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How To Get Here

By Car

The Museum is situated in the beautiful market town of Barnard Castle, County Durham in the heart of the countryside of North East England. It is easily reached from all major roads, being just a mile off the A66, 20 minutes from Scotch Corner and the A1, and 40 minutes from the M6 at Penrith. We have free on-site parking, and accessible parking bays. For those using  satellite navigation our postcode is DL12 8NP.

For more detailed directions from all major routes, see our 
location or you can get directions for all modes of transport from Red Planet Travel. 

By Bus
Bus services run regularly to Barnard Castle from Darlington. Arriva services 75 & 76 leave for Barnard Castle from stand M outside Darlington Town Hall at half hourly intervals. Darlington Town Hall is a 10 minute walk from the rail station. Taxis are available at the rail station. To travel from Bishop Auckland by bus, Arriva service 8 leaves Bondgate in Bishop Auckland at 2 hourly intervals.

To travel from Richmond, Hodgson's service 79 leaves Richmond Market Place at 2 hourly intervals. The Barnard Castle terminus for all these services is in Galgate.

By Train
The Bowes Museum is 23 miles from Darlington rail station which is on the East coast main line. This is regularly served by high speed Virgin trains from London (2 hrs 30 mins), York (30 mins), Newcastle (30 mins) and Edinburgh (2 hrs).

The East coast mainline terminating at London Kings Cross is ideal for travel links direct to the very heart of the European cities of Paris, Brussels and Lille with high speed
Eurostar services. 

By Plane
The nearest airport is Durham Tees Valley (previously known as Teesside). The region's main airport is Newcastle. It has metro links into Newcastle city centre with ongoing rail links to Darlington from Newcastle Central Station.

By Ferry

The nearest ferry ports are Newcastle Ferry Terminal (36 miles) and Hull Ferry Terminal (113 miles).

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Information about closing

19 March 2020

Unfortunately, due to the continuing development of the Coronavirus situation, The Bowes Museum is now closed until further notice. The health and wellbeing of both our customers and our staff is our priority.

Where events can be rescheduled we will endeavour to do so but please be assured that all ticket holders for cancelled events have options on refunds and can contact, however by not requesting a refund you would be making an exceptionally generous and much appreciated charitable donation to The Bowes Museum during these unprecedented times.

Whilst the Museum is closed, we will be working on other ways of sharing our story and collection via our digital platforms. Stay posted for online videos, conversations and more.

We thank you for your patience and your continued support for The Bowes Museum during this unpredictable time. We hope to come back to you with a reopening date shortly, for now, please stay safe and help protect the vulnerable.

25 March 2020

It is with great sadness that The Bowes Museum has taken the decision to temporarily close all gates to the grounds following a spate of vandalism around the parkland.

Since the Museum closed on Wednesday 18 March the benches in the story area have been damaged, the totem pole pulled over and broken, there have been attempts to pull out outdoor trail markers and branches have been pulled down and plants uprooted.

The Museum is working with the police to find the perpetrators of these actions. PC Michael Banks of Durham Constabulary said "This is a shameful piece of criminal damage within the grounds of a historical location in Barnard Castle anyone with information please contact Durham Constabulary quoting reference number DHM23032020-0189"

The Director of The Bowes Museum, Adrian Jenkins, said: "It is a shame that the actions of a few will have an impact on many but this closure also ties in with the latest government advice to stay at home to help restrict the spread of coronavirus and the Museum is following in the footsteps of other organisations who have closed gated parks and gardens.

There are tips from our education officer on the Museum's social media platforms for keeping the kids, and yourselves, entertained while in isolation and we'll be updating the website regularly with new and exciting information about the collection.

In the meantime, please keep safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum and grounds when it reopens."

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

We’ll be back…