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Groups & Coaches


Welcome

The Bowes Museum welcomes groups and coaches, and has a dedicated Groups Co-ordinator to help you plan a fantastic day out, designed especially for your group. Find the Groups Visits Leaflet here

There are many advantages to booking in a group*, including:

  • Discounted admission rate of £10.00 per person, for groups of 12 or more
  • Free admission for your group organiser
  • Free admission and a Café Bowes voucher for your coach driver
  • Complimentary guided tour for your group
  • Free coach parking on hard standing
  • Free preview visit for you and a guest

Groups of 20 or more can also enjoy free exclusive use of the luxurious Jubilee Room, splendidly decorated with silks and a chandelier, and with views over the beautiful surrounding Teesdale countryside. Group dining is the most convenient way to make your visit special- please browse our delicious menu here. Groups are also welcome to visit Café Bowes at their leisure. 
 

Specialist groups will enjoy a gallery talk by one of the Museum's curators. Curator talks are available Monday-Friday, subject to availability and are charged at £60.00 per hour, please contact us for more information.

Barnard Castle is a short walk from the Museum, and groups with a relaxed itinerary will enjoy browsing the wide range of independent shops in this most attractive and historic market town.

To book your group visit or for more information contact us on 01833 690606 or email>

For other local attractions and itinerary ideas please visit Discover Durham>

“Bowes was the highlight of this year’s programme,  and I cannot thank you enough for the careful attention and prior planning you put into making the visit a success. All the  guides were fantastic, and the two  French speaking ones were especially appreciated, they made such a big contribution to the way our French guests enjoyed their visit. Please pass on our appreciation to all the staff that work hard to keep this fantastic altruistic monument safe and a joy to visit.”
Margaret James -Barber, Chair, Kellets Town Twinning Association

To find out how much other groups have enjoyed their visit to The Bowes Museum, please see more testimonials here.
* Please note that the benefits available on this page are not all available to school group visits. Please see the Learn pages of this website for more information on what we can offer school groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.