £16.00
Students (On production of Student Card) £6.00
Children (Under 18) £5.00

Free Entry

National Art Pass (On production of membership card) Free entry
Friends of The Bowes Museum Free entry
Children (Under 5) Free entry
Accompanying Carers Free entry

Groups & Coaches

Pre-booked groups of 12+ paying visitors £7.00
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Café Bowes

Open 10.00 – 4.30 Free entry
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Gift Shop

Open 11.00 - 4.00 Free entry
Excluding Saturday (11.00 - 4.45) Free entry
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Reading Room

Operating on a two-week rota, for dates and times click here Free entry

Anyone wishing to access the new facility is advised to make an appointment, which will also enable them to check that we hold the relevant material they seek.

To book call 01833 690606 ext 208, email libraryandarchives@thebowesmuseum.org.uk or write to The Reference Library and Archives, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, DL12 8NP.

Click here for more information about the Reading Room