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Bowes Museum, Newgate

Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle, Durham DL12 8NP View on map

French style chateau, built between 1869 - c1885 as a museum by John and Joséphine Bowes, designed by Jules Pellechet and John Watson. The museum was the first building in the country to be designed in metric rather than imperial measurements. Opened in 1892, it houses a collection of European fine and decorative arts and has a programme of exhibitions and special events.


Opening Arrangements

Open 10am- 5pm every day of the year except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Admission Charges

  • Adult: £10.50 (includes donation)
  • Child: Free to under 16s (as part of family visit)
  • Other Charges: £9.50 (concessions, includes donation)


Located in the town of Barnard Castle, south west County Durham, close to A66. Rail: Darlington (18 miles). Bus: Arriva 75 and 76 (Barnard Castle - Darlington).

Parking Spaces


Disabled Access

  • Wheelchair access: Partial
  • Disabled Toilets: Yes
  • Assistance dogs: Yes