The Bowes Museum > Exhibitions > 2016 > Shoes: Pleasure and Pain > Accommodation


For those of you coming to see the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition from further afield and who may wish to stay and enjoy some of the delights of Teesdale, or merely take some time out from your busy everyday lives, and are looking for something more intimate, home-from-home or family-friendly then you can search a whole host of comfortable B&B's, guest houses and self-catering cottages at Durham’s official tourism website, Welcome to Yorkshire or Explore . For those of you who would like to relax in luxurious surroundings we have teamed up with some high quality hotels, offering exclusive discounts.

Headlam Hall

This charming family owned and run 17th century country mansion stands in beautiful gardens surrounded by its own rolling farmland and offers luxurious accommodation, a stunning spa and enjoyable golf course.It is an idyllic rural retreat in picturesque Teesdale of the Durham Dales, near to Barnard Castle & North Yorkshire.Winner of North East England Small Hotel of the Year 2009/10, Headlam Hall is an independent family run hotel and enjoys an excellent reputation for high standards of accommodation and cuisine, combined with helpful and friendly service. For details of their package click here.

Middleton Lodge

Middleton Lodge is a private Georgian country estate near Richmond, North Yorkshire. The main house is available for exclusive hire as your own country mansion. The Coach House restaurant with rooms is now open within the Georgian estate as a chic country retreat. For details of their package click here.


The Morritt

Escape the urban hubbub, relax and unwind at The Morritt Country House Hotel & The Garage Spa.Situated in picturesque Teesdale countryside, and easily accessible from the A66, we offer northern welcomes and an unstuffy, romantic atmosphere. With award-winning food, a luxurious modern spa, and individually designed guest rooms, we’re perfect for short breaks, special occasions, weddings or an escape from the every-day. For details of their package click here.

The Rose and Crown Hotel

This boutique dales 18th century inn has all of the character that you would hope to find in an archetypal rural hostelry.... thick stone walls, beamed ceilings, open fires and a warm, friendly welcome. You will also see contemporary and luxurious touches that sympathetically blend with the period features providing a wonderfully relaxing ambiance. This 14 bedroom award winning inn has great food at its heart utilising the fabulous local produce of the surrounding countryside. For details of their package click here.

Information about reopening

We are delighted the Prime Minister has announced that museums can reopen this summer. We understand you are excited at the prospect of visiting The Bowes Museum and would like to assure you we have been developing plans to welcome you back into our beautiful building by late August; we are working on vital social distancing measures so you, staff and volunteers can be confident of a safe environment which everyone can enjoy.

We take pride in offering a relaxed and enjoyable day out for all the family, and with that in mind we are extending the Museum passes we have issued in the last year. Our exceptional Norman Cornish exhibition will continue until Autumn 2020 and we are planning to release details of a packed events programme, including the Christmas Market, over the coming weeks.

In the meantime the grounds of The Bowes Museum are open to be enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, in line with the government guidance on COVID-19. The parkland can be accessed through the front pedestrian gates between 10.30-4.45 daily. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding, and ask people to respect social distancing guidelines when they visit.

You can keep up to date with developments, including our reopening date here or on our Facebook and Twitter.