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The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

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The Bowes Museum boasts a renowned collection of fine and decorative art in the surroundings of a sumptuous French château. Highlights include paintings by El Greco, Francisco Goya, Canaletto, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and François Boucher, as well as early works by French glassmaker Émile Gallé. Watch the 18th-century Silver Swan automaton preen itself, and wander through the extensive collections of decorative art, costume displays, ceramics, textiles, and tapestries. A cafe offers both light meals and heartier fare, or you can picnic outdoors in the museum's verdant parkland. The surrounding woodlands, children's playground, and seasonal outdoor events complete the experience. For The Bowes Museum and beyond, use our Barnard Castle travel itinerary planner to get the most from your Barnard Castle vacation.
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  • We visited the museum today with our three grandchildren spending a great 5 hours there. Children were brilliant because they were so entertained by everything the museum has to offer. Areas to draw.....  more
    We visited the museum today with our three grandchildren spending a great 5 hours there. Children were brilliant because they were so entertained by everything the museum has to offer. Areas to draw.....  more »
  • wonderful afternoon at the Bowes Museum. Something for everyone, old and young. Well curated. my favourites were the temporary jubilee exhibition and the fashion gallery. The cafe provided excellent.....  more
    wonderful afternoon at the Bowes Museum. Something for everyone, old and young. Well curated. my favourites were the temporary jubilee exhibition and the fashion gallery. The cafe provided excellent.....  more »
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  • Excellent museum, very well laid out. Lots of interesting well described items/ works of art. Good parking, easy access, and a great cafe with super food. Informative staff who were very pleasant and helpful. Entrance fee £15.50 and it lasts all year, so Good value.
  • Excellent museum and grounds. Hugely interesting story of the couple who built and collected items to fill it. Very high quality exhibits, across a broad spectrum from furniture, silverware, ceramics and paintings to religious artifacts. The staff seem genuinely excited to work here and were very knowledgeable. Once purchased the ticket lasts for 12 months and the on site restaurant was also 5 star.

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