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Location


The Museum is in the picturesque market town of Barnard Castle, County Durham situated in the heart of the Pennines in North East England. The town is just off the A66, 20 minutes by car from Scotch Corner (A1), 40 minutes from Penrith (M6) and 40 minutes from Durham Tees Valley Airport.

From the A1 take the A66 westbound at Scotch Corner interchange (just south of Darlington). After approximately 11 miles, and just after Greta Bridge, signs will indicate a right turn towards the town of Barnard Castle. Follow this road for approximately 3 miles, crossing the River Tees via Abbey Bridge, to reach Barnard Castle. As you approach Barnard Castle, signs will indicate The Bowes Museum on the right hand side of the road.

From the M6 follow the A66 eastbound from Penrith via Brough and Bowes. At Bowes follow the A67 into Barnard Castle (about 4 miles) and cross the River Tees via the County Bridge. Continue along this road and up the steep bank towards the round stone Market Cross.Turn right at the cross into Newgate and the museum is about 400m along this road and on your left.

If travelling south via the A68, stay on this road until you reach West Auckland where you should take the A688 towards Barnard Castle. On arrival in Barnard Castle take the 2nd exit from the mini roundabout near the petrol station and follow this road through the centre of Barnard Castle, past the cobbled market place, until you reach the round stone Market Cross. Turn left here into Newgate and the museum is about 400m along this road and on your left.

If travelling from Durham City via Bishop Auckland take the A688 from Bishop Auckland towards West Auckland and continue on this road to Barnard Castle. On arrival in Barnard Castle take the 2nd exit from the mini roundabout near the petrol station and follow this road through the centre of Barnard Castle, past the cobbled market place, until you reach the round stone Market Cross. Turn left here into Newgate and the museum is about 400m along this road and on your left.

If travelling from Darlington take the A67 via Gainford. On arrival in Barnard Castle take the first exit from the mini roundabout near the petrol station and follow this road through the centre of Barnard Castle, past the cobbled market place, until you reach the round stone Market Cross. Turn left here into Newgate and the museum is about 400m along this road and on your left.

The nearest Rail Station is Darlington on the East Coast Mainline from London King's Cross. Please see details in section on Public Transport.

There is ample free parking on site, with coach and accessible parking bays.

For Satellite Navigation Systems The Bowes Museum postcode is DL12 8NP.

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The Bowes Museum grounds are open!


Due to the government announcement on Thursday 17 December, that County Durham is to remain in COVID tier 3 restrictions, The Bowes Museum unfortunately will remain closed to all visitors. However, the grounds remain open to visitors from 10.00 - 4.00 daily, and we are currently hosting a woodland fairy trail, two spring trails and outdoor guided tours are available from 29 March 2021.

As we have already been shut for a number of weeks and there is much uncertainty around possible further restrictions, we have decided to use this period to undertake some work in Café Bowes, alongside performing some much-needed structural repairs to the building, notably to the windows. January and February are usually quieter times for the Museum, often due to severe weather, so we believe that this is the best time to carry out such works with the least amount of disruption to our visitors.

We have therefore decided to remain closed for a period of four weeks following any near-future tier 2 announcement from the government, as this will allow us time to deep clean the Museum prior to reopening our doors once again. We will, of course, keep you updated as the guidelines change.

Your ongoing support during these unprecedented times is hugely appreciated and we very much look forward to welcoming you back into the building as early as possible in 2021.

We hope to be able to offer a few COVID-safe outdoor events over the coming months, about which we shall make further announcements as soon as possible.