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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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The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May


Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!