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Public Transport


The Bowes Museum is 17 miles from Darlington rail station which is on the East coast main line. This is regularly served by high speed trains from London (2 hrs 30 mins), York (30 mins), Newcastle (30 mins) and Edinburgh (2 hrs).

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.

Bishop Auckland rail station is 16 miles from Barnard Castle. 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.

The nearest airport is Durham Tees Valley ( previously known as Teesside ). Arriva service 12 leaves the airport for Darlington at 20 minutes past and 47 minutes past the hour.

The region's main airport is Newcastle. It has metro connections into Newcastle city centre with rail links to Darlington from Newcastle Central Station.

To find out more about public transport call 0871 200 22 33. Visitors to The Bowes Museum who travel by public transport receive £1 off admission price on production of a valid transport ticket.

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.