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Other Cultural Attractions in the Area

The North East of England is home to a wide variety of cultural heritage ranging from stately homes, castles, beautiful gardens and historic buildings.

The Bowes Museum is ideally situated on the border between the stunning Yorkshire Dales and the heritage-rich Durham.  Both Yorkshire and Durham have a wide range of attractions and activities on offer. Why not explore more of this extraordinary county and experience the history and heritage of Durham City, discover award-winning attractions in the Vale of Durham, or dramatic views on the Durham Coast.

For more information visit the official tourism websites This is Durham and 
Welcome To Yorkshire who have a wealth of information for visitors to our region.  We are also part of Yorkshire's Great Houses, Castles and Gardens who provide information to visitor attractions in Yorkshire.

Other cultural attractions which we recommend you visit are:
Auckland Castle - the palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham for over 900 years
Baltic - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle
Beamish Museum - The Living Museum of the North
mima - Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art



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.