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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.

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The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you!

You are able to enjoy the hugely popular Norman Cornish: The Definitive Collection, Pre-Raphaelite Knights: Reinventing the Medieval World and blimey! Lucretia exhibitions as well as an exciting programme of family workshops throughout the summer holidays.

The health and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers are our priority, and in line with the latest Government guidance on COVID-19 the changes we have made will help you to feel confident, safe and enjoy your visit.

Entry to the Museum has to be booked before you visit here or by telephoning us on 01833 690606. Details about what to expect when you visit are available when you click here.